Model City: Designing San Francisco

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The San Francisco History Center invites you to a special talk with Alison Isenberg, author of Designing San Francisco: Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay and professor of history at Princeton University. In Designing San Francisco, Isenberg shifts the focus from architects and city planners—those most often hailed in histories of urban development and design—to the unsung artists, activists, and others who played pivotal roles in rebuilding San Francisco between the 1940s and the 1970s. In recognition of the allied arts including architectural model makers, Isenberg will begin the conversation with the building of the San Francisco wood model by WPA.

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A project of the Public Knowledge partnership between San Francisco Public Library and SFMOMA. 2018-19 photographic images of the model, courtesy of Beth LaBerge

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