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Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions

  • 01:00 - 4 September, 2013
Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions
Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions, Designs for United Nations Capitol / Vincent Raney Architect
Designs for United Nations Capitol / Vincent Raney Architect

Two themes – Dreams Deferred and On the Boards – frame the collection of thought-provoking photographs, original drawings, renderings and models that make up Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions. The exhibition juxtaposes outlandish unbuilt work with existing plans which will, in time, have a major impact on our city. 

Featured content includes Vincent Raney's drawings of a United Nations at the foot of Twin Peaks; OMA's designs for Prada's West Coast headquarters, located near Union Square; Fougeron Architecture's envisioning of a future San Francisco with agriculture woven directly into the urban framework; and an early look at the revitalization of Pier 70's Waterfront Site. Unbuilt San Francisco is the theme of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Architecture and the City festival.

More information and images after the break.

Golden Gate Tidal Power and Desalination Station / Marc L'Italien
Golden Gate Tidal Power and Desalination Station / Marc L'Italien

If San Franciscans like to describe their city as “49 square miles surrounded by reality,” the visionary ideas that were too grandiose for even San Franciscans to consider remain some of the most fantastic designs for any city in the world. Imagine a grand casino on Alcatraz, the city wrapped in freeways and a subdivision covering flattened hills north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

SFJAZZ rendering / Mark Cavagnero Associates
SFJAZZ rendering / Mark Cavagnero Associates

This ambitious five-venue exhibition and its accompanying programs will provide viewers with an opportunity to confront visions for the region that never came to pass. Images include early designs for San Francisco City Hall and other landmarks, neighborhood-scaled plans that were blocked by community activists, and provocative works by architects prodding society to take on challenges like sea level rise.

Cultivating the Urban Eutopia / Fougeron Architecture
Cultivating the Urban Eutopia / Fougeron Architecture

Each institution will display treasures from archival collections, architecture firms and private architectural collections, and host companion programming, panel discussions and lectures.

Folding Water / Kuth Ranieri Architect
Folding Water / Kuth Ranieri Architect

For all the venues and dates on related exhibitions please click here.

SFMOMA Expansion / Snohetta
SFMOMA Expansion / Snohetta
  • Title

    Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • From

    August 15, 2013 09:00 AM
  • Until

    October 25, 2013 06:00 PM
  • Venue

    AIA San Francisco
  • Address

    130 Sutter Street #600, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
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