SPUR Exibit: DIY Urbanism Opening Party


the onset of the "great recession" in 2008, San Francisco, like many
American cities, has struggled through a period of economic decline and
drastically reduced public resources. Fortunately for San Francisco, a
city with a long history of entrepreneurship and social activism,
citizens have displayed great wherewithal and ingenuity in the face of
budgetary stalemates—resulting in an outpouring of innovative
do-it-yourself projects ranging from activating stalled construction
sites, to constructing temporary public plazas and parks at street
intersections, to designing pop-up storefronts, to creating a national
forest in the heart of the Tenderloin.

DIY Urbanism
provides a snapshot of this burgeoning and distinctively local
movement, and explores the meeting grounds between the bottom-up
approach of DIY urbanists and the traditional top-down planning


SPUR Lunchtime Forum: At the border of city and sea: New public landscapes for coastal cities

From SPUR: Designing public landscapes in coastal settings presents unique challenges and spectacular opportunities. AECOM principals Alma DuSolier and James Haig Streeter, who are serving as consultants for SPUR on the Ocean Beach Master Plan, will present innovative recent work in Los Angeles and Blackpool, England. Hear how landscape designers engage the overlapping layers of ecology, climate, history and urbanism at the border of […]

Talking Headways Podcast: Urbanism as a Way of Life

This week's podcast — our 200th! — celebrates city life. To do that, we'll read, in full, "Urbanism as a Way of Life" by Louis Wirth from the Journal of Sociology in 1938, with help from Dr. Lisa Schweitzer, a professor at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Schweitzer believes this piece and others sometimes get overshadowed by Jane Jacobs but have something great to tell us about cities and how we live in them. So let's change that!