San Francisco

We ♥ TechShop: Etch Your Own Pint Glass

6:00 p.m. | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Image credit: flickr user TechShop

TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so members can build the things they have always wanted to make. Experience TechShop’s high-powered Epilog Lasers while enjoying your beverage the high-tech way! Hear from Allison Arieff, New York Times contributor and Urbanist editor, Lewis Knight from Gensler, and Alex Michel of 5M about urban development and the innovative culture of the Bay Area. You will have the chance to etch a custom design into everyone’s favorite beverage receptacle — the pint glass.

$20 SPUR and TechShop members
$40 non-members

Personalized pint glass included

Space is limited. Register at

This event is generously supported by the Koret Foundation and co-presented with TechShop.


Event schedule:

6-7 pm: Glass etching and refreshments

7-7:30 pm: Panel discussion
Allison Arieff, Editor of The Urbanist and contributor to The New York Times
Alex Michel, Director, 5M Project, Forest City
Lewis Knight, Associate, Senior Urban Designer, Gensler

7:30-8 pm: Q&A with panelists

8-9 pm: Completion of glass etching


Allison Arieff writes and consults about architecture, design, sustainability and food. She is the former editor in chief of Dwell magazine, co-author of the books “Prefab” and “Trailer Travel,” and the editor of numerous books on design and culture, including “Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht” and “Cheap Hotels.” She lives in San Francisco.

Lewis Knight is an Urban and Landscape Designer who leads the Planning and Urban Design Practice Area for Gensler in San Francisco. Lewis grew up in rural Australia, and has deep ties to the scale and density of light, colours and textures of the landscape and people. When considering a career, Lewis elected landscape over pulls to architecture, yacht design and painting, and has migrated to working in cities as an urban designer over the past 25 years. Lewis’ journey to the Bay Area includes professional and travel stints in his native Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. His abiding passion is making a difference to the places we live in, and is evident in a diverse research, teaching and project agenda.

Alex Michel is the Director of The 5M Project and also works on Forest City's emerging local and national projects. Prior, he was the Founding Director of The Hub, which created both Hub Berkeley and Hub SoMa. Before The Hub, Alex was the Director of Communications and Organizational Development at the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD). He has been on the founding team of several social ventures in the United States and abroad. He holds a business degree from the University of Washington and a master's degree in psychology and philosophy from John F. Kennedy University. In his spare time, Alex has traveled, studied, and worked extensively in the developing world.


SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
Phone: 415.781.8726
926 Howard Street, 94103
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