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Jul
4
2016
Aug
26
2016
San Francisco

Transbay Rising

A street view of a rapidly growing neighborhood.
The Transbay Center District is in the midst of a major makeover that has been in the works for decades, shifting the heart of downtown south toward the future Transbay Transit Center. SPUR's first photography exhibition presents a set of images taken by local photographer Sergio Ruiz from the streets of the Transbay neighborhood from 2010 to 2016. The images focus on street life as set within the…
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Nov
11
2015
Jun
3
2016
San Francisco

Sound and the City

How do sounds influence our sense of place within cities? How do they affect how we move, feel and relate to one another? SPUR's exhibition, Sound and the City, seeks to answer these questions by convening artists, designers, musicians and scholars and showcasing a series of interactive projects that encourage the exploration of our contemporary urban environments with newly open ears. Generously sponsored by the Yerba…
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Aug
20
2015
Oct
21
2015
San Francisco

VENUE

VENUE is a multimedia documentation of the 16-month U.S. tour embarked upon by two of the Internet’s most acclaimed bloggers, Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG) and Nicola Twilley (Edible Geography). Inspired by 19th century survey expeditions, VENUE documents “often overlooked yet fascinating sites through the eyes of the innovators, trendsetters, entrepreneurs, and designers at the forefront of ideas today,” thus creating a cross-section of the country for the 21st century.
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Feb
27
2015
Oct
2
2015
San José

Urban Cartography

Mapping in the digital age
Though its history dates back millennia, cartography has exploded in the digital age. The advent of the personal computer, and more recently the smart phone, has driven the creation of maps at a frenzied pace. From the struggle between open source and proprietary systems to the constant balance between data and artistry, Urban Cartography selectively examines the last 20 years of map making and explores…
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May
14
2015
Aug
7
2015
San Francisco

Design for Resilience: Learning from Rebuild by Design

Natural disasters and their devastating aftermath are increasingly common for many communities around the world. One recent example, 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, affected millions of people across the northeast coast of the United States and became the second most expensive natural disaster in the country’s history. Rather than simply reconstruct what had existed before the storm, or rely on conventional strategies of disaster management, the scale…
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Feb
20
2015
May
1
2015
San Francisco

Urbanism From Within

Designing Secondary Units for San Francisco
One challenge of increasing housing density in San Francisco is the close link between the city’s identity and a romantic vision of Victorian housing. But what if we could add thousands of new housing units without disrupting this image? SPUR’s new exhibition examines how the legalization of secondary units within existing housing typologies can help solve the city’s housing shortage. Co-presented by California College of…
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