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Re-RUD: Re-Inventing Our Regional & Urban Design Committee

By: Matthew Taecker, AIA, AICP

On March 22, rudder yourself to RUD – AIA East Bay’s “Regional & Urban Design Committee” – to help re-envision RUD’s purpose and potential.

The Regional & Urban Design Committee has been an important component of AIA East Bay over decades. The Committee’s mission is to promote “excellence in urban design, land use/transportation integration, public policy, and implementation” in urban and suburban environments.

In recent years, the RUD program has focused on educational programs. Program topics have included: considering how a building can better relate to its context and understanding financial obstacles to infill development.

On March 22, you are invited to help develop topics for future programs and presentations. To remain relevant, fresh perspectives are needed. For example, at AIA East Bay’s 2017 Member Mixer, participants expressed interest in hearing about:
• master plans for new sports facilities
• the “new town” planned at Concord Naval Station, and
• higher-density housing types that blend with single-family areas – the “missing middle.”

Moving forward, we encourage members to participate directly in framing topics and organizing a related presentation or symposium.

In the past, group discussion have engaged issues and contributed design-based perspectives to important debates. For example, during Oakland’s Latham Square design process in late 2013, we described design strategies for pedestrian-friendly places.

At the Mixer, many members said that they want to be more engaged with local issues. Ideas included:
• assessing specific places for what works well and what needs work
• identifying obstacles to infill development, and
• addressing housing affordability through building design.

Simply put, Re-RUD presents exciting possibilities, but we have to be better organized. I hope you’ll become part of this process.

Matthew Taecker is the Chair of the RUD Committee, and has been a leader in urban placemaking and land use / transportation integration.

Telegraph Avenue Charette

The Telegraph Charette
Tuesday, November 13
Noon – 1:30pm
1.5 CES Lus
Free and open to all

A Regional & Urban Design Presentation               

Berkeley Design Advocates, a volunteer group of architects, urban planners and transit specialists, present new visions for Telegraph Avenue based on a charette held earlier this year.

Download the full document here.

About the Presenters:  Alex Bergtraun, AIA and Jay Claiborne AICP of Berkeley Design Advocates will lead the presentation and facilitate discussion.

Jeff Tumlin: “Sustainable Transportation Planning”

Click here to view highlights of Jeff Tumlin’s May 1 presentation!

Jeff Tumlin: “Sustainable Transportation Planning”

Tuesday, May 1
6:00pm (lecture begins at 6:15)
AIA East Bay

1405 Clay Street
Oakland, CA

Join CNU Northern California and AIA East Bay on Tuesday, May 1st to hear Jeff Tumlin discuss his new book “Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities”, followed by a casual wine and cheese reception.

The book offers a comprehensive approach to transportation systems. Using clear, nontechnical language, this guide provides step-by-step instructions for implementing smart transportation concepts in cities of all sizes. Making this material accessible opens the door to greater participation in transportation planning by design and policy professionals, as well as citizen activists. The text also helps transportation professionals better understand and align their discipline within the broader movement toward sustainable urbanism.

After the presentation, join us for a wine and cheese reception in the AIA East Bay office.

About the speaker:

Jeffrey Tumlin is a principal and sustainability practice leader for Nelson\Nygaard, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility.

Cost: Free NorCal and AIA East Bay members and employees of chapter member firms;
$5 Non-members
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Click here to RSVP.

Transportation for the 21st Century

ACTA Project MapTuesday, March 13, 2012

Art Dao, Executive Director of the Alameda County Transportation Commission joins us on March 13th to discuss the direction of transportation planning in Alameda County.

The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) Board of Directors has approved the second draft of the Countywide Transportation Plan (CWTP), which will guide sustainable transportation planning and future land use development across the county for the next 25 years. The board has also approved the Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), which will guide spending projects that will be funded through an augmentation of ½ cent sales measure to appear on the ballot in November 2012. The TEP encompasses a $7.7 billion multimodal plan over an initial 30 years.

Free–bring your own lunch!
1.5 LU Hours

Click here for details, learning objectives and to RSVP (for room setup).