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Most SPUR programs are free to attend. To view recordings and slide decks from previous events, visit the “Past Events” link below. For more information, see our Events FAQ page.

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June 2024

Groups of people gathered at the Urban Center
Special Program to

[SOLD OUT] SPUR Urbanist Social

Join SPUR in Oakland for a speed networking event where the goal is to make as many professional connections as possible! Grab a drink and enjoy connecting with individuals in the SPUR network across fields and backgrounds. This is a great opportunity to make valuable connections in a facilitated space. Whether you’re ready to dip your toe back into intentional networking, or want to just share a conversation and a drink, we invite you to join us for an informal happy hour this summer.
 The wreckage of a collapsed building, Diyarbakır, Turkey.
Digital Discourse to

Earthquake Recovery in Türkiye

It has been a year and a half since the magnitude 7.8 and magnitude 7.5 earthquakes devastated Türkiye and Syria. Where is Türkiye now in the recovery timeline and how are leaders thinking about housing recovery and “building back better”? Join our panelists as they answer these questions and how they have integrated lessons learned into their practice.
Widescreen image of the Fault Lines film cover
San Francisco
In-Person Forum to

Film Screening: Fault Lines and the San Francisco Housing Crisis

From directors Nate Houghteling (American Pathogen, State of Pride) and Yoav Attias (Brick City, Chicagoland) comes a groundbreaking documentary about the San Francisco housing crisis. The film explores the real human impact of housing affordability, homelessness, and local housing laws to illustrate how decades of policy inaction are choking the Bay Area – and threatening to become a national emergency.

July 2024

Veggielution Tour on July 12 Title Slide
All Member Event
San José
Tour to

Harvesting Community: A Journey through Veggielution

Join SPUR for a tour of Veggielution, a community farm based in East San José that mobilizes volunteers to cultivate and grow healthy crops. Attendees will learn how their 6-acre community farm in Emma Prusch Farm Park in the Mayfair neighborhood, mobilizes volunteers to cultivate and grow healthy crops for program participants and other local residents. Marie Millares / Facility Director, Veggielution Emily Schwing / Acting Executive Director, Veggielution

August 2024

Buenos Aires skyline
Digital Discourse to

Urban Challenges Meeting AI Solutions in Latin America

Latin America is one of the most urbanized regions globally, with 81% of its population residing in urban areas. This trend is set to intensify, with projections indicating that by 2050, 90% of Latin Americans will live in cities. However, the rapid expansion of these urban centers has been largely uncoordinated, presenting a host of challenges in areas such as public services, mobility, congestion, pollution, housing affordability, and crime. Nevertheless, by embracing AI solutions, cities in Latin America can mitigate these issues and foster efficiency and equity within their urban landscapes. In this upcoming webinar, Soledad Guilera will talk about the transformative potential of AI by spotlighting instances where Latin American cities have successfully integrated AI technologies into their urban frameworks.

October 2024

Silver SPUR Awards October 24, 2024
Silver SPUR Awards to

2024 Silver SPUR Awards

Join SPUR for an evening of celebration, inspiration, and networking. The Silver SPUR Awards are back on Thursday, October 24th at the Blue Shield Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. More information coming soon!
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 [email protected] 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.