August 2016

Aug
24
Wed
San Jose

RESCHEDULED: How Does San Jose Get Its Money?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 . For the 2015–2016 fiscal year, San Jose adopted a budget of $3.2 billion to fund police and fire services, parks, the airport, roads, libraries and much more. But where does that money come from? Hear from the city’s budget director about how San Jose residents and businesses contribute to the pot, why it continues to grow and what that money can and can’t be used for. + Lee Wilcox /...
Aug
24
Wed
Oakland

Downtown San Leandro Comes Alive

Walking Tour 4:00 p.m.
San Leandro is in the midst of a major transformation. With a new tech campus adjacent to the BART station, the stage is set for the city’s downtown to realize its potential. What are the opportunities and challenges for capitalizing on this change? In a city designed for the automobile, what creative ideas are needed to encourage people to live, work and play in downtown but leave the car at home? Co-presented by San Leandro by Design and generously sponsored...
Aug
24
Wed
San Francisco

Architecture Next Now, Pt. 2

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. + Faulders Studio + Future Cities Lab + First Office + Endemic + Stanley Saitowitz
Aug
25
Thu
San Jose

Good Things Come in Small Packages

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
While San Jose has an urban vision for its future, its past is rooted in suburban development. Many cities have implemented “small lot subdivision” ordinances that allow for small developments that can be built without requiring a homeowners’ association and related hassles. Is this an answer to help fill the gap where mid-rises and high-rises aren’t viable? Join us for a discussion with experts from around the state. + Jeff Current / Studio Current + Alan Dana / Modative +...
Aug
25
Thu
Oakland

Drinks & Discourse — Adhi Nagraj

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
The Bay Area continues to evolve thanks to advances in technology, passionate advocacy, and innovative thinking and development, with a handful of cutting-edge thinkers leading the charge. Come grab a beer and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s newest Young Urbanist series, we talk with BRIDGE Housing’s director of development and chair of the Oakland Planning Commission to hear his thoughts on the cities of tomorrow, his current role and...
Aug
30
Tue
San Francisco

Creating Homes That Work for Families

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What makes a family choose to live in the city? One of the most important — and often missing — factors is quality housing suitable to a family’s needs. Can we make our housing family-friendly by design? Given that there are many ways to define a family in San Francisco, how can our housing reflect the needs across generations to help create a city that is livable for everyone? + Susan Exline / San Francisco Planning Department + Daniel Parolek...
Aug
31
Wed
San Francisco

Growing Population, Growing Schools

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With significant new housing developments planned across San Francisco by 2040, the expected population growth of families and children will significantly impact our public schools and their current capacity. How will the San Francisco Unified School District, and the city, plan for this anticipated increase in students in the near future? Myong Leigh / San Francisco Unified School District Orla O’Keeffe / San Francisco Unified School District

September 2016

Sep
1
Thu
San Jose

Taking Planning into Our Own Hands

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
GreenTRIP Connect is a powerful new tool that allows users to go online, select a parcel of land being considered for development, and instantly explore how much the driving and parking demand – and associated greenhouse gas emissions – go down by applying services like carsharing or affordable housing. Come learn more about the program and explore the tradeoffs that happen when planning our cities. + Kurt Anderson / Anderson Architects, Inc. + Ann Cheng / TransForm + Rosalynn Hughey...
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