CANCELED – SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Contextual urban design

"The contextualist movement in San Francisco arose following the simultaneous realization of Modernist projects like the Embarcadero Center and the loss of historic buildings like the City of Paris. David Baker of David Baker + Partners takes a critical look at the strengths and weaknesses of the movement, from the early historic rehabilitation of sites such as Ghirardelli Square to the various forms of buildings that are designed to fit in, and assesses the wisdom of legal guidelines that enforce the movement."

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David Baker leading the AIA Architectural Gems San Francisco Bike Tour. Photo: jordanfischer In case you hadn’t already noticed from reading Today’s Headlines, there are a bunch of good bicycle rides this weekend, two of which I want to highlight here. For a good list of rides check out SFBC’s Chain of Events. First, Architect, […]

SPUR Citizen Planning Institute Series: Third Session

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Session Three: Growing Smarter  "In this session, we will discuss holistic approaches beyond the individual project, whereby public policy as contained in general plans, zoning, subdivision and other regulations can make real differences in developer proposals and on the ground outcomes. However, the rubber ultimately hits the road in actual project design. We will discuss […]

SPUR Walking Tour: Tassafaronga Village: Bicycle tour with David Baker

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SPUR Lunchtime Forum: XERO Dallas

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"Architects David Baker, Ian Dunn and Amit Price Patel of David Baker + Partners Architects and David Fletcher from Fletcher Studio will present Xero Project, their winning entry in the Re:Vision Dallas competition designed in conjunction with Fletcher Studio. Sponsored by Urban Re:Vision of San Francisco, the competition asked designers to propose a fully sustainable […]