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BLOG: The Medellin Model

BLOG: From the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, Amit C. Price Patel reports on the city's bold urban innovations.

Impressions from the World Urban Forum

300 Ivy Street
This mixed-use design brings brings new apartments, townhouses, and shops within steps of Hayes Valley's main drag.

New apartments and townhouses topped with city views from an expansive rooftop deck, just off the main drag of Hayes Valley.

350 Friedell Family Apartments
Sustainable, affordable housing for the people of Hunters Point.

Block 49 will be the first 100% affordable housing development in this new San Francisco neighborhood.

BLOG: Focus on the First 20 Feet

Amanda Loper and David Baker, featured in SPUR's June Urbanist.

DBA's work and thoughts on designing at ground level appear throughout this month's SPUR Urbanist—including the cover!

Lakeside Senior Housing
Green senior housing on Lake Merritt in Oakland.

Now under construction.

Bayview Hill Gardens
This green, affordable building brings supportive housing and garden space for formerly homeless individuals and families in the Bayview.

Formerly homeless families are now in residence.

This green affordable building will serve as a catalyst development for the West Sacramento Triangle District.

Now under construction.

Richardson Apartments
Green, supportive studio apartments, medical clinic, and neighborhood-serving retail in Hayes Valley.

120 green supportive studios for 120 formerly homeless folks


What They Say

NPH honored David Baker Architects for 35 years of design leadership in affordable housing.

What We Say

BLOG: From the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, Amit C. Price Patel reports on the city's bold urban…


Video: Local Cache for a ResilientSF

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ”


Theodore Roosevelt