February 2017

Feb
21
Tue
San Francisco

Rethinking the Corporate Campus

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The pervasive, traditional corporate campus form — resource-intensive, suburban, car-dependent — may prove to threaten the Bay Area’s singular innovation ecosystem. Over the last year, SPUR has undertaken a corporate campus research project to address these challenges. Come hear about the report’s finding, and what steps SPUR recommends to enable this critical economic engine, the corporate campus, to grow more efficiently and sustainably. Co-presented by AIA San Francisco and ULI San Francisco. + Allison Arieff / SPUR + Benjamin Grant...
Feb
21
Tue
Oakland

Berkeley’s Newest Urban Farm

Walking Tour 4:00 p.m.
This past fall, a new 2-acre farm was inaugurated in West Berkeley. Run by the nonprofit Urban Adamah, it provides an educational space and community center that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture and social action. Take a guided tour to learn about the history and vision of the project and what it takes to get a new urban farm up and running. Afterwards, follow us across the street for a no-host visit to Fieldwork Brewing Company to...
Feb
22
Wed
San Francisco

Zoning at 100: A Look Back

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Zoning is the basic regulatory tool for city planning and since its birth with the 1916 New York City Zoning Resolution, it has spent the last century constantly evolving. The tool has been pressed into the service of urban ambitions ranging from the mundane to the grand, and even sometimes the nefarious. Join a panel of scholars and practitioners for a retrospective on the first 100 years of zoning. + John Ellis / Mithun + Louise Mozingo / UC Berkeley...
Feb
22
Wed
Oakland

The Importance of Art and Creative Placemaking in Oakland

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In September, Mayor Libby Schaaf hired Roberto Bedoya to serve as Oakland’s first cultural affairs manager. Since then, he has been undertaking a new cultural plan for the city, one that will include strategies to prevent artists and arts organizations from being priced out. Join us for a conversation about the intersection between people, arts, culture and place in Oakland today and how Oakland can continue to remain one of the most culturally engaged cities in the country. + Roberto...
Feb
23
Thu
Oakland

Race, Equity and the Future of Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In October 2016, Oakland launched the Department of Race and Equity, structured to help residents understand systemic racial disparities while working to change existing systems in order to make life in Oakland fair and just for everyone. Join us for a conversation with Darlene Flynn, the director of this new department, to understand how Oakland is attempting to create a city where racial disparities have been eliminated and social equity achieved, and the hurdles that this progress faces. + Darlene...
Feb
23
Thu
San Francisco

Scaled-Up Sustainability

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Over the past few years, several existing and future neighborhoods across San Francisco have been working to amplify livability and environmental performance through innovative neighborhood-scale strategies. Hear how places like Chinatown, Central SoMa and Mission Rock are setting ambitious goals and moving beyond the standard building-by-building approaches in order to attain them. + Cindy Wu / Chinatown Community Development Center + Lisa Fisher / San Francisco Planning Department + Fran Weld / San Francisco Giants
Feb
27
Mon
San Jose

Affordable by Design 101 - NEW DATE

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This event was originally scheduled for February 13. Compact, efficient housing without bells and whistles often rents for less without requiring a subsidy, and SPUR has advocated for more of this kind of housing in order to address the region’s ongoing housing shortage. Join us for a nuanced conversation on housing types that some consider more attainable or “affordable by design,” such as micro-units, in-law units and modular construction. Co-presented by ULI Silicon Valley. + Yes Duffy / David Baker...
Feb
27
Mon
Oakland

Oakland and Prosperity for All: Oakland Newcomers Speak

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Oakland has always attracted newcomers who find themselves drawn to the city’s thriving scenes and whose involvement has reshaped the city for future residents. A recent influx, one that includes tech, is also looking to leave its mark on Oakland, but Oaklanders have expressed concern about how much the city could, and should, change in the face of this new wave of residents. Join us for this second installment in a new series, as newer arrivals discuss how their work...
Feb
28
Tue
San Francisco

Making Mind-Blowing Models

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
A key part of regional planning is putting together sophisticated models about the region that help answer questions such as what cities people are likely to live in, which policy tools will best shape development or what congestion might look like in the future. For years, staff at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) have been running these complex models as part of Plan Bay Area. Come hear about how these models work, what they show and how they can shape...

March 2017

Mar
2
Thu
San Jose

Addressing Homelessness With Homes

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The region’s out-of-control housing market affects everyone, but it impacts those who are currently homeless most of all, and agencies and organizations continue to search for new models to provide a home for everyone. Santa Clara County’s Measure A, which passed in 2016, will allocate funding to help build affordable housing, while other groups are experimenting with solutions like tiny homes and permanent supportive housing. Join us to learn how these groups are working to house the homeless. + Ray...
Mar
22
Wed
San Francisco

2017 Good Government Awards

Good Government Awards 5:30 p.m.
For the past 37 years, the Good Government Awards have recognized outstanding performances by managers working for the City and County of San Francisco.  A project of SPUR, these awards represent a unique opportunity to acknowledge San Francisco’s top managers for their leadership, vision and ability to make a difference both within city government and the community at large. Award winners will be recognized at the Good Government Awards in March 2017. We hope you will join us!

April 2017

Apr
6
Thu
San Francisco

Business on the Bay

Special Program
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
San Francisco's southeast waterfront is rapidly changing, driven by new developments at Mission Rock, Mission Bay, Hunters Point and Treasure Island. These projects are poised to deliver thousands of new, much-needed, housing units to the city, as well as retail, services, jobs, public space and other amenities. Join us for a waterfront tour, led by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors and FivePoint, to see these projects from a new...
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