Issue 570 April to May 2019
Five tropes of city life that originated in the Golden State
California might be the most mythologized landscape in existence, from the glossy pools and palm trees of reality TV to the neurosis-inducing freeways and subidivisions of film and literature. But little has been said about urbanism as one of the state’s contributions to the world. A Bay Area writer launches a project to catalog the phenomenon that is California urbanism, one trope at a time.
Working with nature to plan for sea level rise
As the climate continues to change, communities will need to adapt the San Francisco Bay shoreline to rising sea levels. But the Bay’s varied landscapes and overlapping jurisdictions make a coordinated response challenging. The San Francisco Bay Shoreline Adaptation Atlas proposes a new regional planning framework by dividing the 400-mile Bay shoreline into 30 distinct geographic areas that share common physical characteristics and adaptation strategies.
For this citizen architect, designing sustainable cities is a moral imperative.
SPUR Board Member Thang Do is an architect and the CEO of Aedis, a design firm working primarily in the education sector. He is also the owner of SoFA Market, a food hall in San Jose’s arts and culture district, and the Fountainhead Bar, an architecture-themed bar inside the market. His love of cities dates back to his childhood memories of Saigon's colonial French architecture.
In this dynamic city, street food takes center stage.
Singapore's population consists of three major ethnic groups plus a large immigrant population. Food plays a crucial role in bringing these different cultures together, and hawker centers — public spaces for street-food vending — are the direct spatial manifestation of this role in the urban fabric.