Alternative Futures

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Alternative Futures

Alternative Futures Exhibition

The Queer Cultural Center (QCC) in collaboration with California College for the Arts (CCA), Openhouse and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center present:
Alternative Futures – an exhibition of visionary architectural designs inspired by the new LGBT senior housing project at 55 Laguna.

February 1 – March 15, 2014
3rd Floor, Community Space
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Free and Open to the Public

Alternative Futures, an exhibition of visionary architectural designs inspired by the new LGBT senior housing project at 55 Laguna, will be on display on the third floor of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center February 1 – March 15, 2014, with a reception free and open to the public on Saturday, February 8th from 1 – 3 pm.

Come see the visionary designs for LGBT senior housing by Masters students in CCA’s Architecture program. Using 55 Laguna, an LGBT senior housing project currently being developed in San Francisco as inspiration, the students were challenged to think about the specific history and needs of the LGBT senior community and how that might inspire new strategies for multi-unit housing in the city. Student designs will be on display at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center through March 15th. The public is invited to a free reception on March 8th, from 1 to 3pm.

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About 55 Laguna
In August 2012, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved the Openhouse plan to build LGBT-welcoming senior housing at 55 Laguna St.  Openhouse has partnered with veteran housing developer, Mercy Housing California, to build, own and operate 110 apartments for seniors in need of affordable housing. In what promises to be another proud landmark in the history of LGBT people in San Francisco and the nation, the project also includes a community center and Openhouse service offices for residents and LGBT seniors from across the city.

See Openhouse website for more information:

The Alternative Futures exhibition is being curated by Neal Schwartz AIA, Associate Professor at California College of the Arts as part of the ongoing Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts (QCCA) program – a collaborative effort between QCC and CCA aimed at uplifting the profile of the queer arts movement by bringing together locally and nationally renowned queer artists, writers, filmmakers and scholars to discuss a broad range of LGBT topics in humanities and the arts.

The exhibition reception will be held on Saturday, February 8th from 1 – 3 pm and will be an opportunity for public to interact with exhibition curators and contributors as well as individuals leading the 55 Laguna project.

Image by Tyler Jones-Powell (CCA Architecture Masters Studio 3)
Instructors: Neal Schwartz (Coordinator), Ian Dunn & Darell Fields

About QCC (Queer Cultural Center):

Founded in 1993, Qcc is a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of San Francisco’s LGBT community. We implement our mission by operating programs that commission and present Queer artists, that promote the development of culturally diverse Queer arts organizations and that document significant Queer arts events taking place in San Francisco. By presenting, exhibiting, screening and documenting queer artists’ work, Qcc contributes to the development of a multicultural perspective on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender experience. To learn more about the Queer Cultural Center please visit

About Openhouse:
Founded in San Francisco in 1998, Openhouse enables San Francisco Bay Area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing critically needed housing, direct services, and community programs. Openhouse works to reduce isolation and empower LGBT seniors to improve their health, well-being and economic security. To learn more about Openhouse please visit

About the San Francisco LGBT Community Center:
The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. When visitors arrive at the Center, they find free services like career counseling, job fairs, computer lab, social activities, mentorships, youth meals, daycare, various workshops and much more. Here they can connect with other LGBT people and organize to secure our equal rights. The Center is truly the heart, home and hands of the San Francisco LGBT community. To learn more about The Center please

About California College of the Arts:
California College of the Arts educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Benefitting from its San Francisco Bay Area location, the college prepares students for lifelong creative work by cultivating innovation, community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. To learn more about California College of the Arts please visit: