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TOURS

Join us on various tours exploring an array of neighborhoods relating to the theme Resilient City: Strength by Design.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Immerse yourself in these exclusive tours from Sonoma to San Francisco. Explore the beautiful artwork installations at Oliver Ranch to glimpses of the diverse and unique communities of the city like 826 Valencia's new Tenderloin Center.

Sept 9: SFO Airport
Sept 17: Oliver Ranch
Sept 19: 826 Valencia
 
 
WALKING TOURS

Bring a light jacket, a water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes as we explore old and new areas of the city all exploring the theme "Resilient City."

Sept 6: Mission Bay
Sept 8: Dogpatch
Sept 13: Polk Street
Sept 18: Mission Bay
Sept 20: Union Square
Living with Water in
Mission Bay

September 6, 3:00-5:00 PM

Start and End point: 4th and King St., Cal Train Plaza, San Francisco

$20 AIA Member | $30 General Admission

This tour led by Perkins+Will in Mission Bay will rediscover the neighborhood that was once actually tidal saltwater and a creek and see what it is today. Landscape architect Jennifer Cooper-Sabo, architect and historian James Mallery, and urban designer Kristen Hall will explore Mission Bay’s past, from a pristine marsh to the polluted industrial district, and explore the current developments of Mission Rock. Come reimagine the way we will continue to interact with the water’s edge.

Dogpatch Walk: Art and the Economics of Urban Culture

September 8, 3:00-5:00 PM

Start and End Point: 1275 Minnesota St., San Francisco

$20 AIA Member | $30 General Admission

 

 

The Dogpatch neighborhood in San Francisco is a community being changed by the residents, businesses, and especially the artists who live and work in the area. This walking tour, led by Jensen Architects, will visit key locations and highlight the dynamics of how local artists are sustained by their communities. 

Polk Alleyways District Walk: Neighborhood Empowerment

September 13, 3:00-5:00 PM

Start point:1173 Sutter St., San Francisco

$20 AIA Member | $30 General Admission

 

In a community desperately in need of green spaces and quality shared public space, INTERSTICE Architects is working to understand and reenvision the Lower Polk Neighborhood (LPN) alleys as open space opportunities. Come on this tour of the five LPN alleyways with INTERSTICE as they share their observations and study of how each can be uniquely and individually integrated into a larger, planned amenity for the whole neighborhood.

Networks for Community Resilience: #OurChangingClimate

September 18, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Start point: 4th + King St., CalTrain Station

$20 AIA Member | $30 General Admission

 

This walking tour of one of the most vulnerable urban landscapes in San Francisco, Mission Bay, will expose evidence of the current climate vulnerability as we walk from the China Basin into Mission Bay where new development is happening. Come be a part of the growing and diversifying network that can help shape local and regional climate debates and advocate for greater community resilience.

 
 
 
Nolli Plan Walk: Union Square

September 20, 3:00-5:00 PM

Start Point: Union Square, San Francisco

$20 AIA Member | $30 General Admission

 

Explore San Francisco’s Union Square through a guided tour of the rich network of semi-public pathways extending into corporate and hotel lobbies, retail arcades, religious spaces, and even onto city rooftops. Inspired by the iconic figure-ground Nolli Plan of Renaissance Rome, see how the public pedestrian (street) realm of the city is joined almost seamlessly with a complementary realm of semi-public (off-street) pedestrian spaces. 

SFO Terminal + Tower

September 9, 3:00-5:00 PM

Start Point: SFO Bart Station Entrance by SFO International Terminal

$20 AIA Member | $30 General Admission

 

The San Francisco International Airport is a leader in architecture and resilience through the additions of the new International Terminal (completed 2001) and the Air Traffic Control Tower (completed 2016). Join us on a tour at SFO led by engineers at SOM and Walter P Moore to learn about the new terminal and tower.

Please note, this tour will be held in public, non-secure areas of SFO. Please keep a valid ID on you at all times during the tour (Drivers License and/or Passport).

Presented with SEAONC

 
 
Oliver Ranch Tour

September 17, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Start Point: Geyserville

$85 AIA Member | $110 General Admission

 

Located in the heart of Sonoma County, Oliver Ranch is home to 18 remarkable site-specific installations. On this guided tour, Steve Oliver shares stories of the ranch’s evolution from sheep quarters to world-renowned sculpture ranch. Tour leaders also include Jim Jennings, AIA (Visiting Artists House). Proceeds benefit the Center for Architecture + Design.

 

Tour length is 2-3 hours and requires walking 2.5 miles on site. Due to the nature of the site, the tour is not ADA accessible. All guests will need to ride a bus to the start location. More details will be made available to ticketholders a week prior to the tour.

Future-Focused Resiliency: 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center

September 19, 5:30 -7:00 PM

826 Valencia Tenderloin Center

180 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco

$20 AIA Member | $30 General Admission

 

Join INTERSTICE Architects on a tour of the recently opened 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center on the corner of Leavenworth and Golden Gate in the heart of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood. 826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting under-resourced young students in developing their creative and expository writing skills and helping teachers inspire creativity through writing.