Coit Tower. Victorian row houses. Oh, and that big red bridge. This city boasts some pretty jaw-dropping structures. Throughout the month of September, you?ll be able to get up close and personal with some of SF?s iconic edifices at the Architecture and the City Festival.
The schedule of events includes a behind-the-scenes look at the new SFJAZZ Center and a walking tour of Valencia Street with the architects of The Abbot?s Cellar. But we?re most fascinated by the Unbuilt exhibition, which displays renderings of unfinished and future projects. For your consideration--and amusement--a few examples of what will be... and what could have been:
On the Way
Transbay Transit Center Billed as the Grand Central Station of the West, this transportation hub, currently under construction, will connect 11 systems including Caltrain, Amtrak and Muni.
Mission Rock Development Next to AT&T Park, a 3.6-million-square-foot plaza is in process. It will become home to an Anchor Brewing Company warehouse and a massive waterfront park.
Prada?s HQ in Union Square Alas, in 2000, the financing fell through for this 10-story building that was to house showrooms, a gallery space and a VIP penthouse.
A Grateful Dead Museum In the late ?90s, Terrapin Station (to include music venues and a so-called psychedelic dance hall) was proposed, but a site was never found.
?Unbuilt? is on display at AIA through October 25; admission is free. 130 Sutter St.