Design for Density
You'll learn about:
Common public sensitivities to higher density development as well as potential reasons to promote such development in a community
How to recognize the density thresholds needed to support key amenities and frequent transit service and confront the issues of critical mass
Key factors that differentiate “good density” from “bad density”
Design techniques to shape development density in a way that advances community goals and aspirations
Density has emerged as a critical planning tool as city planners worldwide advance development models to spur economic growth, fund infrastructure enhancements, improve quality of life, and restore environmental integrity. Yet local communities are often (and rightly) wary of development intensification —for many, the very word “density” conveys connotations of “Manhattanization.”
Listen to the perspectives of a physical planner, an urban designer, and two architects on incorporating advanced design methodologies in everyday practice—and learn specific design techniques and strategies to achieve dense development that advances community goals and aspirations like affordability, livability, health, and community benefit.
You will hear about case studies from the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere will demonstrate how trends in mixed-use, multi-family, transit-oriented neighborhood development are shaping more sustainable, livable, and inclusive communities. You will gain a better understanding of the key factors that differentiate “good density” from “bad density” as well as thresholds necessary to support amenities and services. And you will discover strategies to focus development conversations on community needs and benefits—and develop means of framing the discussion to build consensus for action.
, Heller Manus Architects
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerNathan Nagai is a Project Architect with over sixteen years of experience, specializing in mixed-use high rise construction. He is currently Heller Manus Architects’ Project Architect and team lead for Oceanwide Center, a 2.4 million square foot mixed-use development in downtown San Francisco, a project in collaboration with Foster + Partners. Nathan has previously worked for Santiago Calatrava and Moshe Safdie.
Amit Price Patel
, SITELAB Urban Studio
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerAmit Price Patel is an architect, planner, and urban designer committed to making inclusive cities of opportunity and human connection. As Principal at SITELAB urban studio, Amit is working on several mixed-use urban infill projects, and neighborhood master plans. Recent projects include the Pier 70 redevelopment, adaptive reuse studies for the Port of San Francisco, and a public lands for affordable housing study for the SFMTA. Prior to joining SITELAB, Amit was a Principal and Urban Design Lead at David Baker Architects where he worked on market rate housing projects, as well as affordable housing projects for low-income individuals, families, and seniors. Amit has won or been on the winning teams for several international design competitions including the Miami Waterfront design competition, Octavia Boulevard Housing competition, and for the Red Location Apartheid Museum in South Africa. Amit earned his Masters of City Planning and Architecture degrees at University of California, Berkeley.
, PYATOK Architecture + Urban Design
Confirmed SpeakerAs a Principal at PYATOK, Adrianne brings more than 15 years of experience to student and multifamily residential developments, having led several large urban housing projects in San Francisco and Oakland. Adrianne believes that good design is for everyone and chose a path in housing as an opportunity to improve lives. By designing and building affordable, and quality housing, Adrianne believes that we, as architects, can provide individuals with the necessary security to focus on the other important aspects of their lives: family, education, health, work, and community. Adrianne is a highly-engaged member of the profession. She currently serves on AIA San Francisco’s Board of Directors as Secretary and is an active member of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s Regulatory Committee. She is an alumna of Leadership San Francisco and has served on juries for the ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award, the Bank of America Low-Income Housing Challenge and AIA Minnesota’s Affordable Housing Design Awards. Adrianne has presented about housing matters at APA National Conferences and throughout the Bay Area including at SPUR, AIASF, and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. Adrianne is a licensed architect in California and Oregon, a LEED Accredited Professional in BD+C and Homes, and holds a Master of Architecture, with a minor in Film Studies, from Tulane University. In 2015, the American Institute of Architects recognized Adrianne as one of its Young Architects of the Year.
, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerAllison Albericci is an Associate with the City Design Practice in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, where her recent projects include India Basin, the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan, and the Alameda Point Town Center, among others. With over a decade of professional, research and teaching experience, Allison’s work focuses on the design of complex, mixed-use, hybrid, campus, and transit-oriented development projects in urban centers worldwide. A passionate proponent of sustainable urbanism, she brings an integrated and holistic approach to optimizing performance at all scales. Allison earned Masters Degrees in Architecture Studies and in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she helped teach multiple courses on Urban Design and Planning, and guest-lectured on the subject of sustainable urbanism. Allison also holds a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University, and a Post-graduate Diploma of Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University. Allison is a registered Architect, a certified Planner, and a LEED Accredited Professional.