Location: San Francisco, California
(Bubble Apartments, Department Store, High Dive, Hovering Public Building, Atypical Core) This large-scale installation further develops the studio’s ideas on past, current, and future architecture seen in the drawing insideoutsidebetweenbeyond, which SFMOMA acquired in 2015. Questioning the banality of the existing typical urban environment, Bureau Spectacular suggests that economic efficiency is driving its character-less architecture — and that, as monuments to civilization, modern cities’ ubiquitous skyscrapers reflect a predictable, mono-cultural society. Reconsidering urban architecture inside, outside, between, and beyond the monotonous rectangular buildings seen in most city skylines, the exhibition offers an urban landscape littered with surrealistic architectural forms and jarring environments. In this installation, Bureau Spectacular prioritizes the value of architecture over efficiency, imparting a diverse urban sociology.