July 2016

Jul
26
Tue
Oakland

Balancing Cities and Their Parking

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Many of the reasons that people love cities — their excitement, their opportunity for chance encounters, their capacity to delight and surprise — are due in part to density. But how do you support urban density while also managing residents’ occasional need to use a private vehicle? Come hear about progressive parking policies that support city life, including a new proposal to revamp the way that Oakland handles parking. + Darin Ranelletti / City of Oakland Department of Planning +...
Jul
27
Wed
Oakland

Can Regional Government Solve the Housing Crisis?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Cities throughout the Bay Area are debating how best to add new housing as well as what the affordable housing requirements should be. But what is the appropriate role for regional government? Should the Bay Area’s regional agencies require all new commercial developments to pay a fee to support affordable housing? Should there be regional housing bonds? Join a group of regional housing policy experts in a discussion about regional housing solutions. + Pedro Galvao / Non-Profit Housing Association of...
Jul
27
Wed
San Jose

Making Healthy Food More Affordable

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Millions of Californians struggle each week to find and afford healthy food for their families. In response, numerous groups have been piloting projects that give low-income families more money to purchase fruits and vegetables, which in turn supports local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. Come for a discussion of this innovative new strategy to improve healthy food access for all. + Carle Brinkman / Ecology Center + Renna Khuner-Haber / Fresh Approach + Eli Zigas / SPUR
Jul
27
Wed
San Francisco

Architecture Next Now, Pt. 1

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Many newer architectural practices in the Bay Area are establishing compelling trajectories in their work through the utilization of new thinking and innovative design mediums. How will these efforts shape the built future of our cities? In this two-part series, come hear these firms debate the links between research, practice and culture while challenging the conventional strategies of architecture in the Bay Area. + IwamotoScott + VeeV + Price Studio + NemeStudio + Stanley Saitowitz
Jul
28
Thu
Oakland

Creating Pathways for Oaklanders to Creative Jobs

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What is the role of high schools, community colleges, apprenticeships and other training programs in helping Oakland youth build the skills necessary to become part of the knowledge economy? Join us as we learn from experts in this field. + Derick Lee / San Leandro Chamber of Commerce + Mark Martin / California Community Colleges + Jose Corona / City of Oakland + Ray Boyle / Our City
Jul
28
Thu
San Jose

Laying the Groundwork for Innovation

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
Last fall, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opened its West Coast office in San Jose, cementing the city’s role as a true innovator in Silicon Valley. But what actually occurs there, and what impact has it had on innovation in the South Bay? Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of this brand-new gem in the city’s downtown. Generously sponsored by Microsoft.
Jul
30
Sat
Oakland

The Oakland Scramble

Young Urbanists 10:00 a.m.
A rich history, amazing amenities and hidden secrets make Oakland the perfect backdrop for SPUR’s first urban scavenger hunt in the East Bay. Join up with fellow young urbanists and follow an elaborate set of clues to leave no stone (or building or tree or sculpture) unturned, collect points and emerge victorious.

August 2016

Aug
3
Wed
Oakland

7x7x7

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The ambitious 7x7x7 collaboration recently engaged seven architectural firms to design seven conceptual case studies for seven schools around California that would enable each campus to reduce energy and water consumption while improving their learning environment. Come see the final case studies — and hear what’s next — from some of the selected teams. + Chad Hamilton / Hamilton + Aitken Architects + Pauline Souza / WRNS Studio + John Diffenderfer / Aedis Architects + Chester Widom / California State Architect
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