ZERO1 Panel Discussion co-presented by SPUR

The City from the Valley

Join us at the closing celebration of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial! Be part of an afternoon of panel discussions re-imagining the idea and the place of Silicon Valley, and then stick around for a celebratory toast to the future!

The City from the Valley: What the Bay Area’s private bus network reveals about the way we work and live - A panel discussion featuring Eric Rodenbeck and Zachary Watson of Stamen Design and Egon Terplan from SPUR.


December 8, 2012 at the ZERO1 Garage

2:00pm-3:00pm: Panel Event: The Future of Silicon Valley, co-presented with Institute for the Future
3:00-3:30pm Coffee and Networking break
3:30pm-4:45pm: Panel event: The City from the Valley, co-presented with SPUR
5:00-7:00pm: ZERO1 Biennial's Toast to the Future!

Fundamental shifts are underway in the relationship between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Historically, workers have lived in residential suburbs while commuting to work in the city. For Silicon Valley, however, the situation is reversed: many of the largest technology companies are based in suburbs. Thus, an alternate transportation network of private buses threads daily through San Francisco, picking up workers at unmarked bus stops, and carrying them via the commuter lanes of the 101 and 280 freeways to and from their tech campuses. What does this flow tell us about Silicon Valley, and the City it feeds? Is San Francisco becoming the new bedroom community for Silicon Valley? What are the effects of this alternate transportation network, and can public mass transit remain flexible enough to fulfill changing transportation and commuting needs?

Join us as a panel of artists, activists, and transportation professionals discuss the future of transportation in Silicon Valley. Limited Seating RSVP today!

This panel grew out of the project The City from the Valley, a research project by Stamen Design that visualizes the growing phenomenon of private buses transporting workers between San Francisco and Silicon Valley that is currently on view as part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial’s hub exhibition, Seeking Silicon Valley.

**Please Join us in toasting ZERO1's future at a reception following the panel events**


This Panel is co-presented with SPUR

Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SPUR's history dates back to 1910, when a group of young city leaders came together to improve the quality of housing after the 1906 earthquake and fire. That group, the San Francisco Housing Association, authored a hard-hitting report which led to the State Tenement House Act of 1911.

In May 2009, the opening of the 14,500 square-foot SPUR Urban Center opened a major new chapter in the life of the organization and in civic planning in San Francisco. Located in the heart of the Yerba Buena cultural district, the Urban Center provides a common ground for citizens to come together in fruitful, forward-thinking conversation.

In a city dominated by single-interest politics, SPUR plays the crucial role of uniting citizens to jointly craft solutions to our common problems.