City of the Future

Project:City of the Future Exhibition and Panel Discussion
Date: Feb 06 2009
Venue:California College of the Arts
Credit: Anderson Anderson Architecture, Fougeron Architects, Gelfand Partners Architects, IF architecture, IwamotoScott Architecture, KUTH/RANIERI Architects, PFAU Architecture

During the last two years, the History Channel, IBM and Infiniti, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), have challenged architects and designers nationwide to imagine this country’s most important cities, one hundred years into the future. Last year the selected metropolises were New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This year’s cities were San Francisco, Washington and Atlanta. Eight design firms competed in each city for a $10,000.00 first prize, where the winner of each city was entered into a national competition to be decided by an online vote. This exhibition is of the design proposals of those teams selected to envision the city of San Francisco in the year 2108—a design challenge intensified by the time limit allotted for the development of each team’s future urban vision. In the initial event, after having been pre-selected to participate in the competition, each of the teams had only seven days to fully develop their design proposals, three hours to install the exhibition of their work, and 15 minutes to present their ideas to the competition design jury in a public forum held at the Ferry Building on January 20th of this year. IwamotoScott Architecture received the First Place award for their scheme: “Hydro Net.” Honorable Mentions included two awards: the Infiniti Extraordinary Design Award given to Fougeron Architecture, and the IBM Innovation and Technology Award given to Pfau Architecture.

Exhibition Curation: Mona El Khafif, Mark Donahue
Panel Discussion: Ila Berman, Director of CCA Architecture in discussion with: Fougeron Architecture, Gelfand Partners, IF architecture, IwamotoScott Architecture, KUTH/RANIERI Architects, Anderson Anderson Architecture, PFAU Architecture

DSCN0696web DSCN0744web