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Museums, cemeteries! Truly identical in their sinister juxtaposition of bodies that do not know each other. Public dormitories where you sleep side by side for ever with beings you hate or do not know. Reciprocal ferocity of the painters and sculptors who murder each other in the same museum with blows of line and color. To make a visit once a year, as one goes to see the graves of our dead once a year, that we could allow! We can even imagine placing flowers once a year at the feet of the Gioconda! But to take our sadness, our fragile courage and our anxiety to the museum every day, that we cannot admit! Do you want to poison yourselves? Do you want to rot?

F. T. Marinetti, 1909

Opening : Friday November 8, 6pm
Architecture Lightning Talks : Friday November 8, 7pm
Closing : Saturday November 9, 9pm
PROXY SF, Hayes St. + Octavia St. (map) FREE

A Planned Disappearance of is an exhibit on temporary structures. The second in DoA's series of pop-up architecture events, it aims to craft a moment of cultural intensity and civic dialogue within San Francisco.

A series of performances, talks, and installations will address how artists and architects incorporate material efficiencies, modular systems, and new technologies to adapt to limited schedules and resources. We will look at how the formalization of these broad themes has opened up opportunities for radical experimentation in the design of non-places and how the planned obsolescence of our surroundings, through digital ephemera and transient occupancy, creates active topographies.

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Andrew Atwood


First Office

Andrew Atwood is a principal of First Office, an architecture practice founded with Anna Neimark in downtown Los Angeles. Atwood is faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture where he teaches Design Studios and Visual Studies Seminars. First Office's work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, including the Beijing Biennale, the Pacific Design Center, the Storefront for Art and Architecture and an upcoming show at the MAK Center, Los Angeles, among others. With Neimark he has published articles in Project Journal, ThinkSpace Pamphlet, and a forthcoming issue of Perspecta. Atwood holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond and an M.Arch I from Harvard GSD. First Office has completed projects in San Francisco, Afghanistan and Los Angeles.

Douglas Burnham


envelope a+d

Douglas Burnham is principal and founder of envelope a+d, a San Francisco Bay Area architecture and design firm whose work reconceptualizes modes of living and building in ways that advance new models of public/private space and compelling visions of the emerging urban condition. envelope a+d's PROXY was a key project in the "Spontaneous Interventions" exhibition in the US Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. PROXY was also awarded Best Building in 2012 by the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco for its strategy of activating underutilized spaces in the city. From 2007-2010 he led the SFMOMA's Architecture + Design Forum as Chair, and now serves on the Forum's Executive Committee. Burnham's work has been published in magazines and journals including The New York Times, dwell, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, and Interior Design, among others. He frequently gives lectures in the U.S. and Europe on the work of envelope a+d.

Paul Chasan

Urban Planner/Urban Designer

San Francisco Planning Department

Paul Chasan is an urban designer with the San Francisco Planning Department. He manages the Living Innovation Zone program and is the lead urban designer for the Department's Green Connections project - a citywide green street plan currently underway that seeks to build sustainable transportation corridors that facilitate walking and biking for people of all ages, reduce stormwater runoff, calm traffic and create and enhance wildlife habitat. Paul formerly managed the department's Parklet Program where he authored the San Francisco Parklet Manual.

Marina Christodoulides



Marina Christodoulides is an Associate at MKThink, an architecture firm that specializes in alternative solutions for traditional built environment problems. She works as a Designer and Planner in their Innovation Studio, and her research and projects focus on interim use strategies. Outside of work, Marina collaborates with former graduate school colleagues on award-winning projects which include the SF Urban Prototyping's Clip + Slide and NOUH's International Competition for a Plaza in Downtown Cairo. She has taught at UCBerkeley, where she also received a MArch and MCP. Her bachelor's degree is in architecture from the University of Virginia.

"The Dismantling of Shostakovich Op. 122, 7th movement (in F Minor)"

Sound Installation

by Shane Myrbeck + Emily Shisko

David Gissen


Architecture Program, California College of the Arts

David Gissen is a historian, theorist, critic and curator of architecture and urbanism. Recent work focuses on developing a novel concept of nature in architectural thought and developing experimental forms of architectural historical practice. He is the recipient of various awards and grants including Graham Foundation grants, the Richard J. Carroll Lectureship from Johns Hopkins University, and the Chalsty Award at CCA. He studied architecture at the University of Virginia, Columbia University, Yale University, and received his PhD from the University College London under the direction of Matthew Gandy and Adrian Forty.

Jason Kelly Johnson


future cities lab

Jason Kelly Johnson is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California and Athens, Greece. Working in collaboration with his partner Nataly Gattegno, Jason has produced a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University in 2001, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia.

Jacob Long


Earthen Sea

Earthen Sea is San Francisco-based musician Jacob Long (ex-Mi Ami, Black Eyes). Since 2006, Long has released a multitude of long-form audio works on a variety of formats and labels, touching on ambient drone, minimalism, krautrock, and doom. Noted for its "swirling low end, pulsing melodies, propulsive barely-there rhythms" and described as "a soft, brooding, throbbing soundscape ... aptly comparable to the perennial fog in San Francisco and its frigid nocturnal ambiance," Long's music is a billowing cloud of tones & emotion fit for any point between a harsh noise show to an experimental film screening.

Shane Myrbeck

Acoustics Consultant


Shane A. Myrbeck is a sound artist, composer and acoustician living in San Francisco. He operates in a variety of sonic contexts, including installation design, composition, architectural acoustics consulting, music performance, lecturing and sound recording. Shane's work explores the visceral and immersive nature of sound through spatial audio display and multi-sensory pieces. His work has been exhibited at Fort Mason Center, the Intersection for the Arts, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, the Lab, California Academy of Sciences, the ODC Theatre, Arup SoundLab, the Whitehaus, IBM Tokyo and on the streets of San Francisco. Shane spends his professional life as an acoustics consultant at Arup, and is currently in charge of the San Francisco SoundLab, an immersive, full-sphere ambisonic sound studio used for composition and acoustic simulation.

Primitive Rendering

Light Installation

by Andrew Atwood

Ilaria Salvadori


Pavement to Parks, San Francisco Planning Department

Dan Spiegel Principal

SAW, Spiegel Aihara Workshop

Dan is the founding partner of SAW, a transdisciplinary design firm, operating at the nexus of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Dan received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. Prior to founding SAW, Dan worked for a number of leading architecture offices in New York, Beijing, and Boston. He was formerly adjunct professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and has been an invited design critic at several schools of architecture, including Harvard University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, and UC Berkeley.

Daniel Trudeau



Pregnant is the musical pipe works of once described hillbilly savant Daniel Trudeau, an intriguing producer, visual artist, musician, and father hailing from the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California. Pairing a sweet vocal style reminiscent of Neil Young with a swelling collage of electronics, foot pedals, guitars and saxophone, Pregnant's whimsical and DIY influences are dream-worthy.

Christopher Willits


Christopher Willits is a multimedia artist, an electronic music and guitar pioneer. Named "the Picasso of sound" (Tokafi), Christopher uses his self-designed software tools to "paint with his guitar" (Pitchfork), creating "mesmerizing, intricate electronic soundscapes" (Nowness) and lush audiovisual performances of weaving patterns, texture, and harmony. A guitarist, composer, producer, photographer, visual artist, and system designer, Willits creates relaxing experiences of overlapping sound and light. Working solo and in collaboration with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Matmos and Taylor Deupree, Christopher has released over 20 albums within the last decade. Willits is based in San Francisco and has a master's degree in electronic music from Mills College.


Sound Installation

by Shane Myrbeck and Emily Shisko

Musical performances curated by Jay Pellicci + Mason Lindahl.
Exhibition assistants: Vanha Lam + Win Mixter

In-kind support provided by Proxy, envelope a+d, and Graduate Programs in Architecture, California College of the Arts


A Planned Disappearance of Radio

A Planned Disappearance of

Local architects, artists, and musicians occupy a temporary pavilion to give lectures and performances in the evenings, while their projects are shown through a mobile app during the day. Participants' phones serve as didactic devices allowing users to engage new contexts, while the pavilion acts as a conduit for exhibit information.

A Planned Disappearance of
November 8 - 9, 2013 at Proxy, 432 Octavia Street. FREE
A Planned Disappearance of
November 8 - 9, 2013 at Proxy, 432 Octavia Street. FREE


Thursday, June 27 at 6pm / doors at 5:30
Refreshments kindly provided by MKThink

Andrew Kudless MATSYS
Benjamin Rice MTTR MGMT
Zoe Prillinger OPA
Josh Jackson MKThink
and Joseph Becker SFMOMA
moderated by DoA

From Lost in Translation text
Prototyping is one of the most fundamental devices used in architectural research and design. It is an experimental process that translates and mediates the constraints of built work. The economic, the structural, the social, the material, the ecological, the experiential, and the political factors that influence buildings become implicit when forms arise from tools closely tied to the visualization of information. Shaped and reshaped, analyzed and optimized, each artifact in the exhibit embodies unique potentials for the built environment.

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE is an architecture gallery based in San Francisco, CA.

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE gives a platform for the after-work work that is at the core of architectural process and practice.

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE gives agency back to Architects by providing an alternative means to profit and a venue to promote work.

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE concentrates its shows into short-term pop-ups to capitalize on the energy of opening nights and to eliminate prohibitive overhead costs.

info @ deptofarchitecture.com