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."


This Week in Livable Streets Events

This week, SPUR envisions 100,000 people per square mile and discusses parks as evolving artifacts, the streets repair bond measure goes before the SF Board of Supervisors, TransForum spotlights car-free adventures and heroes, and the San Jose Bike Party celebrates women who ride. Here are the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar: Monday: What would 100,000 people per square mile […]

Market Street-Scapes: Transportation, Architecture, and City Planning

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 […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: From urban renewal to contextual planning

"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, […]

SPUR Walking Tour: David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza

From SPUR: Berkeley’s new David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza development is one of the best local examples of mixed-use development and green architecture combined. Together, the project includes a LEED Platinum building and conference center for environmental nonprofits, 97 units of low-income family housing, retail, a restaurant, art gallery and parking garage. Join us […]

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

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 […]