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."


The Death Star, Apple and Urban Design: SPUR Talk on the Future of Cities

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 […]

Adapting to sea level rise in Alameda County

From SPUR: The Bay Area is already working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but mitigation alone will not adequately address impending sea level rise and other climate change impacts. We must take action to reduce our vulnerability to these impacts, a niche partially being filled by the new Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Project. Join […]

SPUR Evening Symposium: Good Design SF

"Good design can solve everyday problems. Join Min Day Architecture, Mike and Maaike, Stamen Design, Surface Design, Kuth Ranieri Architects and Volume, some of the brightest minds from the vast and varied San Francisco design community, as they present simple solutions to some of the city’s most pressing issues, selected by urban leaders who can […]

How Climate Change Affects Transportation Infrastructure

A sobering post today from the Streetsblog Network on the importance of preparing our transportation system for the effects of climate change. Megan McConville at The City Fix reports on a panel titled "Perspectives on Adaptation to Climate Change," hosted by the Engineers Forum on Sustainability. The message? "We can no longer focus exclusively on […]