Urban Design Critic John King of the San Francisco Chronicle, an instigator of the "Unbuilt San Francisco" exhibitions, explores the afterlife of architectural and planning initiatives that never came to pass -- but left a huge mark on our region nonetheless, seen in everything from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to AT&T Park and the Transbay Terminal that's now under construction.
About the Exhibition:
The twentieth century saw both a series of ambitious efforts to reimagine the city of San Francisco and the explosive growth of the Bay Area as a metropolitan region. In Unbuilt San Francisco: The View from Futures Past, the California Historical Society and SPUR present some of the most revealing episodes in these distinct but related streams of civic discourse through projects that were proposed but never realized. Concern with a particular site, problem, or opportunity often spans a period of decades and presents a window into a city's changing attitudes, politics, and values. Every bit as much as the cities we build, the cities we imagine and reject reveal the collective creativity of the urban project and the imperfect civics of place-making.
The exhibition focuses on plans and schemes at scales from the district to the region, emphasizing planning, urban design, regionalism and environmental management. The exhibition will be divided into four components and feature Taming Nature, The Dream of the Integrated Region, District Revisionsand Transportation and Infrastructure.
When & Where
California Historical Society
Our mission is to inspire and empower Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.
The California Historical Society holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California.
The Gallery provides public access to the collection through changing exhibitions, Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The North Baker Research Library provides public access to the collection, Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.