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.