SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Optimism, Modernism and the cult of expertise

"Modernism was defined by a faith in the transformative capacity of
expertise. Organizations like CIAM and Telesis produced manifestos and
visionary schemes for urban transformation. Peter Allen, urban
historian and UC Berkeley doctoral candidate, will explore this crucial
characteristic of the modernist vision: an optimistic belief in
humanity’s power to shape the future.

Okay to bring lunch."


San Francisco Living: AIA Home Tours Weekend

"This popular weekend showcases modernism at its finest and features a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and distinctive San Francisco residences, all in keeping with this year’s theme of Everyday, Design. AIA recommends biking the Home Tours weekend. Bicyclists must purchase day-of tickets at the Home Tours Headquarters and must show up with their […]

Spacesuit and Cities

From SPUR: When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: twenty-one layers of fabric, each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. Playtex’s spacesuit went up against hard armor-like spacesuits […]

This Week: Advisory Committee, Regionalism, Bike Parking Standards

Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar: Monday/tonight! Bicycle Advisory Committee. The committee meets monthly to consider bicycle transportation projects and policies to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, the SFMTA, and other City and County agencies. Monday/tonight! Oct. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 408, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. Tuesday A […]

Streetsblog is Looking for Interns

We’ve got a lot of important work to accomplish at Streetsblog San Francisco. As traditional mainstream media continues to suffer, Streetsblog will play a vital role in keeping the citizenry informed and putting the heat on the MTA, the MTC, the Mayor, the Supes and other agencies to dramatically improve conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and […]