On September 12, we welcomed developer Paul Paradis and architects Fred Clarke and Marilyn Jordan Taylor for cocktails and conversation about building a new transit district in San Francisco.

The Loma Prieta earthquake that struck in 1989 created an opportunity to rethink San Francisco’s South of Market district. Three decades later, a new multimodal transit hub and commercial district is taking shape. The Transbay Terminal, considered the “Grand Central of the West,” will eventually accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday with high-speed rail and new regional rail links.

The terminal is made possible through the broader development of the Transbay District, led by master developers Hines and Boston Properties. The neighborhood will eventually house over 6 million sf of office space, 3,300 market-rate and 1,200 affordable units, and 11 acres of new open space including an elevated park designed by PWP Landscape Architecture.

How can cities leverage private development to build and maintain new public space and transit? And how can we ensure healthy density with the right distribution of community infrastructure?


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Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Attendance is exclusively available to Fellows of the Forum. Learn more about becoming a Fellow.


Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of Kohn Pedersen Fox, Rose Associates, Related Companies and our Director’s Circle.

Shape our year-long inquiry by becoming a program sponsor and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers on the future of neighborhood development.

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About Private Development, Public Good ↓

This event is the second of our Private Development & Public Good program, a conversation series with civic leaders from New York’s peer cities. On its 40th anniversary, the Urban Design Forum launched its new Global Exchange program, to foster dialogue between New York and its peer cities as they pioneer new approaches to housing, infrastructure and open space.


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Pelli Clark Pelli Architects