October 2018

Oct
25
Thu
San Francisco

POSTPONED: What’s Next for the Brisbane Baylands?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This program has been postponed due to circumstances outside of our control. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to having this discussion in early 2019. After more than 12 bumpy years, the Brisbane City Council recently approved a controversial but scaled-down development plan for the Brisbane Baylands that includes 2,220 units of housing among the mix of uses. Now Brisbane voters will make the final decision in November. Join us for a conversation about where...
Oct
25
Thu
San Francisco

Understanding Rider Experiences With Journey Maps

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Journey maps are a crucial step toward understanding how people perceive your service or process. Come learn the how, when and why of making a journey map of services and systems as we explore how users experience a service and discover how good questions draw out good data before we transform that information into a map. We’ll then discuss how we can use these maps to make the journey smoother for everyone. + Amanda Damewood / HCD Coach
Oct
30
Tue
San Francisco

2018 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon

Silver SPUR Luncheon 11:00 a.m.
The Silver SPUR Award is the most prominent award for lifetime civic achievement in San Francisco. 
Oct
31
Wed
San Francisco

A Coordinated Effort for Healthier Streets

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In January 2018, San Francisco launched a new Healthy Streets Operations Center (HSOC), which seeks to provide unified city services to unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness, ultimately ensuring that the city’s streets are safe for everyone. As a joint operation among multiple agencies, the HSOC is able to coordinate appropriate responses to eliminate redundancy and ensure effectiveness. Hear more about the model and the lessons they’ve learned over nearly a year of operation. + Emily Cohen / Department of Homelessness and...

November 2018

Nov
1
Thu
Oakland

Preparing At-Risk Communities and More for the Next Earthquake

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The USGS has been preparing the report HayWired, which looks at the impacts that a large quake might have on the Bay Area. A critical component of the report considers how an earthquake might affect two vulnerable elements that are rarely examined: our at-risk communities and our water system. Come learn what we should expect and be preparing for. Generously sponsored by PG&E and co-presented by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. + Dale Cox / USGS + Laurie Johnson / Laurie...
Nov
1
Thu
San Jose

TOD the Japanese Way

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Japan's privatized rail companies earn up to one-third of their revenue from real estate development around stations, encouraging density around transit and ongoing financial viability. However, this is a model rarely seen in the United States. What lessons can we learn from Japan to apply to California rail systems? How are Bay Area rail companies approaching transit-oriented development on land that they own around their stations? + Abby Thorne-Lyman / BART + Ron Golem / VTA + Sebastian Petty / Caltrain, + Egon Terplan / SPUR
Nov
1
Thu
San Jose

Highlighting Downtown’s Protected Bike Network

Tour 4:00 p.m.
Major improvements have been made to downtown San Jose’s bicycle network over the past several years, with enviable results. Now, the city’s Better Bikeways project aims to make it safer and easier to ride a bike in and around the heart of San Jose. Join us for a bicycle tour as our guides highlight the existing protected bike lane network and identify the key gaps where improvements are yet to come. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Shiloh Ballard /...
Nov
2
Fri
Oakland

Regional Strategy Launch and Listen Day

Lunchtime Forum
12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
What will the Bay Area be like in 50 years? How can we shape its future? Join us for an inside look at the making of SPUR’s regional strategy, a civic vision and road map for the Bay Area’s growth over the next half-century. Learn about the research questions and how you can get involved. Then, at 1:30pm, join us to share your voice and your vision for the future in this listening session and interactive workshop. Pre-registration is required.
Nov
6
Tue
Oakland

Anticipating Tomorrow’s Older Residents

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The population of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to skyrocket over the next 20 years, but much of our existing housing types aren’t designed for aging residents. Who is leading the charge on planning and building for this growing segment of the population? Come learn about new ways to address this plight, including innovation in senior services, co-housing options, affordability and more.
Nov
7
Wed
San Francisco

Post-Election Recap

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The November election puts hot-button issues before the voters. What will the results mean for the city, the new mayor and the next set of election cycles? In a much-loved tradition, SPUR and local political analysts provide a witty and incisive post-election recap. + Alex Clemens / Lighthouse Public Affairs + David Latterman / Fall Line Analytics
Nov
7
Wed
Oakland

A Creative Oasis in Oakland

Tour 4:30 p.m.
For decades, the Del Monte Cannery loomed large in the heart of the region’s most active canning district. Today, however, the factory lines and conveyor belts have been replaced by artists and makers and the building has found a new energy as Artthaus Studios. Featuring more than 100 office and studio spaces and located a half-mile from Fruitvale BART, the massive building has evolved into one of Oakland’s largest creative hubs. Come tour this fascinating example of adaptive reuse. Generously...
Nov
7
Wed
Oakland

Let's Bike Oakland!

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Oakland’s anticipated bike plan update took some new approaches during the planning process. Learn how the city’s Department of Transportation partnered with community-based organizations, and hear from those groups about the input they offered the plan and their experiences with the community engagement process. + Baybe Champ / Scraper Bike Team Inc. + Phoenix Mangrum / Cycles of Change + Candice Elder / East Oakland Collective + Hank Phan / Oakland Department of Transportation
Nov
8
Thu
San Jose

Speeding Up Trains in Downtown San Jose

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Because there’s so little separation between the pedestrian and transit environments in downtown San Jose, trains have to go slowly to avoid collisions. As a result, trains traveling through downtown have some of the slowest travel speeds of any light rail system in the country. But the VTA is preparing to launch a new pilot program to help improve the speed and safety of these routes. Come learn more about this ambitious project. + Doug Moody / San Jose Department...
Nov
8
Thu
San Francisco

Housing and the City: Love Versus Hope

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In Housing and the City: Love Versus Hope , renowned architect and urban designer Dan Solomon documents a collision between two opposite concepts of urbanity — the so-called City of Hope, which sought to replace traditional urban fabric with more rational housing patterns, and the City of Love, with love of the city’s layered history and respect for its intricate social fabric. The book explores how each of these models informs ideas about housing, especially of a city’s working class,...
Nov
12
Mon
San Francisco

SF Urban Film Fest

Film Screening
12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Join us for the fourth annual SF Urban Film Fest, a weeklong festival of planning and urban design as portrayed on video. For schedules, tickets, locations and more information, please visit sfurbanfilmfest.com .
Nov
13
Tue
Oakland

Modular For Commercial

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Prefabricated commercial structures are branching out from their roots in high-design tactical urbanism and shipping container retail. Fast, inexpensive and flexible, new modular techniques are being deployed in several Oakland projects that include office and other amenities, both temporary and permanent. Join a conversation with practitioners who are pioneering a new approach. + Andy Ball / RAD Urban + Martha Trela / UrbanBloc + Matthew Baran / Baran Studio
Nov
14
Wed
Oakland

Learning from Tokyo

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Tokyo, as a high-tech, globally connected waterfront city that contends with frequent earthquakes, is a fascinating counterpoint to the Bay Area. Though the similarities end there. It has one of the world’s best transportation systems and has built enough housing to remain affordable, but its relentless density and culture of unsentimental self-demolition can be jarring. Come gain insights and lessons from our recent study trip. + Ben Grant / SPUR + Egon Terplan / SPUR + Keiko Murayama / SOM + Molly Turner / UC Berkeley
Nov
15
Thu
Oakland

Transformative Transportation Projects

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What visionary transportation projects could reshape the Bay Area? Earlier this year, Bay Area Metro released a call for transformative projects that were not assessed previously in Plan Bay Area 2040. These ideas had to cost over $1 billion and be as varied as a second Transbay Tube or a network of aerial trams. Hear the ideas that won over the judges, and their viable for the future. + Dave Vautin / Bay Area Metro
Nov
28
Wed
San Francisco

Generation Priced Out

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The new book, Generation Priced Out, poses the pressing question: who gets to live in the new urban America? A call-to-action for one of the most widely-felt and deep-rooted issues affecting Americans today, the book tells the stories of residents, politicians and developers in over a dozen cities impacted by the housing crisis. Join us for a conversation with the author of this must-read work. + Randy Shaw / Tenderloin Housing Clinic + Adhi Nagraj / SPUR
Nov
28
Wed
Oakland

How City Governments Help Design Transportation Megaprojects

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Transportation megaprojects, such as rail extensions, are large, complex and expensive. Because they must be planned with skill and precision, their design has typically been left to transportation agencies. However, as cities begin to realize the often profound place-defining effects that these megaprojects have on the communities in which they're inserted, many local governments have taken it upon themselves to influence how this infrastructure is shaped. Come hear about why cities in the Bay Area are choosing to play a...
Nov
29
Thu
San Francisco

Northern California and the Failure of Politics

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
How could Northern California, the wealthiest and most politically progressive region in the United States, become one of the earliest epicenters of the foreclosure crisis? A new book tells the story of the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of regional planning, and the growth of sprawl, NIMBYism, and political fragmentation. Join the book’s author to discuss how we can finally weave scattered fragments of our region into a more equitable, and functional, whole. + Alex Schafran / Professor of Geography,...

March 2019

Mar
22
Fri
San Jose

2019 SPUR Impact Awards

SPUR Impact Awards
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The SPUR Impact Awards will acknowledge outstanding impact by public sector employees in city and county government in Santa Clara County, honoring those making a difference, within government and the community at large. Award recipients will be recognized for significant accomplishments in the areas of housing, transportation, placemaking and urban design, and sustainability and resilience.   SPUR Impact Awards Friday, March 22, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Computer History Museum 1401 N Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043   Sponsorships available >>  
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