What GOOD Design can do for San Francisco

BY JULIE KIM
September 22, 2009

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Last month, AIA San Francisco, CEOs for Cities, GOOD Magazine and SPUR issued a "call for problems" to a handful of city leaders, and asked six up-and-coming designers to develop responses and present them at an evening forum later this month.

The challenges we got ranged from improving public schools, to designing a more welcoming storefront for the Ferry Building, to coming up with a better, i.e. less cumbersome, way for homeowners to store recycling bins.

Six local design teams--some of the brightest minds in architecture, graphics, interactive systems and industrial design--will present their solutions to their "clients" at a public forum at the Urban Center on September 29.

We are thrilled to welcome GOOD contributing editor Alissa Walker as moderator.

Full event details are below...see you next week!


Event details
Tuesday, September 29, 6-8 p.m.
SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, SF
$10 General Admission; Buy tix at aiasf.org/archandcity

The GOOD Design SF lineup:

  • Problem #1: Create a scalable program that improves local public education. Submitted by Carlos Garcia, San Francisco Unified School District. Design response by Kuth Ranieri.
  • Problem #2: Expand the Ferry Plaza's vibrant food experience out into the street. Submitted by Chris Meany, Wilson Meany Sullivan. Response by Surface Design.
  • Problem #3: Make recreational movement safer along our waterfronts. Submitted by Monique Moyer, Port of San Francisco. Design response by Min Day.
  • Problem #4: Reinvent San Francisco's Broadway as a vibrant commercial corridor. Submitted by Michael Cohen, Mayor's Office of Workforce and Economic Development. Design response by Mike and Maaike.
  • Problem #5: Design a citywide bicycle parking system. Submitted by Nathaniel Ford, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Design response by Stamen.
  • Problem #6: Devise a more effective residential recycling program. Submitted by Zahid Sardar, author, design editor and columnist. Design response by Volume.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Architecture and the City website.