Architecture and the City Festival
Celebrating San Francisco’s unique built environment and design community, Architecture and the City is the first festival of its kind in the Bay Area. The month-long celebration features behind the scenes tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. Curated by Eric Heiman
2013 Festival Theme: Unbuilt San Francisco
San Francisco's architectural heritage consists of the buildings and spaces we see and touch, but also the structures that were never built and the plans that never came to be. The 2013 festival theme, Unbuilt San Francisco, will explore a parallel history of this ever-provocative city.
Due for release in 2016 this trailer is from the upcoming documentary 5 Blocks. The revitalization of San Francisco's central Market Street, from a gritty no-man's land to a center for art and technology, is well underway. Already, companies like Dolby and Twitter have moved into the area, lured by cheap rents, tax breaks, and vacant historic buildings. In turn, the rising rents are displacing artists and non-profits who have called the neighborhood home for decades. Will the promise of lifting people up instead push them out?.
The Human Scale
50 % of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning.