Upcoming planning-related lectures and events organized by the San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association
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The following is a list of lectures and other events organized by the San
Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association (SPUR).
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Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6 PM
From Tamales to Creme Brulee: The economics of streetfood
Free for members; $20 non-members
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Is the recent surge in street food a reflection of a struggling economy,
or part of a larger trend in food culture? Most of this commerce occurs
illegally, with vendors struggling to understand or afford the proper
permits. Can this industry be formalized and who stands to benefit from
this process? Join Caleb Zigas, Operations Director at La Cocina, a
representative from the Department of Public Health and Larry Bain of
Let's Be Frank as we delve into the motivations behind the streetfood
industry. SPUR Young Urbanist programming is generously supported by the
Monday, Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30 PM
30th Annual Good Government Awards
Tickets at spur.org/mfac
This event has evolved over the last three decades, but its purpose
remains the same: to recognize and acknowledge exemplary job performance
and leadership by San Francisco City employees. Event chair Chris Gruwell,
President of Platinum Advisors, City department heads and Mayor Gavin
Newsom will present a select number of outstanding City employees with the
distinguished Public Managerial Excellence Award. We are thrilled to
announce this year's winnners:
Toni Coe, Manager, Field Operations, Municipal Transportation Agency
Robert Brent Dennis, Garden Director, Botanical Gardens, Executive
Director, Conservatory of Flowers, Recreation and Parks
Allison Magee, Director of Administrative Services, Juvenile Probation
Maria X. Martinez, Deputy Director, Department of Public Health
Nadia Sesay, Director of the Office of Public Finance, Controller’s Office
SPUR Infrastructure and Planning Award winner:
Water System Improvement Program, SF Public Utilities Commission
Monday, February 22, 2010
San Francisco City Hall, North Light Court
The event will include a hosted reception. For more information please
contact 415-644-4288 or events@...
With the exception of walking tours, all programs will take place at the
SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street (between Third & New Montgomery).
Unless otherwise noted, events are free for SPUR members and $5 for the
general public. Walking tours are open to SPUR members only.
Tues Jan 12, 12:30 PM
The world’s great streets
In recent years, the Planning Department has set out to make vast
improvements to the city’s public realm by drawing on the best thinking
from urban designers, while also gleaning lessons from other world-class
cities. Join us for a discussion with David Alumbaugh, the acting
director of Citywide Planning and manager of the Planning Department’s
City Design Group, Adam Varat, manager for the Better Streets Plan and
Neil Hrushowy, manager of the City’s pedestrian program.
Wed Jan 13, 12:30 PM
Metrics for a greener city
The Sustainable Sites Initiative is the nation's first rating system for
the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes. Hear
about case studies that demonstrate the process of landscape measurement.
With April Philips, principal at April Philips Design Works and a founder
of the American Society of Landscape Architects' Sustainable Design &
Development Professional Practice Network, Allegra Bukojemsky of
Biohabitats and chair of the SD PPN and Deb Guenther, principal at Mithun
and ASLA's representative for the development of the SSI.
Thurs Jan 14, 12:30 PM
The parking problem
In addition to being a local issue, every car, parking space, meter and
curb in the Bay Area comprises a much larger regional challenge—as
planners try to accommodate all modes of movement while also attempting to
reduce driving in the region. Join us for a discussion of how we can
resolve this tension between local needs and regional aims. With Redwood
City Downtown Development Coordinator Dan Zack, and the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission’s Valerie Knepper and Doug Johnson.
Tues Jan 19 12:30 PM
A new Cesar Chavez Street
See an example of San Francisco’s new approach to street planning with the
redesign of Cesar Chavez Street. The project is a laboratory of public
support, interagency challenges, creative funding, stormwater management
and good urban design. With Andres Power, project manager for the Cesar
Chavez redesign and other city staff as they share lessons learned from
Tues Jan 19, 6:00 PM
Saving the Bay
Saving the Bay is a documentary about the natural and cultural development
of the San Francisco Bay, how people nearly destroyed and then rallied to
save it and how we are planning its future. How can we balance the
competing needs of a fragile ecosystem with the growth of a major urban
area, home to over 7 million people? Join filmmaker Ron Blatman for an
introduction to the film, a one-hour screening and Q&A.
Wed Jan 20, 3:30 PM
From denim factory to Quaker School
RSVP (required) to tours@...
Join Peter Pfau of Pfau Long Architects on a tour of San Francisco’s
recently renovated Friends School, complete with four thermal towers,
(which naturally circulates air instead of relying on air-conditioning),
maple floors with all the marks of the building’s history preserved and a
spirit of simplicity revered by Quaker tradition. RSVP (required) to
Thurs Jan 21, 12:30 PM
The latest in living architecture
Paul Kephart of Rana Creek (designer of the California Academy of
Science's green roof), will join us for a presentation of new green roof
designs, living landscape projects and an update from Toronto, which
recently began requiring green roofs in new construction.
Fri Jan 22, 12:30 PM
The legacy of Livable Streets
Donald Appleyard’s seminal 1981 book Livable Streets revealed the
detrimental effects of automobile traffic on street life and communities.
In this talk, hear about contemporary evidence of automobile impacts and
best practices from places where livable streets have become a priority.
With Bruce Appleyard, who is working on the second edition to his father’s
book and Joshua Hart, who replicated Donald Appleyard’s study for the
first time in Europe.
Tues Jan 26, 12:30 PM
Cities in Asia Minor
Eva Liebermann, a veteran urban designer who has worked in San Francisco
for over 30 years, will discuss urban elements from the ancient port city
of Troy, Hattusa, the capital of the Hittite empire, as well as show
examples of Hellenistic and Roman cities, Byzantine rock dwellings, the
"Caves of God" and a mixed-use development of Seljuk times.
Tues Jan 26, 6:00 PM
Street food in San Francisco
See above listing.
Wed Jan 27, 12:30 PM
Sustainable school architecture
In 2006 California voters approved $100 million in funding for
high-performance school buildings. Learn about these standards—and their
integration with how a building looks and works—from Lisa Gelfand, AIA,
LEED AP, the award-winning designer of several schools under Northern
California’s first Collaborative for High Performance Schools.
Thurs Jan 28, 12:30 PM
A primer on SFpark
An innovative program called SFpark aims to bring parking into the 21st
century with computerized meters, real-time parking information, variable
rates and other demand-management techniques. Hear Director Jay Primus
explain SFpark's ambitions to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions
while making sure there is almost always a parking space available on
every metered block.
Tues Feb 2, 12:30 PM
Steven Peterson of the transit application organization Routesy will join
Todd Spiekerman and Carol Kuester, who manage the Bay Area’s Metropolitan
Transportation Commission’s 511.com service, to discuss the hurdles and
success stories of their interactive transit planning websites.
Tues Feb 2, 6:00 PM
Closing the climate gap
Join us for a presentation by UC Berkeley's Rachel Morello-Frosch,
co-author of The Climate Gap (2009), followed by a panel discussion of
what Bay Area businesses and organizations are doing to reduce the
disproportionate impacts of climate change. Panelists include educator
Michele Rodriguez, Emily Kirsch of the Ella Baker Center and Erica Mackie,
co-founder of Gridalternatives. Join us for a reception beforehand at
5:00. Co-sponsored by the Northern California chapter of the American
Planning Association. (AICP credits pending.)
Wed Feb 3, 12:30 PM
Plans for a new public realm
In the last few years, the San Francisco Planning Department has worked
with communities to develop plans that rethink neighborhood parks, streets
and plazas and how they are built and managed. These include the Better
Neighborhoods Plans, the Mission Streetscape Plan, the Fisherman’s Wharf
Public Realm Plan, Jefferson Street Redesign and the Showplace Square Open
Space Plan. With Adam Varat, Neil Hrushowy and Ilaria Salvadori of the
City Design Group.
Thurs Feb 4, 12:30 PM
Healthy San Francisco
In the midst of the national health care debate, Healthy San Francisco,
San Francisco’s innovative near-universal health care program stands out.
Join us for an update with former chief executive officer of San Francisco
Health Plan, Jean Fraser, in discussion with Tangerine Bringham, director
of Healthy San Francisco.
Tues Feb 9, 12:30 PM
Our Better Nature
Join environmental historian Philip J. Dreyfus to discuss his new book Our
Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco. Learn how
cities develop by reshaping nature, how urban life has influenced our
thinking about nature and how re-imagining the place of our cities in
nature is necessary for building a more environmentally equitable world.
Tue Feb 9, 6:00 PM
URBANbuild Local Global
URBANbuild Local Global documents the work of URBANbuild, a comprehensive
two-year program at Tulane University School of Architecture initiated to
actively support the rehabilitation of New Orleans in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. URBANbuild Local Global, literally a double-sided book,
reconnects local research, analysis and design for New Orleans with a
broader framework that embraces knowledge and experience drawn from
comparable world cities. With editors and studio leaders Ila Bearman and
Wed Feb 10, 12:30 PM
A model classroom in India
IDEO San Francisco, a winner in Architecture for Humanity's 2009 Open
Architecture Competition for classroom design, will present the design for
a school in a low-income neighborhood in Hyderabad, India. This
presentation will highlight the tremendous potential for design and the
challenges faced in school design in the developing world. With Beau
Trincia and others from IDEO.
Thurs Feb 11, 12:30 PM
Shanghai’s fabric of everyday life
This talk describes the evolution of urbanism in Shanghai from its early
settlement within the Yangtze River Delta to its rapid fragmentation. Join
Professor Renee Y. Chow, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC
Berkeley, as she shares her work on alternative strategies for planning
and architecture that embrace environmentalism, cultural sustenance and
the persistence of place.
Tues Feb 16, 12:30 PM
Neighborhood retail in San Francisco
From Balboa Park to the Inner Sunset, Cow Hollow to North Beach, Hayes
Valley to Noe Valley—to only name a few—San Francisco offers a wide range
of everyday and specialty retail options for residents and tourists alike.
Come hear from Amy Cohen from the Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic
Development and successful local retailer Sunhee Moon, as they discuss the
many considerations that go into creating our city’s thriving and varied
Tues Feb 16, 6:00 PM
The federal stimulus plan, one year later
Did the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act work? A year later, Dan
Bernal, District Director for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will
analyze the effects of the stimulus, while José Luis Moscovich, Executive
Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, will
discuss the impacts of the stimulus funding on San Francisco
Wed Feb 17, 12:30 PM
Allowing a city to grow while preserving its history is an especial
challenge in Shanghai, given its exceptional growth rate. But two San
Francisco-based architecture firms are trying just that. Join us for a
discussion with Ellen Lou, Associate Director at Skidmore Owings and
Merrill and Michel St. Pierre, Director of Planning and Urban Design at
Gensler as they discuss their respective plans of downtown Shanghai.
Thurs Feb 18, 12:30 PM
Stop circling the block
Tod Dykstra of Streetline will show the methods and technology that are
staged to change how the flow of parking is tracked and managed, with
demonstrations of the hardware and software that make real-time,
spot-by-spot tracking of parking a possibility.
Tues Feb 23, 12:30 PM
Building green in China
Join Jeffery Heller, principal at Heller Manus, to learn about their
26-story multi-use office tower on the Huangpu River in Shanghai, a master
plan of the urban core of Guangzhou, the intricacies of the design and
approval process in China and the differences between working abroad in
Shanghai and working in San Francisco.
Tues Feb 23, 6:00 PM
Creating our own Champs-Elysées
SPUR joins forces with Next American City and the AIA San Francisco for an
interactive charrette where we’ll examine what it takes to make a great
street – then use those principles to re-envision Market Street. Attending
SPUR members will receive a $10 discount on subscriptions to Next American
City. SPUR Young Urbanist events are generously supported by the Koret
Wed Feb 24, 12:30pm
Climate change, birds and conservation
Founded in 1965, the Point Reyes Bird Observatory is the science think
tank behind some of the nation's most innovative conservation tools and
programs. Directly responsible for protecting great white sharks, Mono
Lake, marine reserves off the California coast and for publishing over
1000 papers in scientific journals, PRBO has recently turned its attention
to the impacts of climate change. Join Executive Director Ellie Cohen for
an exploration of climate change on birds, the ocean and a necessary new
paradigm for conservation.
Thurs Feb 25, 12:30 PM
Tour of Mission Walk
RSVP (required) to tours@....
Mission Walk, the latest addition to Mission Bay North, brings 131
affordable condominium homes to this emerging neighborhood. By providing
low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers an opportunity to purchase
(soon-to-be LEED certified) homes priced from $159,000 to $303,000, the
project adds to the diversity of new residents on Berry Street. Join Kim
Nash, project manager for BRIDGE Housing Corporation, Architect Richard
Stacy of Leddy Maytum Stacy and San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Housing
Specialist, Jeff White, on a tour of the project and hear about the
details of its development. RSVP (required) to tours@....
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