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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Talking Headways Podcast: Dear Bike People

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Do people of color and low-income people ride bikes? Not as much as they could, given all the great benefits biking offers, particularly to people without a lot of disposable cash. But yes, non-white and non-rich people ride bikes — in high numbers compared to the general population, by some measures. Even though they’re biking […]
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Richmond California Builds a Trail for Health and Wellness—and Fun

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Residents of Richmond, California, have a chance to weigh in on the design of a trail through their community that will connect local institutions and public spaces, provide health information, and showcase local artworks. The Richmond Wellness Trail is, according to the city’s website, a collaborative project to develop an interactive health-themed trail that showcases […]

This Week: Manufacturing, Polk Street, St. James Park

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Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar: Wednesday Building Up Urban Manufacturing. After decades of decline, manufacturing is making a comeback. It can create well-paying jobs, help rebuild the middle class, and build pride of place. Hear about how San Jose is growing its urban manufacturing sector through creative marketing, policy, workforce development, and […]

SPUR Forum: Urban Ecological Design: A Process for Regenerative Places

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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 […]

SPUR Forum: The Nature of Urban Design

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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 […]