SPUR Hosts “Growing Cooler: Urbanism and Climate Change”

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Achieving a Jobs/Housing Balance

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From SPUR: The Bay Area is unprepared for the immense growth expected in the next 30 years due to a major imbalance between housing and jobs. Hitting a housing target of 770,000 new homes would balance the region’s housing and jobs, but missing the target will push workforce housing farther out to the regional edge […]

SPUR: A Conversation with The New Yorker’s David Owen

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From SPUR: Image: Flickr user Idle Type This event will take place in San Jose. Air conditioners are cheaper and more efficient so we use them more. Greater fuel efficiency has driven us to use more, not less, gas. In his new book, The Conundrum, David Owen, writer for The New Yorker and author of Green Metropolis, addresses these and countless […]

Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change

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Editor’s note: Today we are very pleased to begin a five-part series of excerpts from Peter Calthorpe’s book, “Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.” Keep reading this week and next to learn how you can win a copy of the book from Island Press. I take as a given that climate change is an […]

SPUR Citizen Planning Institute Series: Fourth Session

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Session Four: Challenges of Placemaking "The Bay Area’s population is growing. How do we grow sustainably? In this session, we will develop an understanding of Greenbelt Alliance’s groundbreaking Grow Smart Bay Area research, which shows that our region has plenty of room to accommodate projected new jobs and housing in climate-friendly walkable neighborhoods in our […]

What is landscape urbanism?

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From SPUR: A subject of growing interest globally, landscape urbanism is seen as a way to reimagine large cities and aging infrastructures. Landscape urbanism emphasizes the integration of natural, structural, cultural and infrastructural layers of urban space, and suggests a reexamination of current planning models. SPUR brings together Marco Esposito of SWA Group, Kevin Conger of CMG Landscape Architecture […]