SPUR Evening Forum: Rising Tides: The Winners

"This summer, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, AIA San Francisco and other partners hosted an international design competition for ideas about how cities can prepare for and adapt to sea level rise—one of the most critical impacts of global warming. Competition entries ranged from imaginative ways to live on (or in) water to practical engineering strategies for adapting buildings and infrastructure for floods. Some proposals simply suggested moving coastal city dwellers to higher and drier ground.

At this special event, five of the six winning teams will present their ideas for adapting to sea level rise in San Francisco. Presenters will include: Wright Huaiche Yang and J. Lee Stickles (Topographical Shifts at the Urban Waterfront); Thom Faulders, Faulders Studio (RAYdike); Craig Hartman, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (BayARC); Yumi Lee, LANDplus Design (Evolutionary Recovery); and Elizabeth Ranieri, Kuth Ranieri Architects (Folding Water).

All boards featuring winning and honorable mention entries are on view in the Urban Center."


SPUR: Let’s Not Miss the Boat on What America’s Cup Could Do For SF

Editor’s note: The following is being republished from SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. Visit their blog at SPUR.org. When it comes to global sporting events, almost as intense as the competition between star athletes is the competition between cities to play host. That’s because hosting a major international sporting event presents […]

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Monday afternoon the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) hosted a lunch-time talk entitled “Designing For What We Don’t Know Yet,” that discussed architectural and design concepts for workplaces of the future. Some 80 people attended the panel at SPUR’s Mission Street headquarters, which covered concepts ranging from building offices on […]

An Emerging New Bike Plan for San Francisco is a Bold Path Forward

After four years of an agonizing bicycle injunction that prevented the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) from adding any significant improvements to the city’s bike network, a judge earlier this year finally freed the SFMTA to begin building out the city’s long-promised Bicycle Plan. In short order, the SFMTA made some very noticeable improvements, […]