may 30 VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Deluxe and Super Pass holders have their choice of ONE (1) of SEVEN (7) pre-conference field trips to attend. More details about the tours and locations are available here.
may 30 SPUR 654 MISSION ST.
Isaiah Saxon will explore how accelerated growth and rapid increase of urban population necessitates new ways of building infrastructure. Basic infrastructure such as water and communications are often improvised on the cheap by pioneering citizens as new settlements take shape while official infrastructure plays catch up to the emergent needs of these pioneers. Isaiah will explore the ins and outs of DIY infrastructure, its history, aesthetics, practical shortcoming and of course its allure and benefits.
Sinan Akkaya will discuss the history and future trajectories of wireless network infrastructure in the Bay Area.
Noted futurist Alex Steffen will open the weekend's themes and discussion, using big picture patterns and real world examples, calling attention to some of the most urgent issues facing urbanism and infrastructure today.
may 31 brava theater 2781 24th st.
08:30 - 09:00
- Cheong-Tseng Eng, SFMTA
- Andrea Hansen, Code For America, CCA and LSU
- Bettina Warburg, Institute for the Future
Does open, easily accessible civic data pave the way for a more community oriented approach to urban development? Can civic data effectively drive citizen participation in the shaping of the urban landscape? Conversely, what practical obstacles stand in the way of forging a more robust data-driven urbanism that rises above merely visualizing data?
The session is -- in some ways -- a retrospective. It will look to the last decade of open data advocacy and government participation in these efforts, and discuss how to build on the successes of those initiatives going forwards.
- Michael Forrest, URS
- Laci Videmsky, Nerds for Nature, New California Water Atlas
- Jon Christensen, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability/BOOM Journal/UCLA      (moderator)
Water has fundamentally shaped the history of urban development in California, giving rise to massive structures of conveyance, cleansing, diversion and protection. As both the ecological outlook for water and the human systems for managing the resource evolve, so too will neighborhoods, cities, and regions change.
This session focuses on the future: what is the state of play both in understanding water resources in California, and in designing projects which control it? What are the implications for coming generations of California residents?
- Rachel Moses, Greenlots
- Beau Trincia, Building Robotics
- Marcel Wilson, Bionic Landscape
- Nick Polansky, MIT Urban Risk Lab SF (moderator)
Energy is not created equal. Whether nuclear, coal, solar or otherwise, the cost of energy and the means by which it is generated and distributed has very tangible effects on the experience of urban, suburban, and rural life.
What do the new threads of sustainability and green technology indicate about how we build cities in the future? How will these new, sustainable technologies interface with older systems already in place? How will these developments influence patterns of settlement, and the social lives of the communities within them?
- Michael Germeraad, Association of Bay Area Governments
- Wendi Goldsmith, Bioengineering Group
- Sarah Goodyear, Atlantic Cities (moderator)
How do cities and the people in them recover from disaster? How do cities design for resilience, not only in their populations but into the very cement-and-rebar of the built landscape? Do new risks require new types of urban organization?
This panel brings together a pair of experts working on problems of long term risk in cities both in the public and private sectors. The session will cover the broader lessons to be learned in designing (and failing to design) stronger cities, and the looming challenges facing a new generation of urban planners in the US and abroad.