SPUR Young Urbanists: Exploring “Metropolis,” the theme for Burning Man 2010

"Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather to celebrate Burning Man in the Nevada desert and create Black Rock City—a temporary town, and the third largest in Nevada—for one week. This year’s theme “Metropolis, the Life of Cities,” explores the common elements of the city and the festival—organic, spontaneous, heterogeneous and untidy hubs of social interaction. Join us for a conversation with Larry Harvey, a founder of Burning Man, followed by a party in true Black Rock City style with DJ Syd Gris, performance artists and other surprises!"


Burning Man and the Art of Urbanism

From SPUR: Join SPUR’s Young Urbanists for this evening forum. For one week each year, Black Rock City becomes one of the world’s great cities, influencing the worlds of music and art and feeding the cultures of other cities around the world. Bay Guardian city editor Steven T. Jones will lead a lively discussion with […]

Streetsblog San Francisco is Taking a Late Summer Vacation

Flickr photo: Troy Holden Starting tomorrow, we’re taking a late summer vacation from publishing Streetsblog San Francisco. We’ll resume our regular publishing schedule on September 7th. We hope you enjoy your Labor Day holiday and for the many of you going up to Burning Man for the Metropolis themed festivities, we hope you have fun […]

Talking Headways Podcast: Setting Real Goals and Accelerating Change

This week we're joined by Doug Farr, president of Farr Associates and author of Sustainable Nation. Doug tells us about the different patterns of urbanism he describes in the book, and how we can take a bottom-up approach to changing our cities. He also gives his take on the Burning Man festival and the "forced boredom" that induces great conversations, and discusses why Alexis de Tocqueville's 1835 work, Democracy in America, is still relevant today.