SPUR Evening Symposium: The Rational City: The troubled legacy of top-down planning

"Modernist planners and architects sought to address substandard housing conditions and provide light, air and green space through urban planning and design. Yet in creating the "City of Tomorrow," they destroyed many of the places they tried to save. What can we learn from the Moderns’ vision – and its pitfalls – today? Join panelists Dan Solomon, architect with Solomon E.T.C., a WRT Company; Anthea Hartig of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Fred Blackwell, director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency; and exhibition curator Benjamin Grant."

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From the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: Join David Baker, FAIA, David Baker Architects; Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz, SF Bike Coalition; Ben Grant, SPUR; and Alison Sant, Studio for Urban Projects, for a panel discussion focusing on the major changes along the Market Street corridor. You will have a chance to hear from the city’s leading experts on transportation, architecture, and city […]

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"Urban renewal, the result of top-down planning by government entities with extraordinary land use powers, left deep political and physical scars in San Francisco. In response, a variety of efforts to assert community control and preserve the physical qualities of the city defined development politics for a generation or more. Redevelopment Agency Director Fred Blackwell, […]

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From SPUR: Much of San Francisco’s current development boom has its basis in the ambitious area plans the city adopted over the past decade. With no new area plans in the pipeline, however, smaller-scale planning efforts will be leading development into the future. Come learn about some of these targeted, tactical strategies that hope to […]

What would 100,000 people per square mile look like?

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From SPUR: Density can take many different forms in urban environments. Come hear from three San Francisco architects as they share their take on what 100,000 people per square mile might look like and what it would take to get there. With David Baker of David Baker + Partners, Craig Hartman of SOM and Dan Solomon of […]