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 committed to making inclusive cities of opportunity and human connection. Over the course of his career, Amit has worked on projects at many scales, including several award-winning mixed-use infill urban buildings, and neighborhood master plans. At SITELAB urban studio, Amit has worked on planning, urban design, and placemaking projects for public agencies, developers, and cultural institutions. Prior to joining SITELAB, Amit was a Principal and Urban Design Lead at David Baker Architects where he led a 400-unit master planning effort for the Asheville Housing Authority, as well as a multi-disciplinary development feasibility study for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. He also designed many affordable housing projects for chronically homeless individuals and families, as well as low-income seniors. Amit has also worked at firms in the Bay Area, Boston, St. Louis and Johannesburg on project types ranging from the Oakland Pedestrian Master Plan; to a campus dining hall and dormitory; to a high density mixed-use freeway air rights redevelopment project in Boston. Amit has won or been on the winning teams for several international design competitions and has served on the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute.
, PYATOK architecture + urban design
, CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, PLANNING DEPT
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerWith thirteen years of combined professional, research and teaching experience, Allison’s work focuses on the design of complex, mixed-use, transit-oriented development projects in urban centers worldwide. Allison's expertise as an interdisciplinary practioner in both the private and public sectors is driven by the challenge of reinventing the world’s cities to be smarter, more livable and more vibrant. As Staff Architect for the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department, Allison draws on global insight, creative problem-solving, and collaborative thinking to address the challenges of the San Francisco Bay Area. Allison’s recent projects include the India Basin Design Standards and Guidelines, the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan, the UC Merced 2020 Project, and the Hunters Point Shipyard, among others. 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. 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.