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

April 9, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The 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 Global Site Plans - The 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 Global Site Plans - The 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 Global Site Plans - The 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 Global Site Plans - The 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]

Q&A with Keith Tanner: The Debate Over Affordable Housing and Urban Farming in San Francisco

November 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

San Francisco broke new ground this past July by becoming the first California city to allow for tax incentives on land used for urban farming. The city’s Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance piggybacks on California State Assembly Bill 551, which permits state municipalities to create the zones.[read more]

Golden Gate Bridge Bike/Pedestrian Toll Moves Forward

November 2, 2014 by David Edmondson

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District has decided to push forward with studying the cycling and walking toll on the bridge. The vote was very close, 10-9 in favor. All but one of San Francisco’s representatives, John Moylan, voted against studying the toll.[read more]

San Francisco's Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Zero-Waste Goals

San Francisco recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated a zero-waste program. They have already set an example for cities across the nation by eliminating waste by 80%, but the goal is still 100% by the year 2020.[read more]