Tag: 2022-05-nn-norcal

Who’s where

Who’s where

Sarah Allen, AICP, has ac­­­cep­ted a new pos­it­ion as Pro­ject Dev­elo­per with Eden Hous­ing in Hay­ward. She is leaving her position as assistant planning director at the City of Lafayette, where she has been working since she started in 2007 as an intern. Allen’s new position will entail all aspects of project development for affordable housing including identifying properties for sale or in need of rehabilitation, finding funding sources, pursuing entitlements (on the other side of the counter now), overseeing construction, and tenanting the buildings with veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals and families. Allen holds a master’s in urban planning and real estate development from USC and a bachelor’s in sociology from CSU Sacramento.

 

Nisha Chau­han, AICP, has left Al­ame­da Coun­ty as a sen­ior plan­ner to be­come a Sen­ior Land Plan­ner with PG&E. She also serves as a legislative liaison with the California Association of Environmental Professionals, evaluating proposed environmental and land use planning bills for members of the legislature. Chauhan’s work included managing large solar projects, transportation (rail and freeway expansion), flood protection, drainage, water supply, residential, and mixed-use projects. She holds an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in environmental studies and a certificate of completion in land use and environmental planning from UC Davis Extension.

 

Ranu Ag­gar­wal, AICP, was recently pro­mot­ed to Prin­ci­pal Plan­ner at M-­Group. She is an ac­com­pli­shed urban planner with an interdisciplinary approach to planning and with advanced skills in GIS, policy, communications, environmental review, development and design review, and permitting. Aggarwal holds a B.Arch from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, University of Mumbai; a master of landscape architecture from UMass, Amherst; and a master of regional and city planning from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and home improvement projects.

 

Samuel Gut­ier­rez has moved on from six-­and-­a-­half years of cur­rent plan­ning work with the City of Palo Alto’s Plan­ning and Dev­elop­ment Ser­vic­es Dep­art­ment to the post of Prin­ci­pal Plan­ner in the Dep­art­ment of Plan­ning and Development, County of Santa Clara. Gutierrez holds a master’s in urban and regional planning from San José State University, a bachelor’s in urban studies and planning from CSU Northridge, and an associate degree from Pasadena City College.

 

Chris­to­pher Nich­olas has join­ed Good City Com­pany as a Sen­ior Plan­ner, where he will be work­ing on high-­level pro­ject plan­ning, adva­nce plan­ning, and trans­por­tat­ion-­re­lat­ed pro­jects. Nicholas grew up in Vallejo and spent 12 years on the east coast before moving back to California to work in Caltrans’s Office of Regional and Community Planning. During his time at Caltrans, he was a guest speaker at APA’s National Conference in San Francisco, April 2019, a project manager for the Statewide Streetlight Data Pilot Program, and helped develop Vehicle Mile Travel guidance for Caltrans. Nicholas holds a master’s in urban planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s in architectural design from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro.

 

Renata Robles was re­cent­ly pro­mo­ted to sen­ior plan­ner at the City of La­fay­ette where she had worked as an associate planner since 2020 and co-led the Housing Element update for the city. That included developing and implementing community outreach around the update process; collaborating with the public, architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, and engineers in the City’s entitlement process; and other housing-related projects. Robles completed coursework in landscape architecture and urban design at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and received her BA in urban and environmental studies from Brown University. She will graduate with a masters of urban planning from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in May 2022.

 

Kate White is lead­ing a cross-­dis­ci­plin­ary init­iat­ive as Arup San Fran­cisco’s new Re­stor­ative Com­muni­ties Lead­er, focus­ed on re­con­nect­ing neigh­bor­hoods his­toric­ally harmed by urban roadways. She has been with Arup for the past three years as a planning policy leader in the San Francisco office, assisting public and private sectors in implementing ambitious mobility, climate, equity, and sustainability goals. White was a deputy secretary with CalSTA, the state transportation agency, for five years and served as executive director of ULI San Francisco for six years. A current board member of the San José SPUR branch, she holds a master’s in public and urban administration from San Francisco State University and a BA in political science from Oberlin College.

 

Jerry Wil­burn re­cent­ly ac­cept­ed a posi­tion as Pro­gram Man­ager at the Bill Wil­son Cen­ter in Santa Clara, which provides services for homeless youth across Santa Clara county. Wilburn’s previous work was at the tiny homes transitional village as program manager for People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) in San José in conjunction with his master’s thesis in urban and regional planning at San José State University. In addition to his master’s, Wilburn holds a bachelor of applied science in urban planning/sociology (B.A.Sc.) also from San José State.

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Lisbon’s Walkability

Lisbon’s Walkability

Cynthia F. Campbell, director for International and Philanthropic Innovation in HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research, reflects on transit in Lisbon, Portugal, and the importance of home, April 4, 2022. Republished with permission.

Recently, during my first international vacation since the pandemic began, I visited Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. I was struck not only by the city’s architectural beauty but also its walkability. I found wide avenues with dedicated bike lanes and broad sidewalks for pedestrians. The historic city center along the waterfront was closed to automobiles, allowing for safe and enjoyable strolling. Lisbon’s historic tram system has been operating since 1873, and it was interesting to see the array of streetcars still in use. A robust tuk-tuk business, targeted mainly to tourists, made transportation around the city easily accessible.

 

Photo of Cindy Campbell
Cynthia Campbell, Director of PD&R’s International and Philanthropic Affairs Division.

I became fascinated with the intricate designs adorning the city’s sidewalks and historic plazas, so I researched the topic and found this very interesting New York Times article that discusses their history and how the city is maintaining them. The Lisbon City Council established a paving school in 1986 that trains pavers, or calceteiros, to maintain and install new pavement designs. The article notes that the school has trained 224 calceteiros since its founding. When you stroll through Lisbon, these intricate patterns and designs make you feel as though you are in an art gallery.

 

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Lisbon is notable for its walkability and generous pedestrian areas. Photo credit: Cynthia Campbell

I also noted the city’s ubiquitous bike lanes. During the pandemic, Lisbon increased its network of bike lanes from 65 miles to 124 miles. I noticed that these bike lanes are protected from automobile traffic by barriers, curbs, or complete separation. Lisbon is very bike friendly, and I noticed hundreds of cyclists zipping around the city, especially during commuting hours.

 

Photo of bike path in Lisbon
De-emphasizing automobile traffic allows space for not only pedestrians but also bicycles. Photo credit: Cynthia Campbell

I am a retired naval officer, and I was traveling with some former Navy shipmates. While in Lisbon, we visited another former naval officer who is retired and living permanently in Lisbon. During his time in the Navy, this officer taught at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and one of his former students was a Ukrainian naval officer. When Russia recently invaded Ukraine, he reached out to his former student to offer assistance. The Ukrainian naval officer accepted this generous offer and asked the retired officer if he could house his mother and son as well as his sister and her daughter. The Ukrainian naval officer’s wife also serves in the Ukrainian Navy, and his sister’s husband is in the military as well. The retired officer took in the Ukrainian’s entire family.

Photo of Lisbons tram system
Lisbon’s historic tram system has been operating since 1873, while tuk-tuks (pictured in front) provide tourists with an easy way to see the city. Photo credit: Cynthia Campbell

We were able to host the family for dinner with lots of hugs and support. With the help of Google Translate, we heard them describe their harrowing journey to Lisbon. The home of the officer’s mother was destroyed, and the family members could take only one bag each with them during their harrowing escape. The mother even showed us some video that she filmed as she was leaving her home. It was horrifying to see and hear the firsthand story of her escape from Ukraine.

The good news is that the family is adjusting well to their new home in Lisbon with the generous support of our friend and his family. Fortunately, they have enough room and, more importantly, large enough hearts to take in this amazing family. I’m sure that the Ukrainian naval officer is relieved to know that his family is safe and in good hands with his former U.S. Navy officer.

All in all, it was a great visit to Lisbon!

This article originally appeared in HUD USER, PD&R Edge. Republished with permission. You can view the original article here.

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Free SPUR events for April and May

Free SPUR events for April and May

 

SPUR believes “education empowers people to take an active role in creating a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous region.” So SPUR has made “the majority of its programming free to the public.” Here is their calendar for the balance of April 2022, plus May.

SAN FRANCISCO

A Culmination of the Presidio Parkway [In-Person Program]

Monday, April 25. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

This spring, the Presidio will open Battery Bluff, six acres of beautiful new open space created atop one set of Presidio Parkway tunnels through the national park site. Combined with the upcoming Presidio Tunnel Tops, a total of 36-acres of new public parkland will be added to the Presidio, and the Bayshore will be reconnected to the historic heart of the park for the first time in eight decades. This moment marks the culmination of a three-decade government and community effort, championed by SPUR and numerous government agencies, to replace the seismically unsafe Doyle Drive with a new roadway, designed by the late Michael Painter, that would fit seamlessly into the park landscape. Join key actors in the design and construction process to hear this remarkable story of how government and community collaboration led to a world-class open space. Attendees will receive a new book commemorating the Presidio Parkway development, Parkway for the People, by Kristina Woolsey.

SAN FRANCISCO

X Marks the Spot: Touring Treasure Island

Wednesday, April 27. Tour 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Treasure Island is undergoing monumental change. 8,000 new homes planned for the island will be supported by 300 acres of parks and 22 miles of trails, accounting for the largest expansion of public space in San Francisco since the creation of Golden Gate Park. Grand in scope, the ambitious plan is truly worthy of the Golden Gate International Exposition, which was held on the island more than eighty years ago. With the first phase of the project under construction and a completed ferry terminal now shuttling passengers to downtown San Francisco in only 10 minutes, join us for an up-close look at the city’s new efforts to create a sustainable community from the ground up.

SAN FRANCISCO

Touring the Presidio’s Battery Bluff

Thursday, April 28. Tour 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Though the Presidio Parkway, the replacement for the seismically unsafe Doyle Drive, opened in 2015, the project was far from over. In the years since, work has been underway to take advantage of the roadways’ improved design to restore wetlands and create new open spaces for visitors on and around the tunnels through the national park site. The historic heart of the Presidio will now be reconnected to the park’s northern waterfront for the first time since 1937. One restoration site will open this spring. Battery Bluff, a six-acre open space, promises sweeping views of the Golden Gate, Angel Island, and Alcatraz. The landscape includes picnic tables, restored historic gun batteries, and a new multi-use segment of the Presidio Promenade trail to the Golden Gate Bridge. Come for a behind-the-scenes tour of Battery Bluff and see parts of the Presidio that have been off-limits to the public for 80 years. In partnership with the Presidio Trust.

SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

Protect, Accommodate, Retreat: Adaptation Strategies in the Face of Sea Level Rise

Wednesday, May 4. Lunchtime Forum 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

There is widespread agreement that the Bay Area needs to invest in both protection and accommodation to allow communities to coexist with the inevitability of sea-level rise. But managed retreat, itself, is bitterly contested. The history of the government taking land for the “public good” is synonymous with some of the greatest injustices in the United States, of which the displacement of Native Americans from their ancestral lands and the razing of non-white communities to build freeways and railroads are just two appalling examples. Managed retreat chips away at the communities that people love while reopening these old wounds. However, its alternative — allowing climate disasters to force when and how people move — is no better. And as climate change continues to impact the Bay Area, many neighborhoods will be at greater risk of regular flooding, even with protection and accommodation strategies in place. Take part in a difficult conversation about when, if ever, is the right time to talk about retreat.

SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

What Are the Secrets to Emeryville’s Success?

Tuesday, May 10. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The city of Emeryville is different than many other Bay Area cities. Its commitment to housing, bike infrastructure, building decarbonization, and more have proven to be a model opportunity for other cities to learn from. One key way in which it has stood apart from much of the rest of the region is through its exemplary efforts to build affordable housing. The city is currently on track to exceed its regional housing development goals and is seeking to qualify as a “pro-housing city” through a new California Department of Housing and Community Development incentivization program that funds prioritization and other benefits. Join us for a conversation with Emeryville’s mayor, John J. Bauters, to discuss how his city has accomplished what others have yet to achieve.

OAKLAND

Building ADUs in Oakland: The Keys to Equity Program

Wednesday, May 11. Evening Forum 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

For more than 40 years, the Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services (RNHS) has worked tirelessly to undo the harmful effects of racist housing policies that result in redlining, disinvestment, blight and systemic segregation across the East Bay. Its new Keys to Equity Program, created in collaboration with Self-Help Federal Credit Union, the WellNest Company, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the City of Oakland, and the San Francisco Foundation, works directly with Oakland homeowners who are looking to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on their property. Through one-on-one guidance, the program provides the fundamental design, permitting, construction, and financing services that often serve as hurdles to building an ADU. Come learn how this important program aims to reverse decades of discriminatory housing practices while alleviating the housing crisis in the East Bay.

OAKLAND

Exploring Oakland’s District 2

Friday, May 13. Tour 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Comprising the neighborhoods of Grand Lake, Chinatown, Trestle Glen, Highland Park, and more, Oakland District 2 is a vibrant core of the city filled with cultural institutions, active commercial streets, and tight-knit communities. Join us as we explore the district with its councilmember and the president of the Oakland City Council, Nikki Fortunato Bas, to hear about her favorite gems and how she works to represent her constituents.

SAN FRANCISCO

Office to Housing Conversion: San Francisco

Tuesday, May 17. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, broad swaths of San Francisco’s Financial District and South of Market neighborhoods have been all but abandoned by companies who have transitioned to either a hybrid or fully-remote model of working. This exodus of major employers means that many of the city’s tallest buildings sit underused, or even empty, while Bay Area residents continue to endure an oppressive housing crisis and many of our neighbors remain unhoused. The widespread office vacancies, brought on by the unprecedented events of the last two years, present a unique opportunity for developers and city leaders — not just in San Francisco, but also across the United States. Join us for an in-depth discussion about the chance, and feasibility of, converting unused office space into desperately needed homes.

 

SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

Planning More Illuminated Cities

Wednesday, May 31. Special Program 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Is your night experience in cities poetic or fearful? Though architects and planners design the world around us primarily for daytime hours, half of our lives are spent in the dark. Some individuals, such as culture lovers and clubbers, choose to go out at night, while others, like shift workers, must do so as part of their jobs. And let’s not forget the wintertime, when most of us experience cities after the sun sets early. However, regardless of the reasons that we traverse cities at night, well-designed illumination is vital to accessing our cities during these darkened hours. It connects us to fresh air and social interactions while boosting local economies and augmenting safety and a sense of welcome. Join noted lighting urbanist Leni Schwendinger as she leads a panel of international lighting and urban design leaders to explore the perceptions, realities, and creative possibilities of the city at night.

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Creating transportation equity from the ground up

Creating transportation equity from the ground up

Wednesday, April 27, at 10:00 a.m. PDT

Participants of the live webinar are eligible for one Equity CM and 1.5 AICP CM credits.

“Transportation accounts for the largest share of emissions in the United States. But many U.S. cities benefit by having dense urban footprints. By expanding low- and zero-carbon mobility options, cities can help to build more equitable transportation systems and increase economic mobility.

“Join the Smart Growth Network at 10:00 a.m. PDT, Wednesday, April 27, as Alison Sant, author of From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities, Tracey Capers of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in New York City, and Ashwat Narayanan of Our Streets Minneapolis identify how to serve under-resourced communities through investments in walking, cycling, and public transportation.

“For more information and to register, go to https://bit.ly/SGequiWeb

“The Smart Growth Network is a partnership of government, business, and civic organizations that support smart growth. US EPA is one of the founding partners of the network. Since its creation in late 1996, the network has become a clearinghouse for information about smart growth strategies.” APA is a Network Partner.

“The Smart Growth website is a project of the Maryland Department of Planning and is funded by the US EPA Office of Sustainable Communities.”

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ICYMI: This Fact Sheet can aid localities in implementing SB 9

ICYMI: This Fact Sheet can aid localities in implementing SB 9

HCD, March 25, 2022

“The California Department of Housing and Community Development released an SB 9 Fact Sheet as a resource to local agencies, homeowners, and other stakeholders. The fact sheet provides a high-level overview of key parts of the law and addresses common questions received by HCD from local agency staff and members of the public over recent months.

“SB 9 represents an important tool for creating more housing opportunities in single-family residential communities throughout the state and a key strategy to help solve California’s housing crisis.

“HCD does not have authority to enforce SB 9, but violations of SB 9 may violate other statutes over which HCD does have enforcement authority, including:

  • Housing Element Law
  • Housing Crisis Act of 2019
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Law
  • Housing Accountability Act

 “As local jurisdictions implement SB 9, including adopting local ordinances, it is important to keep these and other housing laws in mind. As of [March 25], the Housing Accountability Unit (HAU) has received 29 complaints about local SB 9 implementation ordinances that it is currently investigating for potential violations of state law. The HAU is coordinating with the California Office of the Attorney General on SB 9-related complaints.

“ …[The] HAU holds jurisdictions accountable for their housing element commitments and other state housing laws.”

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Listening Sessions: APA and CPR want to hear from you

Listening Sessions: APA and CPR want to hear from you

The housing crisis is worsening and getting more complex. How can planners lead effectively while preventing the displacement of our neighbors?

The California Planning Roundtable and APA California want to hear from the state’s APA members, via the California Chapter’s Sections, about how the last few years of legislative land-use efforts have affected them personally and in their professional settings. Ultimately, Cal Chapter and the Roundtable will also seek strategies to realize housing affordability and prevent or mitigate displacement, including concerns about, and ideas for, implementing recent housing bills. CPR hopes to synthesize information from across the state to share at the Chapter’s conference in the fall; to use that data to inform the Chapter’s stance on housing and land use legislation; and potentially to create agency for the Chapter to assist the legislative process. The current effort is to learn how the legislation and its implementation are affecting professionals and their workplaces statewide.

Listening sessions on Providing Homes for People

In an effort to address California’s tremendous housing crisis and the effects of historically low housing production and continuing high housing demand, California’s political response over the last several years has been to enact numerous bills. These include SB 35, SB 330, AB 2162, SB 8, SB 9, SB 10, and increasing opportunities for ADUs. In general, the legislation has required local agencies to alter their traditional processes and discretionary project review for single-family zoning and environmental review, potentially decreasing development fees. While these bills work toward addressing supply and fast-tracking housing (especially those projects with affordable components), they do not sufficiently address (except through longer-term supply pipelines) concerns about housing affordability and security, gentrification and displacement, and equitable community benefits. In addition, entrenched bureaucratic and political perspectives continue to challenge affordable housing development, not to mention market speculation.

California’s planners are at the center of ensuring that implementing these bills will deliver real results, even in the face of local political opposition to the changes in process dictated by state mandates. This presents a challenge to and an opportunity for California’s planners to help rethink local government systems and processes in light of the state’s tremendous need for affordable housing, but it has come at a cost for practicing planners.

CPR’s series of listening sessions is designed to ask, and to learn from, planners throughout California about how these pieces of legislation are affecting them, their workplaces, and their concerns and hopes as we implement these bills.

The Roundtable and Cal Chapter hope to ask:

  1. As a planner, how do you feel about the fact that the state is in a housing crisis? As leaders in land use, what can APA California do to support you in addressing this crisis?
  2. How has the new state housing legislation affected your workplace and the agencies you staff?
  3. What challenges do you face, and what opportunities do you see in your professional work when you try to address housing and equity issues?
  4. How can we as planners ensure that this new legislation will prevent displacement to the extent possible and will be implemented in a way that directly advances APA’s goals for affordability and equity, while also improving infrastructure and sustainability?
  5. How can the planning profession learn and respond in a way that highlights our relevance and ability to solve local, regional, and statewide land use and housing problems?  

In order to broadly identify the opportunities and challenges in implementing the last several years of housing and land use bills, the California Planning Roundtable is co-sponsoring this effort with APA California and each of its local sections to collect, synthesize, and distribute the comments received during the listening sessions. The Roundtable will then work with APA California leadership to look at ways to use the information in both legislation and implementation.

Proposed agenda for the listening sessions

The following is a proposed agenda for each Section to follow. Remember that the point of these sessions is specifically to solicit planners’ thoughts and in a consistent approach across all sections. We anticipate sessions lasting two hours. The comments should be recorded and consolidated by the hosts and shared after the meetings.

  1. Introduction of topic and facilitators. Discuss intent to share at conference. 15 minutes.
  2. Overview of legislation (“Lite.” This is not a presentation of or on the legislation, rather we are soliciting attitudes about the legislation). Create presentation handout for this. 20 minutes.
  3. Facilitated discussion to go through the questions one at a time. Let silence fall if needed. Don’t fill in blanks. Let folks think. If a section has a large number of participants (more than 10-15), break into discussion “rooms” to report back to the whole group. Allow 20 minutes for the first two questions, then report back to the group. Allow 15 minutes for the second set of questions, then report back. Keep 10 minutes solely for the last question, then report back. 75 minutes total.
  4. Any last remarks and questions can be sent via email. Thank you and adjourn.

Contact

Interested Northern Section planners should contact Director-elect Michael Cass. General questions should be directed to Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP.

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IN MEMORIAM: Christopher Alexander, 85

IN MEMORIAM: Christopher Alexander, 85

Sourced from various media as noted

“Christopher Alexander, the Viennese-born professor, architect, and theorist who believed that ordinary people, not just trained architects, should have a hand in designing their houses, neighborhoods, and cities, and proposed a method for doing so in writing that could be poetically erudite, frustratingly abstract, and breathtakingly simple, died [of pneumonia after a long illness] on March 17 at his home in Sussex, England. He was 85.” (Penelope Green, The New York Times)

“His father, Ferdinand Johann Alfred Alexander, was Catholic, and his mother, Lilly Edith Elizabeth (Deutsch) Alexander was Jewish. As a young child, Alexander emigrated in fall 1938 with his parents from Austria to England, when his parents were forced to flee the Nazi regime.” (Wikipedia)

“Chris’s father told him that if he wanted to study architecture, he first needed to study something more intellectually rigorous. So he took [a master’s] in mathematics and [bachelor’s in] architecture at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1958 went to Harvard University, where he took the first PhD in architecture awarded there. In 1963 he was appointed to the architecture faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, [a position he held until 1998,] and remained there until returning to Britain early in the new century.” (Howard Davis, The Guardian.)

“[Alexander was] a towering figure in architecture and urbanism — one of the biggest influences on the New Urbanism movement … He was the author or principal author of many books, including A Pattern Language, one of the best-selling architectural books of all time. He is considered to be the father of the pattern language movement in software, which is the idea behind Wikipedia. In 2006, he was one of the first two recipients … of CNU’s Athena Medal, which honors those who laid the groundwork for The New Urbanism movement.” (Robert Steuteville, Public Square)

“Like the urbanists Jane Jacobs and William H. Whyte, Mr. Alexander encouraged city planners to think in human — and humane — terms, giving rise to the New Urbanists, who designed communities based on his principles: walkable neighborhoods, houses with front porches to encourage socializing, and lots of green space.” (Penelope Green, The New York Times)

“Witold Rybczynski, the author, architect, and professor emeritus of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, … recalled being struck by Mr. Alexander during their first encounter: ‘I finally met him in 1994, when he won the Seaside Prize’ — an award given by the New Urbanist community in Florida — ‘and he said something I’ve never forgotten: “Everything we see in our surroundings raises our spirits a bit or lowers them a bit.” ’ ” (Penelope Green, The New York Times)

“A 1969 housing project in the barrios of Lima, the capital of Peru, began with his team living for five weeks with different families on-site, observing the details of daily life, to develop what he called a ‘pattern language’ of 67 principles that formed the basis for the design.” (Howard Davis, The Guardian.)

“His approach provided the basis of an architecture bestseller, A Pattern Language (1977). Each of 253 ‘patterns,’ with its own number, describes a helpful relationship between parts of the environment and consists of a title — such as Public Outdoor Room, South Facing Outdoors, or Windows Overlooking Life — explanatory text, diagrams, and photographs. The patterns are linked to each other in a network structure, which gave the book an appeal to the software developers among its general readership.” (Howard Davis, The Guardian.)

“More and larger projects followed — [a community health center in Modesto, California,] a marketplace and a shelter for homeless people in San Jose, California (1990), the West Dean visitors’ center in West Sussex (1994-96), an apartment building in Tokyo (1988), a series of houses in California and Washington state, and many others.” (Howard Davis, The Guardian.)

“To many architects and faculty colleagues at Berkeley, Chris violated the conventional wisdom that beauty is subjective and to talk about it is overly sentimental. Working with him was not always easy, but the fact that everyone’s comments were always taken seriously helped make the effort worthwhile. Chris realized that the smallest hint of unease about an idea might be the sign of something important.” (Howard Davis, The Guardian.)

“The office that he founded in 1967, the Center for Environmental Structure, was always small, with a half dozen or so people. Projects were taken up for the opportunity to experiment and advance the theoretical work rather than to maintain cash flow. Chris saw his most important role as that of a writer, and — in an age of upheaval — his ideas of simple beauty and the need to support the basic humanity of people may become even more influential.” (Howard Davis, The Guardian.)

“Alexander was elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996, is a fellow of the Swedish Royal Society and has been the recipient of innumerable architectural prizes and honors, including the gold medal for research of the American Institute of Architects, awarded in 1970.” (College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.)

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About Northern News

About Northern News

The American Planning Association, California Chapter – Northern, offers membership to city and regional planners and associated professionals primarily living or working in California, from and through Monterey County to the Oregon border, including the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Lake and San Benito Counties. APA California Northern promotes planning-related continuing education and social functions in order to:

  • Provide a forum for communication and exchange of information about planning-related activities;

  • Raise member awareness and involvement in APA affairs;

  • Increase public awareness of the importance of planning;

  • Encourage professionalism in the conduct of its members; and

  • Foster a sense of community among the members.

APA California Northern publishes Northern News 10 times each year for the exchange of planning ideas and information. Current and back issues are available for download here. Entirely the effort of volunteers, the News is written and produced by and for urban planners in northern California. Circulation: 6,700. “Opens” per issue: 2,500+.

To update your email address or other information, go to planning.org/myapa/ and log in.

Northern News welcomes comments. Go here to contact the editors. Letters to the editor require the author’s first and last name, home or work street address and phone number (neither of which will be published), and professional affiliation or title (which will be published only with the author’s permission). All letters are subject to editing. Letters over 250 words are not considered.

Deadlines for submitting materials for inclusion in Northern News range from the 10th to the 23rd of the month prior to publication.

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Call for Session Proposals, APA California Conference, extended two weeks

Call for Session Proposals, APA California Conference, extended two weeks

The Conference Host Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a session at this year’s event in Anaheim. This will be the first in-person conference in three years, and will surely be an engaging program of sessions and activities. Now is your opportunity to contribute to making that happen. To find out more about the proposal process, visit the conference website.

When you are ready to submit a proposal, click here.

The deadline to submit proposals HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2022, so you have two more weekends to prepare proposals! If you have any questions about the process, please email Sessions2022@apacalifornia.org.

The APA California 2022 Conference Programs Committee looks forward to receiving your proposal and then seeing you (in person) in Anaheim!

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NPC 2022 is around the corner

NPC 2022 is around the corner

It has been almost three years since the last in-person National Planning Conference. In that time, planning has changed … and so has NPC. This year, NPC is in San Diego, April 30–May 3. That gives you the chance to better explore a vibrant city you may already know while immersing yourself in sunshine and inspiration. And you can reconnect with your colleagues while making new professional connections.

If you’re unable or unwilling to travel, you can still join NPC22 online May 18–20 for a robust virtual event that offers its own unique program, with energizing speakers, forward-looking sessions, and chances to connect with your friends and peers. And you’ll still get a bit of San Diego flavor!

Either way, all the information you need is here. 

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