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      September 2012 Events
      Exhibition Opening: A Peek Behind Silicon Valley's Digital Veil

      The name �Silicon Valley� usually evokes tech booms and electronic empires.
      But Silicon Valley offers a depth beyond this that is frequently unseen. In
      partnership with ZERO1, SPUR and Hipstamatic invite you to go behind the
      digital veil with some of the Bay Area�s top photographers. Their
      interpretation of the theme of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, Seeking Silicon
      Valley, <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/mtdjx> proposes that contemporary
      art practices can reimagine the idea, the place and the experience of
      Silicon Valley.

      *Sponsored by Hipstamatic and co-presented by ZERO1.*

      *Register now >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/iefjx>*
      SPUR Events
      Why Is the House of the Future So Tied to the Past?
      Tuesday, September 4, 2012
      6:00 p.m.

      Why do the Jetsons remain the high bar of futurist thinking when it comes
      to the places we live in? Panelists *Tom Chi,* experience lead at Google X;
      architect *Michelle Kaufmann*;* Ronald Rael,* architect, author and
      assistant professor at UC Berkeley; and moderator *Allison Arieff*,
      contributing columnist to *The New York Times* and editor of *The Urbanist*,
      will discuss how can we expand our ideas about the house of the future to
      create inspired visions of the 21st century American Dream.

      *Co-presented by the San Francisco AIA.*
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      The Importance of School Food in San Francisco
      Thursday, September 6, 2012
      12:30 p.m.

      The San Francisco Unified School District school meals program provides
      crucial nutrition for many young San Franciscans. Seeing these meals as
      important for not only supporting student learning but also for addressing
      hunger throughout the city, the San Francisco Food Bank recently published
      a study examining the school district�s current program. Hear *Richard
      Carranza*, superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District, and *Teri
      Olle*, associate director of policy and advocacy at the Food Bank, discuss
      the findings of the report, the importance of school food and the future of
      the school meals program in San Francisco.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/qcjjx>
      East Bay Boulevards
      Tuesday, September 11, 2012
      12:30 p.m.

      In July, the city councils of Oakland and San Leandro approved bus-only
      lanes for AC Transit�s planned bus rapid transit line that will connect the
      downtowns of both cities. How might these investments reshape transit and
      travel in the East Bay, and how do International Boulevard and San Pablo
      Avenue function as important linear corridors for the East Bay? *Carlos
      Castellanos*, director of real estate development at the East Bay Asian
      Local Development Corporation, and *Joel Ramos*, community planner with
      TransForm, will explore the evolving role of boulevards and transit
      corridors for East Bay planning, development and transit travel.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/mxkjx>
      Unsung California
      Tuesday, September 11, 2012
      6:00 p.m.

      Though they live in California, for most residents the cultural landscape
      of the state often remains undiscovered. As a feature writer for *The New
      York Times*, *Patti Leigh Brown* has been examining the relationship of
      people to place in the state, from elderly immigrants in Fremont to Azorian
      bullrings in the Central Valley. Join Patti for a discussion about the
      stories she has written and the challenges of interpreting California for
      both those who live here and those who don�t.
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      12,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy for California
      Wednesday, September 12, 2012
      6:00 p.m.

      Governor Brown has called for the development of 12,000 megawatts of local
      renewable energy in California by 2020, equivalent to the output of 12
      nuclear power plants. Where will it all go, what will it look like and how
      might it be incorporated into our built environments? *Wade Crowfoot*,
      deputy director of the Governor�s Office of Planning and Research, will
      present an overview of the state�s efforts to dramatically increase the
      distributed generation of renewable energy, and *Larisa Dobriansky*,
      executive director of the Global Energy Network for Community
      Sustainability, will discuss how California�s efforts relate to similar
      national and international initiatives.

      *Co-presented by the Northern California chapter of the APA.*
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      A Tale of Two Cities' Food Histories
      Thursday, September 13, 2012
      6:00 p.m.

      Food processing, such as meat butchering and beer brewing, began as a
      mostly urban industry. During the last few decades, however, many
      manufacturers left cities. Today, some of that production is returning to
      the urban environment, while other industries that never left are seeing a
      renaissance. Learn about how food shaped, and continues to shape, the
      histories of New York City and San Francisco with historians *Robin Shulman*,
      author of *Eat the City*, and *Chris Carlsson*, director of Shaping San
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/68qjx>
      Walking Tour: ZERO1 in the Downtown
      Friday, September 14, 2012
      4:30 p.m.

      *This event will take place in San Jose.*

      Since 2006, the ZERO1 Biennial has showcased hundreds of international
      artists working at the nexus of art and technology throughout the Silicon
      Valley and greater Bay Area. This year, the biennial will feature
      installations, public art and performances under the theme *Seeking Silicon
      Valley* to �reimagine the idea, the place and the experience of Silicon
      Valley.� Kickoff the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial in downtown San Jose by joining us
      on a tour of some of the featured exhibits, starting with *Ranu
      Mukherjee:** Telling
      Fortunes*, the San Jose Museum of Art's submission to the biennial. Enjoy a
      curator-lead tour of the ZERO1 Garage, followed by the opportunity to join
      the evening's ArtHERE tour.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/2tsjx>
      What's Next for America's Cup?
      Tuesday, September 18, 2012
      12:30 p.m.

      In August and October, the America�s Cup World Series will take place in
      San Francisco, followed by the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series and the
      34th America�s Cup Finals in 2013. *Brad Benson *of the Port of San
      Francisco and *Michael Martin* from the Office of Economic and Workforce
      Development will discuss the Cup�s impact on the economy, the
      transformation of Pier 27 and the waterfront, and how San Franciscans can
      get engaged in making the event benefit everyone.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/e7ujx>
      Technology Roundtable: Smart Cities
      Tuesday, September 18, 2012
      6:00 p.m.

      Cities have always been evolving ecosystems of innovation, but recent
      advances in technology and enhanced access to information have enabled our
      cities and our citizens as never before. How can we put data and
      information to better use for our cities? Join moderator* Hugh Aldridge*,
      from the UC Berkeley Center for Information Technology Research in the
      Interest of Society (CITRIS), Cisco Urban Innovations Director *Gordon
      Feller*, IBM Executive Industry Architect *Jan Gravesen*, SFpark Program
      Manager *Jay Primus* and Motionloft CEO *Jon Mills* for a discussion about
      how we can use technology to make our cities work better.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/qkxjx>
      Yerba Buena Yesterday: 150 Years "South of the Slot"
      Wednesday, September 19, 2012
      12:30 p.m.

      In the 19th century, Yerba Buena was the industrial heart of San Francisco
      � the big, rough counterpart to the genteel city emerging to the north.
      Many a booster, from William Ralston to Ben Swig, saw �South of the Slot�
      as easy pickings for an expansion of the downtown. But it was the struggle
      over urban renewal � in which hardscrabble SRO residents organized to
      demand affordable housing and fair compensation � that came to define Yerba
      Buena�s search for a more inclusive revitalization, driven by affordable
      housing, convention services and the arts. Join community advocate and SPUR
      Board Member *Brad Paul*, historian and Shaping San Francisco director *Chris
      Carlsson*, and SPUR urban designer and curator *Benjamin Grant* for a
      wide-ranging conversation about SPUR�s back yard and its storied history.

      *Sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Fund. *

      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/m5yjx>
      The Carbon Disclosure Project
      Thursday, September 20, 2012
      12:30 p.m.

      How are 73 of the world�s biggest cities addressing climate change? A new
      global report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reveals how climate
      change is impacting cities today, the current levels of carbon emissions
      and key actions cities are taking to reduce emissions. Join *Claire
      Bonham-Carter* of AECOM, who partnered with the CDP to develop the cities
      report, and *Adam Stern*, Climate Program Manager for the San Francisco
      Department of the Environment, for a discussion of global progress and
      actions being taken here and abroad.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/yi1jx>
      Film Screening: Cafeteria Man
      Thursday, September 20, 2012
      6:00 p.m.

      Cafeteria Man is a film about Baltimore�s efforts to overhaul its school
      meals program. Directed by Emmy award-winner Richard Chisolm, the film
      follows Tony Geraci, the food service director for the city�s public
      schools at the time, as he leads the charge to replace pre-plated,
      processed foods with locally grown, freshly prepared meals. After the
      screening, we will host an expert panel, moderated by *Paula Jones*,
      director of food systems for the San Francisco Department of Public Health,
      discussing the opportunities and challenges of reforming school meal
      programs with* * Memphis City Schools Nutrition Services Executive Director
      *Toni Geraci*, Oakland Unified School District Director of Nutrition
      Services *Jennifer LeBarre*, San Francisco Unified School District Director
      of Student Nutrition Services *Ed Wilkins* and San Francisco Unified School
      District Assistant Director of Student Nutrition Services *Zetta Reicker*.

      *Co-sponsored by Slow Food San Francisco<http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/u32jx>
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      PARK(ing) Day
      Friday, September 21, 2012
      11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

      First celebrated in San Francisco in 2005, PARK(ing) Day has since become a
      global phenomenon. The annual event celebrates public space and street life
      by temporarily transforming metered parking spots into public spaces. This
      year, stop by the Urban Center to enjoy SPUR�s exciting take on temporary
      parklets � a miniature golf course patterned after Golden Gate Park and
      designed by Steve Fox and Leslie Crawford. Or visit the joint SPUR San
      Jose/TransForm parklet in downtown San Jose.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/216jx>
      How the City Moved to Mr. Sun
      Monday, September 24, 2012
      6:00 p.m.

      *This event will take place in San Jose.*

      Can China transform its triumph of brick and concrete into a model that
      will conquer the world? In his book *How the City Moved to Mr. Sun, *architect
      *Daan Roggeveen* lifts the veil on unexplored megacities in the heart of
      China, laying bare the ruthless logic behind this incredible growth and its
      impacts not only in China, but also around the world as its growing urban
      middle class drives up demand for luxury goods, increases emissions of
      greenhouse gasses, and puts further pressure on dwindling energy resources.
      Join Roggeveen for this evening forum as he combines insightful analysis
      and deeply human stories of modern city life to dissect China�s en masse
      growth and the future challenges it poses.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/ef9jx>
      The Aftermath of Redevelopment on Housing
      Wednesday, September 26, 2012
      12:30 p.m.

      *This event will take place in San Jose.*

      In February of 2012, redevelopment agencies across the state of California
      were dissolved, leaving many cities wondering where to turn to build
      much-needed affordable housing units. *Leslye Corsiglia*, director of the
      San Jose Housing Department, will join *Michael Lane*, policy director of
      the Non-Profit Housing Association, *Kristen Clements*, director of housing
      policy at the City of San Jose Housing Department, and *Jan Lindenthal*,
      vice president of real estate development at MidPen Housing Corporation, to
      discuss the impact of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies and what
      direction the City of San Jose is headed towards next.
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      Water and the Dutch
      Thursday, September 27, 2012
      7:00 p.m.

      Due to climate change, water is seeping inexorably into our surroundings,
      our awareness and our agendas. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the
      Netherlands. Today, the Dutch are discovering that both the safety and the
      quality of the urban and natural environment demand a radical shift in
      their centuries-old defense strategy. Join American-born journalist and
      author *Tracy Metz* for a look at her new book, S*weet & Salt: Water and
      the Dutch*, where she reveals how the Netherlands has become a laboratory
      for innovative water solutions.
      Read more >> <http://e2.ma/click/2xz3c/y6744c/qsbkx>
      Urban Agriculture in Unlikely Places
      Saturday, September 29, 2012
      10:30 a.m.

      Urban agriculture has taken root in some of the densest parts of the city
      as gardeners work to educate youth about where food comes from, improve
      access to fresh produce or build community. Join us for a tour of urban
      agriculture projects in the Tenderloin that do all of the above.* Lindsey
      Goldberg *will lead our visit of Graze the Roof, a rooftop garden at Glide
      Memorial Church, and *Nella Manuel* and *Geoffrey Barton* will lead our
      tour of the Tenderloin People�s Garden, a project of the Tenderloin
      Neighborhood Development Corporation.

      *Co-presented by the San Francisco AIA.*
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