Architecture for Humanity - SF
Tuesday, June 01, 2004

'Mission Movie'

"It started with a $35,000 grant awarded to Swenson, 44, a longtime Mission media artist and activist, for a community project. She convened a group of seven activists and artists to forge a plan to portray the creativity, culture clashes and housing crunches in the 2-square-mile neighborhood. Then they took their plan to the community." SFGate Review

Community celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday June 4th at Mission Village, 2949 18th St. between Alabama and Florida streets, San Francisco. The event includes music, speeches by Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Matt Gonzalez and a free screening of the movie. For information, call (415) 364-3082.

333: Architecture Summer Studio - 3 critics for 3 projects in 3 weeks
6/7/04 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
| more info.

Instructors: Lisa Iwamoto, Craig Scott, Enrique Norten, Nader Tehrani

Bike Plan 2004 Policy Framework Review -- Special Meeting
Tue., Jun. 8 | 5:30pm Park Branch Library, downstairs meeting room 1833 Page Street (at Shrader)

The SF Bicycle Advisory Committee is hosting a special public forum for SF residents to review and comment on the Draft Policy Framework of the SF Bicycle Plan 2004, including issues of enforcement, parking, education, planning policies, design guidelines, transit and bridge access, and bicycle promotion. Copies of the Draft Policy Framework will be available at the two libraries, as well as downloadable files (in Acrobat PDF format) at http://sfgov.org/bac by Friday afternoon.

Surplus Property Community Party
Wednesday June 9 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the St. Boniface Church, 175 Golden Gate Ave. (between Leav. & Jones)

To discuss how to set up a Citezen’s Advisory Committee and how to begin developing properties that have been set aside. For more info: SFOP 415.452.3700 or Right2Aroof 415.346.3740

Bike Tour of SOMA Affordable Housing Developments
Fri., Jun. 11 | 11am, Meet at Justin Herman Plaza fountain*

As part of Affordable Housing Week, architect David Baker, SFBC and the Council of Community Housing Organizations will lead a tour of South of Market affordable housing developments. The tour will include a full tour of the Baker designed 8th + Howard Apartments (1066 Howard Street). For more information, please contact Jerry Jai - (415) 358-3956.

Matt Gonzalez and the Green Party Housing and Land Use Working Group Party
Saturday, June 12th at 848 Community Space, 848 Divisadero, near Fulton St., from 8:00 to 11:30 pm.
Read Full Invitation here.

Exhibit: SF3: Architecture for High-Density Living
6/17/04 5:30 PM - AIA SF Gallery - 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600

Please join us for the book launch and exhibit of SF3: Architecture for High-Density Living explores the potential benefits of high-density development through eight innovative projects, using San Francisco as a testing ground. The work stems from a unique collaboration between the architecture program at California College of the Arts (CCA) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in an experimental design studio. It builds on SOM’s commissioned study of the Transbay Redevelopment Project Area to propose provocative alternatives to current building practice.


Jonathan Glancey visits Holland's floating homes

"It makes you think of the flood in the book of Genesis, of Noah and his ark. Should that flood ever return, Maasbommel's citizens are prepared. Or at least, a few dozen of them are. In this riverside village, some 60 miles from Amsterdam, 37 amphibious houses have been built, or are under construction, on the wrong side of the dyke. Should the waters rise, these cheerful clapboard houses will rise too, up to 12 ft, to keep their occupants and their possessions dry. When the floods abate, they will sink slowly back to their original position." More Reading with images:

worldchanging.com is an interesting blog with this section on shelter.
This is a good Introduction To Community Design Centers
The Lo-Tek Container
The Modular Glidehouse Crew
The Polycarbonate House of Japan
PARASITE MANIFESTO - For Temporary Architecture and Flexible Urbanism


On the Front Line – A Case Manager’s Perspective, Michael Gause 25.MAY.04(Ed.

Note: This is the first of a regular series on the inner workings of “supportive housing,” the chief strategy used by San Francisco and other cities to reduce homelessness)

Public Homeless Council meeting | Review

"And therein lay the whole point of Alioto's meeting, which was the first of two sessions to give the public an opportunity to give comments to the 10- Year Planning Council that she is leading at the direction of Mayor Gavin Newsom. The homeless may not always immediately want what is being offered to them, she said, but if you keep talking, you can figure out what they need.

"We know what works -- it's giving people a real place to live right away, and once they're inside, you deal with whatever other problems they have, " she told The Chronicle. "It's that simple."

That seemed to also be the thrust of those who came to address the meeting, which lasted all afternoon and continues today at noon. Social workers and doctors told the council they would like to see more services aimed at helping the homeless move indoors, but that task may be made more difficult with city's budgetary problems. "

Anti-Panhandling took effect on 05.25
This is the site for the Mayor’s Office on Homelessness if you have questions.

And Chance Martin tells a crazy story recently in the Sentinel:
Misadventures of an Accidental Psychiatric Tourist just as we are making Cuts to Our Med Health Providers.

A SHELTER IS NOT A HOME ... OR IS IT?: | Lessons in Family Homelessness in New York City
-- New Book Provides Pioneering Approach in Solving Homelessness --

Check out Slum Dwellers International for progress and empowerment on a global scale. Or even these ROUNDHOUSES in Brittain, which at least drew the attention to peoples' ability to provide for themselves. Though Toronto stays committed to the notion of providing Sound Architecture over Shelters as real solutions for the homeless.


S.F. Housing Battles May See a Truce
Failed ballot measure and woeful lack of homes nudge foes closer
By Herbert A. Sample -- Bee San Francisco Bureau

Why the Public Favors Affordable Housing
Affordable Project through University Collaboration
Secondary Units / Funding Affordability
The Sacto Bill on secondary units

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