Architecture and the City
By: Kyra Gebhardt
August 30th marks the opening of the 10th annual Architecture and the City Festival, a much anticipated program featuring tours, lectures, film, and more. The month-long festival is the largest in the nation, hosting over 40 programs. This year, Architecture and the City’s theme “Unbuilt San Francisco” will encourage visitors to look beyond existing structures, and explore why some planned buildings were never constructed.
Architecture and the City will begin with an opening night party on August 30th, hosted by Obscura Digital. The festival will continue with behind-the-scenes tours of the new Exploratorium, Jefferson Mack Metals, the Mill on Divisadero, and SFJAZZ. The festival will also include a series of lectures by Teddy Cruz, Chris Downey, Joshua Cushner, and Jonathan Segal, as well as a series of film screenings and workshops.
Stop by the Unbuilt San Francisco exhibitions, where AIA San Francisco, Center for Architecture + Design, Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, California Historical Society, SPUR, and the San Francisco Public Library have collaborated to exhibit the San Francisco that never came to pass. Each venue will be holding lectures, discussions, and panels, as well as exhibiting some of the most influential architectural designs in San Francisco. See plans that never reached fruition, and early designs for the city’s most famous landmarks.
Architecture and the City will also be hosting a series of walking tours, focusing on the distinctive and specialized neighborhoods that San Francisco is known for. Tour Chinatown with Phillip Choy, walk through Central Market with the SF Planning Department to discuss the proposed Market Octavia, join historian Lorri Ungaretti on a tour of Inner Sunset and Fisherman’s Wharf, or tour noteworthy Valencia Street businesses with a team of architects.
Finish with tours of ten distinctive homes that inspire creativity on the San Francisco Living Home Tours. Open to the public on September 28th and 29th, the home tours are self-guided. Visitors are able to explore some of the more remarkable living spaces in San Francisco, and interact with the design teams that created them.
Tickets to this popular festival sell out fast! For ticket information, full listings of events, home listings, and more visit aiasf.org.
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