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27 Aug 2015The Entrepreneurial City for Whom?


The modern entrepreneurial society is, by its nature, disruptive. But this is nothing new, explains keynote speaker Nitzan Pelman, chief strategy…

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25 Aug 2015Public Private Partnerships in San Francisco and New York are Making it Happen


Public-private partnerships have come to be known as an integral tool for city building, but in San Francisco and New York…

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20 Aug 2015Art & the City: More Strategic than Ever


Artists are vehicles of culture and essential to any healthy community, but in rapidly growing urban centers they face uphill battles in maintaining spaces due to prohibitive real estate . This is a pain point particularly true for San Francisco, which has struggled to keep art alive. However, the current mayor has made art a centerpiece of his economic development plan, says Tom DeCaigny, director of cultural affairs at the San Francisco Arts Commission, raising the city’s arts fund by $1 million in 2015. “This year we’ll be topping $12 million,” he announces, referring to the city’s cultural endowment fund. (San Francisco was the first to have such a fund.) This means that “San Francisco has one of the largest per capita arts budgets in the country at more than $100 per citizen,” he points out. “We are also the first city in the nation to have a percentage for arts legislation – 2 percent of any construction costs goes to public art,” he says.

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18 Aug 2015Authenticity of Place: Innovative Urban Design Unique to Culture and Community


To the consternation of some designers, urban planning has begun to evolve away from an emphasis on providing fully controlled services…

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13 Aug 2015Placemaking: Learning from San Francisco’s Design Innovation in Public Spaces


Public spaces are the arteries through which the life – that is, the people – of our cities pass. But urban…

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11 Aug 2015Low Carbon Urbanism: Big and Small Ideas Necessary Now


There has been, for some time, a green building movement mobilized to stop the negative impact of human activity, cutting down…

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