September 2017

Sep
19
Tue
Oakland

Implementing Better Bikeways

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Separated bikeways are being implemented across the country, including here in the Bay Area. Without strong national guidance, however, agencies are experimenting with different approaches to their design and implementation. Come for a discussion of the lessons learned from those experiences — including a sneak peak of a new national guidance for bicycle infrastructure design — and explore what is now on the horizon for separated bikeways, including such as implementation, designing for ADA accessibility and protected intersections. + Bill...
Sep
19
Tue
Oakland

A Place at the Table

Special Program 6:00 p.m.
A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three of the millions of Americans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. In a riveting journey that could change how you think about the hungry, the film shows how we could address hunger if the American public decided that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all. Following the film, we'll have a brief conversation about current policy efforts at the state and federal...
Sep
25
Mon
Oakland

Oakland’s Public Lands

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Oakland is in the process of developing a new public lands policy. How should it be shaped and how should affordable housing be considered relative to other public benefits such as creating jobs, helping to balance Oakland’s budget and making better parks? Is it a zero-sum game, or can the policy be “all of the above”? Join policy experts to discuss this important topic. + Gloria Bruce / East Bay Housing Organizations + Regina Davis / Regina Davis Consulting +...
Sep
26
Tue
Oakland

Is Driving Really Free?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Drivers often pay for gas, parking and tolls, but they don’t pay for the traffic delays that their cars cause others. Drivers also don’t pay for the impacts on noise, air quality and health that their cars often generate. Could having drivers pay for these social costs help decrease traffic, clean our air and more? Hear the pricing policy options, when they work (and when they don’t) and what they might look like for the people who live and work...
Sep
26
Tue
San Jose

The Evolving Silicon Valley Workplace

Evening Forum 4:00 p.m.
Please note that this event is at Bay Meadows. The traditional corporate campus is undergoing a fundamental change. As the Bay Area addresses how to grow more efficiently and sustainably, companies, design firms and the public sector are forging new paths to shape the modern workplace for a more balanced lifestyle. Join us for a tour of Bay Meadows' own take on the corporate campus and a discussion about Silicon Valley's evolving workplace, followed by beverages and bites at Fieldwork...
Sep
26
Tue
San Francisco

(RE)Commoning the Frontier

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
For the last decade, the Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design has been giving students the opportunity to explore innovative design and community building opportunities along San Francisco’s southeast waterfront. Building upon the work of their predecessors, the 2017 fellowship team has crafted a project that seeks to leverage individual and collective property to provide residents in rapidly gentrifying areas with the means to put down roots. Come hear more about this standout work. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.:...
Sep
26
Tue
Oakland

Oakland Public Education 101

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In the first of a six-part series, come get an introduction to the facts and forces that shape public education in Oakland. How did we get to where we are, and what is the fight about? Generously sponsored by the Rogers Family Foundation.
Sep
27
Wed
Oakland

A New State Rail Plan

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
State transportation agencies are hard at work on a new vision for an integrated statewide rail network. This new plan will set the stage for decades of rail improvements throughout California. Come hear from the plan’s authors about how this visionary document will change transportation in the state. + Chad Edison / California State Transportation Agency + Kyle Gradinger / Caltrans
Sep
27
Wed
San Francisco

Housing San Francisco's Teachers

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
A teacher shortage crisis across the country, combined with San Francisco's spiraling cost of living, has led to an explosion of interest in how we can better house our educators. This year, the city and school district announced that more than $44 million, and a district site in the Sunset, would be dedicated to educator housing. Join us for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities of this project and what else could still be accomplished. + Kate Hartley /...
Sep
28
Thu
San Francisco

After Great Disasters

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Great natural disasters may be rare, but the aftermath that they leave can have long-lasting effects on cities and regions. In an effort to understand why and how reconstruction can be successful, the authors of After Great Disasters have examined the processes and outcomes of post-disaster recovery in numerous countries. Join us to hear what they’ve learned and how it can be applied to the Bay Area. + Laurie Johnson / Laurie Johnson Consulting + Robert Olshansky / University of...
Sep
28
Thu
San Jose

Building Stations and Building Cities

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
SPUR and the Knight Foundation recently organized a study tour of high-speed rail stations in the Netherlands and France. How can we replicate the successes that the French and Dutch have experienced, and what lessons can we apply at Diridon? + Eric Eidlin / City of San Jose + Laura Tolkoff / SPUR
Sep
28
Thu
San Francisco

My Favorite Secret: Exploring Our Cities' Hidden Gems

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Whether it’s a concealed door that leads to a speakeasy, a hidden garden unknown to the outside world, or a piece of architectural history long buried, everyone has an urban secret that they hold dear. Join us for an evening of mysteries and enigmas as a slate of presenters —including designers, policy wonks, writers and more — reveal the hidden elements of the world’s cities that they most relish. Co-presented by AIASF in conjunction with the 2017 Architecture + the...

October 2017

Oct
3
Tue
San Francisco

San Francisco's New Student Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Due to high housing costs, students are being priced out of San Francisco, and many universities are finding it increasingly difficult to attract new talent. But after years of little production, thousands of student housing units are now in the planning or construction stages throughout the city. Find out what’s in the pipeline and how these projects came to be. Co-presented by the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC). + John Clawson / Equity Community Builders + Kimia Haddadan /...
Oct
3
Tue
San Francisco

A New Public Realm on the Waterfront

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
As major new development rises on San Francisco’s waterfront, the public space adjacent to projects like Mission Rock and the new Warriors’ arena will also undergo a transformation. Come hear about the public and private efforts underway to create a new and better public realm along the waterfront and how these improvements will tie in with the 13-mile Blue Greenway. + David Beaupre / Port of San Francisco + Drew Becher / San Francisco Parks Alliance + Clarke Miller /...
Oct
4
Wed
Oakland

POSTPONED: Modular Construction in Action

Walking Tour 10:00 a.m.
An expanding construction timeline has required us to push back the date of this tour. 'Modular Construction in Action' will now occur on Tuesday, November 14. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to visit the new event page for more information. Modular (or off-site) construction has captured the interest of many — developers, investors and residents alike — who are in search of a more effective, and potentially inexpensive, way to build housing. Join us as we tour...
Oct
4
Wed
San Francisco

Safe Streets in the Bay Area

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Cities across the country have committed to Vision Zero to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries and many planning agencies are leading the charge to fund safety improvements with equity in mind, provide crash data and measure safety performance. Hear all about how our local projects are working to make streets around the Bay Area safer for all. + Anne Richman / Metropolitan Transportation Commission + Jenn Fox / Vision Zero Network
Oct
4
Wed
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: Connie Martinez

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
Grab a drink and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s exciting Drinks and Discourse series, we sit down with Connie Martinez, the CEO of SVCREATES, an organization established to promote, incubate and invest in the creative ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Come learn about her career path, the promotion of San Jose as a creative capital, the importance of arts in an increasingly tech-focused region and much more. + Connie Martinez...
Oct
4
Wed
Oakland

The Color of Law

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The book The Color of Law argues that racially explicit government policies in the mid-20th century purposely created an enduring pattern of residential segregation that characterizes not only the Bay Area but every metropolitan region nationwide. Join author Richard Rothstein, in conversation with Emily Badger of The New York Times, to hear how these pervasive policies demand remedies that we haven’t previously considered, in what is sure to be a thought-provoking and enlightening discussion. + Emily Badger / The New...
Oct
5
Thu
Oakland

Is Oakland Ready for the Big One?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Throughout the Bay Area, some homes are more prepared to withstand a major earthquake than others. This is certainly the case in Oakland, where older homes account for much of the housing stock. Come hear from the city’s experts about what is being done to mitigate seismic hazards in residential buildings throughout Oakland, as well as what steps are being taken to help the city’s especially vulnerable populations. + Lin Chin / Oakland Housing and Community Development Department + Rodolfo...
Oct
5
Thu
San Francisco

Living Better, Together

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Have you ever dreamed of creating your own urban utopia? Our region may have a long history of cooperative housing efforts — from hippie communes to cohousing to more recent community homes that target younger tech professionals — but Germany's “baugruppen” have become the model for developing modern cohousing projects. Get inspired as we talk with experts about cohousing, cooperative living and how we can import a German housing concept to the Bay Area. + Jon Dishotsky / Starcity +...
Oct
5
Thu
San Francisco

On Top of the World

Walking Tour 4:00 p.m.
Due to incredible demand and limited space, this tour is sold out. We apologize if you were unable to get a spot, but hope to see you at another of our amazing events this fall. At 1,070 feet tall, the Salesforce Tower is the tallest structure in San Francisco and the second-tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and developed by Boston Properties, the building has become a newly iconic element of the city’s skyline...
Oct
5
Thu
Oakland

Why Poetry: A Civic Conversation

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
We all reach for poetry at important points in our lives, especially times of joy and times of struggle. Yet so often we have been taught that poetry is unknowable, a riddle to untangle. Come join Oakland poet Matthew Zapruder in conversation with local civic leaders about what poems matter to them and why poetry is a critical part of their lives. + Matthew Zapruder / St. Mary’s College + Tomiquia Moss / Hamilton Families + Natalia Mount / Pro...
Oct
6
Fri
San Francisco

Touring the Excelsior and Outer Mission

Walking Tour 10:00 a.m.
Earlier this year, Supervisor Safai and city departments joined forces to begin work on a strategy to improve the Excelsior, Outer Mission and other adjacent neighborhoods for both residents and visitors. Join the supervisor and city staff to explore what is being planned and what has been accomplished as we learn more about this part of San Francisco. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Ahsha Safai / San Francisco Board of Supervisors + Rachael Tanner / San Francisco Planning Department
Oct
10
Tue
San Francisco

Understanding Good Food Purchasing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
It's one thing to say you're buying good food, but it's another to actually track how well your ingredients stack up in terms of their impact on the environment, labor, animal welfare and more. Recently, the school districts in both Oakland and San Francisco committed to the Good Food Purchasing Program, which provides a framework and baseline assessments to do just that. These public agencies are pioneering ways to align their values with their procurement dollars. Come learn about this...
Oct
10
Tue
Oakland

What Makes a Great School?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
There are lots of definitions of greatness, but what does a great school look like? In the second of a six-part series, we’ll discuss how we can shape Oakland schools into what they need to be. What does a great school like and how do we sustain and create them in Oakland? Generously sponsored by the Rogers Family Foundation.
Oct
10
Tue
San Francisco

Wonder Women on CEQA

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In 2015, Jennifer Hernandez conducted the first systematic review of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuits, generating important and groundbreaking data about the profound impact of litigation abuse under the state’s signature environmental law. Two years later, she’s accumulated a second round of data as important as the first. Hear what she found in this latest critical study, and how it might affect the future of CEQA. Co-presented by SFHAC and the Center for Creative Land Recycling. + Jennifer Hernandez...
Oct
11
Wed
San Francisco

What Is the Future of Work?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What does the future hold for how we work? A comprehensive report recently authored by New America and Bloomberg — informed through countless conversations with people across all walks of life and innumerable hours of background research — sought to answer that question as the influence of automation, “taskification” and shifting job centers becomes ever-present. Come hear their findings and engage in a round of scenario planning as we seek to identify the possible future of work in America. Co-presented...
Oct
11
Wed
San Jose

City Trivia Night 10

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
City Trivia Night returns to San Jose! Six themed rounds of searing questions relating to cities, architecture, urban planning and policy make this event the ultimate showcase of urbanist talent and planning geekery. Bring your own team of six, or join up with other urbanists at the event to compete for the crown and prizes.
Oct
13
Fri
San Francisco

Coffee With a Wonk: Gabriel Metcalf

Special Program 9:00 a.m.
Have a burning question about how and why your city works? SPUR’s monthly Coffee With a Wonk series, featuring the region’s finest thinkers and planners, is the best way to get them answered. Come to the Urban Center’s St. Clare café in October as we talk about the future of cities with SPUR's own president and CEO. + Allison Arieff / SPUR + Gabriel Metcalf / SPUR
Oct
13
Fri
San Francisco

Soundwave @ SPUR

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
Soundwave is San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial of innovative sound, art and music presented as a citywide multi-venue experiential event series. Before the next festival gets underway, join a series of artists as they transform the Urban Center gallery into a curated show of art and sound to echo the theme of “infrastructure.”
If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to publicprograms@spur.org or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.

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