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SB 827: Examining Effects in Transit-Rich Neighborhoods

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $10 guests; After 4/22: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $15 guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Please join AIA East Bay to learn about SB 827, a bill before California’s State Senate which would supersede local zoning to increase the extent and density of development near transit. If passed, the bill would increase by-right building heights within one-half mile of rail stations. Allowable building heights would vary depending on the distance to train stations. To illustrate, new buildings within a 1/4 mile could reach 55 feet by-right. Farther out but within a 1/2 mile, building heights could be 45 feet.

We will examine SB 827’s implications on neighborhood form and explore planning opportunities as we hear from experts conversant in public policy, urban economics, and building and city design typologies.

The presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Speakers include:

Laura Foote Clark, YIMBY Action
Kelan Stoy & Kuan Butts, Urban Footprint
Sujata Srivastava, Strategic Economics
John Ellis, Mithun

Moderator: Jay Castle, Assoc. AIA, Meshwork Organization

The Concord Reuse Project and New Town Planning

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Early registration (by June 4): Free AIA members / $10 Guests
Late registration: $10 AIA members / $15 Guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Come hear the story of the Concord Reuse Project and how the plan has evolved over the last ten years.  The project will redevelop the former Concord Naval Weapons Station to become a model for transit-oriented sustainable design.  North Concord BART serves as a gateway to the 2,300-acre site.  The project will include 12,200 housing units, over 6 million square feet of commercial development and hundreds of acres of parks, open space and greenways.

FivePoint and Hart Howerton are working with the City of Concord to develop a Specific Plan and EIR by the end of 2018.  Rachel Flynn, AIA, Vice President with FivePoint Communities and Eron Ashley, AIA Managing Principal at Hart Howerton will present plans for this exciting project.

About the Presenters:

Rachel Flynn, AIA joined FivePoint in 2016 as Vice President of Planning where she oversees Lennar’s redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.  Prior to this, she was Director of Planning and Building for the City of Oakland. Rachel is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition from organizations such as the Jobs and Housing Coalition of Oakland, the SF Business Times, the Sierra Club of Virginia, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, and the Governor of Virginia.

Eron Ashley, AIA is a Managing Principal with Hart Howerton in San Francisco and his skills span from early master-planning, design and construction. Eron has led a variety of assignments including: community master plans in Abu Dhabi, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii; full-service design of Pearl Island, Panama; a master plan for San Francisco’s Olympic Club; new clubhouse facilities in Phoenix and Park City; the mixed- use Emeryville Public Market; and The Island House boutique hotel in Lyford Cay, Bahamas.


Rebuilding Cities in China: The Debate over Urban Renewal versus Urban Revitalization

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland 94612
Free and open to all–please RSVP for room setup. Bring your lunch!

1.5 CES LUs

Massive economic growth in China since 1980 has increased the rate of urbanization. Growth has also increased the wealth of hundreds of millions of Chinese families. One of the few ways that households can invest their savings is in real estate. Urban governments have responded by facilitating investment in construction–especially the development of apartment towers.

However in coastal China, no land is “empty:” even farmland is densely settled. Therefore any new urban development must either acknowledge or erase existing settlements. There can be some overlap between these options, but usually the easiest option is “Urban Renewal:” the erasure of villages and historic landscapes and total replacement with new infrastructure and buildings.

Increasingly, Chinese planners are dissatisfied with the cookie-cutter effect of cities that look increasingly the same. Now that Chinese economic growth has dropped below 7% per year, some Chinese planners are calling for a reconsideration of the feasibility of the other option: Urban Revitalization, in which existing built and cultural landscapes are acknowledged, even as they are transformed.

Come to AIA East Bay at lunchtime to hear how Urban Revitalization may be the solution.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Pietro Calogero is a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. He received his PhD in City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.

His professional experience includes construction, architecture, and urban design. He oversaw the construction of 193 units of public housing in San Francisco from 1998 to 2003. He also worked on the University Avenue Specific Plan and the initial stages of the Sonoma-Marin Regional Transit (SMART) plan at Calthorpe Associates. In 1992, he assisted Allan Jacobs in completing Great Streets (1993).

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will:

  1. Be able to state two core aspects of the idea of Urban Revitalization.
  2. Be able to provide ways in which urban revitalization and urban renewal differ.
  3. Be able to describe negative impacts of China’s current regional planning structure.
  4. Be able to compare and contrast how China’s current growth struggles to Bay Area growth.

SF Placemaking Summit: When we focus on PLACE, anything is possible!

An AIASF Presentation

Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94588
$50 AIA members/$75 non-members.
Click here to registerLunch is provided.


SF Placemaking Summit: When we focus on PLACE, anything is possible!
Placemaking encourages action. Join us for a half-day event where we will explore:

  • How San Francisco can further embrace, participate in and benefit from the International Placemaking Movement
  • What City government can do to better support community driven Placemaking from the top down
  • What we can learn from Placemaking success in San Francisco and beyond
  • How to support and leverage grassroots Placemaking efforts, create a demand for Placemaking, and inspire a culture of engagement and ownership within our communities.


11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration. Lunch is provided.
Interactive Poster Board – What other movements connect with and enhance Placemaking?

Interactive Poster Board – What is your definition of Placemaking?
Presentation Poster Boards – Various SF Placemaking efforts.

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions. Why does Placemaking Matter?

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session #1: Placemaking as a Movement. How can San Francisco further participate in and benefit from the International Placemaking Movement?

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session #2: Place Governance and Place Capital. How can we rethink governance to support Placemaking?

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
Session #3: Innovation, Community Districts and Place-making. How can innovation efforts and Community Districts better embrace and take advantage of Placemaking?

4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Session #4: Break Out Groups: Create an Action Plan

4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Report back and wrap up

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Reception hosted by Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its 10th anniversary. This reception is a fundraiser to support the Center’s annual programming. A donation of $20 is suggested. To register for the reception, click here.

The summit will feature remarks by and conversations with:

  • Laurie Halsey Brown | Sense of Place Lab
  • Noah Budnick | Incoming ED SF Bicycle Coalition
  • Krista Canellakis | Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI)
  • Marina Christodoulides | MK Think
  • Hunter Franks | Neighborhood Postcard Project
  • Eliza Gregory | Massive Urban Change
  • Aaron Hyland | Placemaking San Francisco
  • Jennifer Jones | AIA San Francisco
  • Ethan Kent | Project for Public Spaces
  • Fred Kent | Project for Public Spaces
  • Mike Lanza | Playborhood
  • Krista Canellakis | Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI)
  • Dan Parham | Neighborland
  • Neal Patel | SF Beautiful, SF Bike and San Francisco Metro Transit Authority
  • John Raiham | Director of San Francisco Planning Department
  • Kara Riggio | Placemaking Chicago
  • Peter Smith | Place Leaders Asia and CEO (City Administrator) of Adelaide Australia
  • Michael Yarne | Build, Inc. and Up Urban, Inc.
    And more!


Lake Merritt Station Area Plan/Open House

From Lake Merritt BART Station Area Staff:

In advance of Saturday’s open house at Laney College, the latest version of the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan has been posted to the City’s webpage.  Also posted is the design guidelines document which accompanies the Plan.   Please see the “Reports” section on the project webpage, or paste this link into your browser:

The City of Oakland’s announces an OPEN HOUSE to learn about the plans for street and open space improvements, and guidelines for new development in the area within half a mile radius from the Lake Merritt BART Station. The draft proposals, along with identification of funding and implementation mechanisms are based on an ongoing community process, in collaboration with BART and Peralta Community College District, to create a Station Area Plan that will help guide how this area develops into the future.


Saturday, December 15

Location: Laney College Student Center/Cafeteria

900 Fallon St. (@9th St.)

Time: 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.*

*The event will begin with a presentation. Various staffed information stations will also illustrate the Draft Plan proposals. Light refreshments will be served.


Interpreters will be available during the presentation and materials will be available in English, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Lake Merritt Station Area Plan
Strategic Planning Division, Community and Economic Development Agency, City of Oakland
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315, Oakland, CA 94612


Telephone Message Line: (510) 238-7904

Project Website:

Robert Ogilvie: Healthy Places-A Key to Growing Strong

Healthy Places: A Key to Growing Strong
A lecture by Robert Ogilvie, PhD

Co-sponsored by the Congress of New Urbanism, Northern California

Wednesday, September 19
Cost: Free AIA and CNU members; $5 non-members

Please click here to RSVP. An informal reception accompanies the lecture.

About the speaker: Robert Ogilvie is the vice president for strategic engagement at ChangeLab Solutions. Over the past 15 years he has worked extensively in community development and planning to help improve low- and middle-income neighborhoods. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, he served as a faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, as a consultant to city and county governments, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood activists, and as director of volunteers at the Partnership for the Homeless in New York City.

He is the author of Voluntarism, Community Life, and the American Ethic (Indiana University Press, 2004), an examination of why people volunteer and how local organizations create community. Robert holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University and is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University of South Carolina.

Heather Fargo Lecture

Wednesday, August 15th
6:00pm (lecture begins at 6:15) 
AIA East Bay
1405 Clay Street
Oakland, CA

Cost: Free for AIA/CNU NorCal members; $5 non-members
1.5 CES LUs

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Join CNU NorCal and AIA East Bay on Tuesday, June 10th to hear Heather Fargo discuss the future of California’s Strategic Growth Council, followed by a casual wine and cheese reception.

Heather’s presentation will:

  1. Focus on urban centers and their edges, and why each is important to CA;
  2. Discuss the future of cities in CA – the need for and barriers to infill development, and the state’s role in facilitating sustainable development;
  3. Share the changing conversation about planning in CA and the challenges we face in making city living work; and
  4. Describe the critical steps in revitalizing Sacramento’s central city as Mayor.

About the speakerHeather Fargo is the first Executive Policy Officer for the California Strategic Growth Council. She was appointed in June 2010. Heather served as Mayor of Sacramento CA from 2000-2008, and on the city council from 1989-2000. During that time, she served on the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, serving as chair during the development of the Regional Blueprint.

At SACOG, Heather Fargo helped to expand the board to include all cities and counties within the region. She also served as chair of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), and assured that flood protection was provided in an environmentally appropriate way.

Heather Fargo served on numerous other boards, and was instrumental in the revitalization of Sacramento’s central city and neighborhoods, the Sacramento River Waterfront Plan, the new General Plan, the city’s first Sustainability Master Plan in 2007, and the expansion of health care, education and green technology as core elements of the Sacramento economy. Heather Fargo served on the board of the CA League of Cities and as their president in 2008. She also served on the advisory board of the US Conference of Mayors. From 1975-2003, she worked for the CA Department of Parks and Recreation in a variety of positions. She is a graduate of UCD and a resident of Sacramento.

Cost: Free for AIA/CNU NorCal members; $5 non-members
1.5 CES LUs
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