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  • Asha Agrawal
    Please conserve: Think before you print this e-mail. [For more info, see http://www.spur.org/events/calendar] Upcoming events at SPUR (www.spur.org) Innovation
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 5, 2009
      Please conserve: Think before you print this e-mail.

      [For more info, see http://www.spur.org/events/calendar%5d

      Upcoming events at SPUR (www.spur.org)

      Innovation Summit at Mission Bay
      Monday, August 10, 2009, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
      All-day conference featuring keynote by Hon. Nancy Pelosi
      Mission Bay Conference Center, SF; $40 SPUR members (online code for SPUR
      discount: XGUP0878); $75 regular admission
      Register online at sanfranciscobusinesstimes.com/event/6530
      This summit explores what government agencies, universities and cities are
      doing to foster the development of innovation clusters and zones. The
      line-up includes two panel discussions: a morning session on policies to
      support innovation, and an afternoon session on designing places of
      innovation--and features a keynote address from House of Representatives
      Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This event is co-sponsored by SPUR, the San
      Francisco Business Times, Bay Area Economic Institute and Mission Bay.

      Tide's up: Cities and Sea Level Rise
      This summer, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
      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. SPUR is pleased to host two
      events for members and the general public to learn more about the design
      competition, and the particular challenges faced by institutions,
      developers, planners and designers in their efforts to adapt cities to the
      reality of sea level rise.

      Rising Tides: the challenge for city planners
      Thursday, August 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
      Free for SPUR members; $5 non-members
      Rising Tides Competition Manager Brad McCrea will talk about what sea
      level rise could mean for San Francisco, and discuss the impetus for the
      design competition while also highlighting some of the most compelling

      Rising Tides: the winners
      Tuesday, August 18, 6-8 p.m.
      Free for SPUR members; $5 non-members
      RSVP (required) to risingtides@...
      Winning teams will present their ideas for adapting to sea level rise in
      San Francisco, and all boards featuring winning and honorable mention
      entries will be on view in the Urban Center. Presenters will include:
      Wright Huaiche Yang and J. Lee Stickles (Topographical Shifts at the Urban
      Thom Faulders, Faulders Studio (RAYdike)
      Craig Hartman, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (BayARC)
      Yumi Lee and Yeon Tae Kim, LANDplus Design (Evolutionary Recovery)
      Elizabeth Ranieri, Kuth Ranieri Architects (Folding Water)
      Discussion will be moderated by David Meckel, director of research and
      planning at the California College for the Arts. Both events are free for
      SPUR members and $5 for non-members, and will take place at the SPUR Urban
      Center, 654 Mission Street, in San Francisco. RSVP's are required for the
      August 18 event only.

      SPUR Young Urbanists present
      Biking in the City: Ride Your Bike and Fix it, too!
      Tuesday, August 25, 6 p.m.
      Free for SPUR members; $20 non-members
      RSVP to events@...
      Join the SPUR Young Urbanists for a talk on biking in the city and a
      demonstration of hands-on bike work. Learn how to get to where you're
      going safely with the San Francisco Bike Coalition; fix a flat with
      Kearsten Dischinger from the Bike Kitchen; and ride to work in a suit with
      Lisa Foster, a self-proclaimed Bike Diva. This event is made possible
      through the generous support of the Koret Foundation.

      SPUR forums

      Agents of Change summer programming series
      Our summer programming series continues this week with a downtown walking
      tour, and culminates next week with five programs exploring Eco-Urbanism
      and the future of city planning. Join us for these thought-provoking
      forums, where leading thinkers and practitioners in city planning,
      governance, architecture and urban design will relate the past successes
      and failures of each generation to our own efforts to forge new movements
      in citymaking. All programs are free for SPUR members,$5 for non-members.

      A tour of the Downtown Plan-SOLD OUT!
      Thursday, August 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
      Limited to 20 SPUR members; RSVP to tours@....
      This tour will focus on highlights of the City's 1985 plan to address and
      control high-rise development. Two authors of the Downtown Plan - Dean
      Macris, former San Francisco planning director, 1980-1992, and George
      Williams, former deputy planning director - discuss the history of the
      plan and its implications for a future in which the skyline can evolve but
      still fit into the familiar context of the existing city.

      The Post-Carbon City: Planning for Abundance in an Era of Dwindling
      Tuesday, August 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
      Eco-Urbanism is a movement that emphasizes sustainability, as planners
      promote green buildings, "closed-loop" architecture and neighborhood
      planning, and seek to build robust transit systems that can play a role in
      reducing emissions. Join panelists Carl Anthony, founder of Urban Habitat;
      Jeff Tumlin of Nelson\Nygaard; Leah Shahum, executive director of the San
      Francisco Bicycle Coalition; and exhibition curator Benjamin Grant.

      The architecture of Eco-Urbanism
      Wednesday, August 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
      Unparalleled in its commitment to sustainability, the Treasure Island
      redevelopment project establishes relationships between buildings, open
      space, transportation, views and natural forces. Craig Hartman of
      Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Kevin Conger of CMG Landscape Architecture
      discuss the creation of this compact, transit-oriented community.

      Rising tides: the challenge for city planners
      Thursday, August 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
      See info. above

      New Orleans: rebuilding in an era of climate change
      Tuesday August 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
      New Orleans is a natural case study for examining the consequences of
      global climate change up close and personal. Edward Blakely, former
      recovery chief for the City of New Orleans, focuses on the
      inter-relationships of ecological, social, economic and environmental
      re-planning in one of America's most important regions.

      Rising Tides: the winners
      See info. above

      The future of energy
      Wednesday August 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
      Should energy policy be a local or a state issue? Molly Sterkel, program
      manager for the California Public Utilities Commission, David Hochschild
      of Solaria, and Dan Kammen, director of UC Berkeley's Renewable and
      Appropriate Energy Laboratory, consider what progress we are making toward
      renewables, and what kind of innovations will change the way we use

      EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park
      Thursday August 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
      Limited to 20 SPUR members; RSVP to tours@....
      Now under construction, the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park will be the
      first environmental education facility in southeast San Francisco, and San
      Francisco's first 100 percent "off-grid" building. This tour, with Laurie
      Schoeman from Literacy for Environmental Justice and David Beaupre of the
      Port of San Francisco, also visits the site of the planned Eco-Industrial
      Park in the backlands of Piers 90-94.

      Biking in the City
      Tuesday, August 25, 6 p.m.
      See info. above

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