Architecture Made of Dreams

Series of new exhibits explores wild unbuilt designs for the Bay Area and Los Angeles
Model of the legendary ‘Butterfly Wing’ bridge, the aborted
Frank Lloyd Wright design that’s part of ‘Unbuilt San Francisco.’
(photo: courtesy Jan Novie and Aaron Green Associates)

The exhibit ‘Unbuilt San Francisco,’ a look at “visionary ideas that were too grandiose for even San Franciscans to consider,” will be shown, beginning August 15, through summer and fall 2013.

Among visions of a future that never arrived will be a scheme for a Transamerica tower that would have been a cylinder, not a pyramid; Jan Lubicz-Nycz’s crystalline towers for Diamond Heights in San Francisco; Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Butterfly Wing’ bridge; and imaginative proposals for sustainable living.

Exhibits will be held in five Bay Area locations: the American Institute of Architects (130 Sutter Street, S.F.); the California Historical Society (678 Mission Street, S.F.); SPUR (654 Mission Street, S.F.); the San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin Street, S.F.); and the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley (280 Wurster Hall, Berkeley). Dates and times vary.

The opening reception will be 5 p.m. September 6 at Annie’s Alley, between 678 and 654 Mission Street, San Francisco.

In Southern California, ‘Never Built: Los Angeles’ will be on display at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum (6032 Wilshire Boulevard, L.A.) from July 28 to October 13. Among the never-built works in the show will be Wright’s Doheny Ranch and a 1960s scheme by John Lautner of “a series of spaceship-like apartments.”

For a closer look at some of these wild architectural dreams, read ‘Bay Area Reimagined’ in the summer ’13 issue of CA-Modern magazine, and online here. For the Bay Area ‘unbuilt’ exhibits, click here. For the Los Angeles exhibit, click here.