May 2017

May
25
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Michael Ghielmetti

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
Come grab a drink and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s newest Young Urbanist series, we sit down with the president of Signature Development Group, the company behind the Hive and Brooklyn Basin. Hear about his career path, what it takes to develop successful projects in Oakland and how the future of the East Bay is urban. + Michael Ghielmetti / Signature Properties
May
26
Fri
San Jose

Exploring San Jose’s Trail Network

Walking Tour 4:00 p.m.
San Jose's trail network is a beloved, but often hidden, open space asset that facilitates bicycle commuting and outdoor recreation while connecting neighborhoods, parks and the downtown. In conjunction with National Bike Month, join us for a bicycle tour on some of the system's highlights as we learn about its growing role in sustainable transportation and urban open space. Co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Ben Grant / SPUR
May
30
Tue
San Francisco

Why Does Housing Cost So Much?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2014, The Urbanist ran an article titled “The Real Cost of Building Housing,” which looked at the exorbitant cost of construction in San Francisco. Over the past three years, these costs have continued to escalate. Join our panel to hear how the situation has evolved and how it impacts efforts to address our housing shortage. Co-presented by SFHAC. + Mark Hogan / OpenScope Studio + Libby Seifel / Seifel Consulting + Ann Silverberg / BRIDGE Housing + Taeko Takagi / Pankow
May
30
Tue
San Jose

Touring San Jose’s Urban Gardens

Walking Tour 6:00 p.m.
San Jose is a city rich in amenities, and one of its greatest assets is its abundance of amazing community gardens. Hop on a bike, or carpool in a caravan, and join us as we stop by some of the best examples in the neighborhoods around the downtown. We’ll learn about the history of the city’s urban gardens, how they’re managed and how you can get involved. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

June 2017

Jun
6
Tue
San Francisco

Seeing the Better City

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Despite the widespread use of big data, GIS and 3D modeling, personal observation is still a critical tool for understanding what makes places successful. Without it, any analysis may overlook the key local contexts that make our cities unique. Join us as we learn about Seeing the Better City , a new book that focuses on how looking at the sights, sounds and experiences of a place can help create the policies and plans that will shape better urban environments...
Jun
8
Thu
San Francisco

Transit + Design Workshops

Special Program
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SPUR’s Transit + Design Workshops provide a space to learn about the research and design tools that help create a great experience for transit users. Interact with talented designers around this year’s theme — “Putting the ‘Me’ in Transit” — and celebrate transit design successes happening around the region. Sessions will include how to co-design, how to listen to what riders need and how to make customizable transit maps. Who will join us and what you'll learn: + Method /...
Jun
8
Thu
San Francisco

Transit + Design Pecha Kucha

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
How do we make the customer the center of the transit experience? What does it mean to design for everyone? How can we make transit planning more inclusive? Join us for an evening of rapid-fire presentations to explore "Putting the "Me" in Transit" - we'll dive deep into these questions, help to resolve some of your Bay Area transit mysteries and much more. Presentations made possible by a grant from TransitCenter .
Jun
27
Tue
San Jose

How Should High-Speed Rail Travel Through San Jose?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
High-speed rail is a major opportunity to connect important statewide destinations, but how it passes through cities has significant implications for the costs of construction, future rail operations and the quality of life for residents who pass under (or over) the tracks. Come learn about the pros and cons of different alignment options being proposed for high-speed rail through San Jose. + Ben Tripousis / California High-Speed Rail Authority + Ahmad Qayoumi / San Jose Department of Transportation
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