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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"One of the first gold-certified LEED for neighborhoods development in California, Tassafaronga Village is a new 7.5-acre Oakland Housing Authority community that brings a diversity of affordable housing to an under-served area of West Oakland. Designed by David Baker + Partners, the Village includes an 80-unit apartment building, 22 Habitat for Humanity townhouses as well […]

SPUR Walking Tour: Tassafaronga Village tour with David Baker

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"One of the first gold-certified LEED for neighborhoods development in California, Tassafaronga Village is a new 7.5-acre Oakland Housing Authority community that brings a diversity of affordable housing to an under-served area of Oakland. Designed by David Baker + Partners, the Village includes an 80-unit apartment building, 22 Habitat for Humanity townhouses as well as […]

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From SPUR: Image courtesy of Flickr user Bhautik Joshi. From the quality of the air we breathe, to levels of physical activity, to the relationships that we have with our neighbors, research has shown that the places we call “home” affect us in profound ways. How can we harness this understanding in order to positively […]

SPUR Forum: Building the Market and Octavia Plan

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

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