SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Deliberation and design: hope and the shape of the city

"Designer and founder of New York City’s Center for Urban Pedagogy, Damon Rich will explore how design can engage with place-based activism across the country to energize our most pressing collective conversations. From housing to the environment to economic development, Rich will demonstrate how the tools of design, including videos, drawings, exhibitions and workshops, can bring people together around tough issues in surprising and productive ways."

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From SPUR: Image Credit: Flickr user clickykbd How can we transform urban spaces and consider issues of ecology and sustainability alongside urban form? Frederick “Fritz” Steiner, dean of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and co-author of Urban Ecological Design, discusses a comprehensive design process with the potential to guide any urban design project. Co-presented by […]

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From SPUR: Image courtesy of Flickr user UGArdener The new book The Nature of Urban Design offers a road map for the urban design process — a tool that can transform cities while breaking down barriers between those who change cities and those who are changed by them. Join the author in a conversation about how we can […]
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SPUR: The Fundamentals of Urban Design

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From SPUR: Image Credit: Flickr user donjd2 This event will take place in San Jose. Ever look at San Jose from an urban design perspective? Join Brigitte Williams and Jeff Berg, associate principals at Steinberg Associates, and Benjamin Grant, SPUR’s public realm and urban design program manager, for a walking tour of downtown San Jose to learn about the city’s successful, […]

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