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San Francisco's Director of Transportation Planning on the Importance of Piloting Integrated Infrastructure

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Timothy Papandreou – Director of Strategic Planning & Policy at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 

"We are a junction for regional trips. The biggest issue for us is therefore integration. We need to integrate all of the transport options, otherwise we’ll have sheer chaos. So we test a lot more pilots. We no longer build permanent infrastructure; instead, we test it with paint and local materials that we salvage from the Public Works Department."[read more]

Is a Confusing Pricing Structure Limiting the Growth of Bikesharing?

June 23, 2015 by Shareable .

Confusing for some.

As bikesharing grows, so do studies about users. A new one on the casual rider's perspective has found two areas of weakness: station location and overall number; and pricing. Most North American bikesharing programs follow the "buffet model," introduced in Lyon in 2005. Should they adopt a different one?[read more]

Building from Waste: Glimpses Into the Future of Our Built Environments

May 9, 2015 by The Global Grid

Hello, I'm back! Waste as a building material

Can waste have a second life as a building material? This is the question brought to surface through ETH Zurich’s Building from Waste exhibition, based on the book 'Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction'. E.g. one tile is composed solely from old coffee grounds and binding agents.[read more]

Alternative Materials: Will Our Future Resilient Cities Rise from the Landfill?

April 9, 2015 by The Global Grid

Cities out of Landfills?

1.3 billion tons of waste is generated each year in cities worldwide. With a rabid consumerist hunger, it is unsurprising that 30% of the world’s waste comes from America. San Francisco is hoping to change this by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal by 2020.[read more]

San Francisco Adaptive Reuse: From Church to Tech Office

March 27, 2015 by The Global Grid

San Francisco Building Redevelopment

When it comes to finding available, unique spaces in San Francisco, tech companies like Twitter, AirBnB, and countless others take on a hermit crab approach. Limited space, dense urban conditions, and nightmarish building regulations make it nearly impossible to build from the ground up.[read more]

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 12, 2015 by The Global Grid

Imaginative solutions to the threat of rising sea levels

The year is 2072 and higher San Francisco is an island – unless measures are taken to address the impact of rising sea levels. A competition has thrown up some imaginative solutions to the threat of rising sea levels from which other coastal cities can learn.[read more]

SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before

February 28, 2015 by David Edmondson

Shelter Design Problems?

SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.[read more]

San Francisco Restaurant Entrepreneurs To Grow Produce, Source Menu Locally

February 16, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Established restaurateurs Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint have a penchant for accountability in the food industry. Their latest offering, The Perennial, is set to open this spring. It will provide tech district office workers with a lesson in sustainability as well as a locally grown lunch.[read more]

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 26, 2015 by The Global Grid

Micro-Apartments in San Francisco

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco. The 160 square foot apartment holds enough space for one person. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which transforms into a table for two.[read more]

Hidden Gems in the Tenderloin

January 13, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Hidden Culture

I’ve written about the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco before. It’s an infamous neighborhood in the center of the city that has for decades resisted gentrification. But as the technology sector continues to urbanize, many fear that it’s only a matter of time before it does eventually gentrify.[read more]

Economic Value of San Francisco Parks Approaches $1 Billion Annually

December 29, 2014 by City Parks Blog

San Francisco’s park system plays a particularly outsized role in the City’s economy and is worth almost $1 billion a year, according to a recent report. The report is from the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance.[read more]

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco's Center for Redevelopment

December 14, 2014 by The Global Grid

San Francisco Pier Redevelopment

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city.[read more]