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GOOD Ideas for Cities: In San Francisco, City Officials and Designers Are Like Peas and Carrots GOOD Ideas for Cities: In San Francisco, City Officials and Designers Are Like Peas and Carrots

GOOD Ideas for Cities: In San Francisco, City Officials and Designers Are Like Peas and Carrots

by Chappell Ellison

September 27, 2012

As GOOD Ideas for Cities continues its international quest to encourage and tease out fascinating design solutions to urban problems, the program has established itself as a unique model that initiates viable, meaningful change. For the past three years, the team has worked with a group in San Francisco on three events dubbed GOOD Design. Now that San Francisco-based group headed by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has taken the GOOD Ideas for Cities concept and run with it, producing their own spin on the initiative that goes beyond a single annual event.

On Thursday, September 27, AIA SF will host a public party that closes the Architecture in the City Festival, the largest architecture festival in the U.S. that draws 15,000 people to about 48 events. The design community will present solutions to three of the city's most pressing issues. Citywide wayfinding systems, unsafe public spaces and bicycle safety are all addressed in this round of presentations, which has paired the city's brightest designers with local officials and community leaders. A full-length video of last year's event can be seen here.

Sometimes, the challenge simply presents itself to O'Driscoll, as is the case for a recent challenge on earthquake preparedness. "It came from a public meeting where, when asked how many people have an earthquake preparedness kit, only about 10% of the audience raised their hands." In a city where earthquakes are a very real threat, O'Driscoll new she had to do something. 

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