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September 7, 2017

Why This Year’s Architecture and the City Festival will be the Coolest One Yet

You won’t want to miss this one. San Francisco is no stranger to unconventional architectural masterpieces. With its topography of seven hills and steep gradients, it's no wonder why you'll find buildings adjusted to match these challenging environments. As you explore the city, you will find different styles of buildings from Victorian to Art Deco to Mid-Century and more. San Francisco is always changing and doesn't identify with any one architectural style; instead innovative architects continue to discover ways to work with our urban environment. 

Happening throughout the month of September, this year’s Architecture and the City Festival will explore the layers of historic San Francisco and how design and architecture play a key role in the ever-changing urban landscape. Filled with locals, residents, tourists, commuters and homeless —each with their own point of view and institutional knowledge on certain aspects of the city, parts of San Francisco still remain hidden from the casual observer, the so-called “Secret City.” Opportunities to understand the city’s past through programming at this year’s festival will help connect all the communities within the city to plan for a more livable future.

Now in its 14th year, Architecture and the City has also inspired other cities to launch festivals of their own in the last decade, including Sacramento, New York, Seattle and Portland. For now, you can experience it right here through Sept. 30, 2017.

More than 40 events are planned; however, here are a few suggestions to build on:

Secret City Exhibition

The AIASF Design Gallery, 130 Sutter St., will be the site for the “Secret City” gallery exhibition through Nov. 17, 2017. How does the City, and its secrets, inspire artists and their work? AIASF and The Center reveal and explore alternate perspectives on the city of San Francisco in this curated selection of works from the following Bay Area artists: Jennifer Clifford, Dan Hogman, Henrik Kam, Daniel Morago, Yon Sim, Joshua Singer, Clark Thenhaus. Collective works from Creativity Explored as well as The East Cut Identity Project artists Terri Loewenthal, Aleya Hoerlein, Michael Osborne and Karin Soukup.

Cutting Edge: Revealing the Visible

On Sept. 19 the East Cut Community Benefit District will host a walking tour guided by Jeffrey Heller, resident, FAIA president, and founder of San Francisco’s Heller Manus Architects. The East Cut CBD represents the Rincon Hill, Folsom Street and Transbay areas. This unique part of San Francisco has experienced significant change and growth in the past few decades, including the removal of the Embarcadero Freeway and the densest concentration of new home construction in the Bay Area.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

What Does a Future Sanctuary City Look Like?

Now in its 10th year, AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design celebrate the GOOD Design legacy with a design charrette on Sept. 21 examining the role of design in shaping San Francisco as a sanctuary city. GOOD Design 2017 will ask to imagine that future. What shape will the city become? Where will we find refuge, and what will we surrender? What will San Francisco become?

The Secret Sauce

Whether it’s a concealed door that leads to a speakeasy, a hidden garden unknown to the outside world, or a piece of history long forgotten, everyone has a secret that they hold dear. Join the folks at SPUR for an evening of mysteries and enigmas as a slate of presenters reveal the hidden elements of the world that most appeal to them on Sept. 28.

Bring Down the House

Hobnob with industry peers and design influencers. Join the American Institute of Architects San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design to close out the 14th annual Architecture and the City Festival at 130 Sutter St., Sept. 29, 2017.

More Design Perks

Still keen on learning a little more about San Francisco’s architectural all-stars? Take one of the free City Guides tours which have a strong architectural component to their walking tours.

Photo: AIASF

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