FIELD NOTES

What do we see in the field? Below are a collection of articles, videos, curiosities, and observations of cities and its people.

 

Working on Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs)

Recently, Frank Fuller of Urban Field Studio has become the Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Francisco Council’s (SF) Technical Assistance Panels (TAP) Co-Chair with Kara Gross of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. The program brings together volunteer experts from multi-disciplinary land use and real estate backgrounds to tackle site specific or public policy issues. TAPs offers honest and objective guidance to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

The panels typically bring together a developer, designer, planner, market or financial analyst, and a regulatory expert for a two-day intensive workshop focusing on a specific issue or set of land use questions. Jane Lin participated in a ULI TAP in Dublin on April 17 and 18th, 2018 as an urban designer/planner. Frank also participated in the Brisbane TAP (while part of Field Paoli in 2014 and Beaverton TAP with the Northwest District Council in February 2016.

The Dublin TAP focused near term strategy for strengthening the identity of Dublin’s downtown. Currently, big box retailers and associated large parking fields are the most visible part of the study area. However, the growth of a more dense and urban pattern around the BART Station, on both sides of the street along Dublin Boulevard could form a new identifiable downtown gathering place. Discussion and suggestions resulting from the TAP addressed a possible strategy for untangling the CC&R’s, the location of a temporary placemaking before building a downtown square, and parking.

The Brisbane TAP looked at Crocker Industrial Park and Quarry site to envision long-term land use and design options. Short- mid- and long-term implementation strategies were suggested to improve Crocker Industrial Park and Brisbane Village Shopping Center to make it a more mixed-use and connected place. A 3-minute video was made about the Brisbane TAP.

The Beaverton TAP resulted in recommendations for downtown redevelopment strategies to better connect two centers - Creekside and Old Town - thematically and physically. Specific interventions throughout the area were identified for streets, infill, temporary uses, wayfinding, communications, and clarifying the development process were all put forward to make transit connections and the pedestrian experience a attractive as possible. More about that on our previous post.

TAPs are a compressed version of the development strategy process we often help facilitate. Our advisory services at Urban Field Studio are reflected in TAPs. We work with teams of economists, planners, engineers, and real estate specialists about land use potential and ways to encourage development to fulfill community vision. We enjoy working with local cities and agencies to enhance and re-energize places that need attention.

 The Dublin TAP Panel: (right to left) Christine Firstenberg (Retail Real Estate Resources), Christina Briggs (City of Fremont), Jane Lin (Urban Field Studio), and Ken Lowney (Lowney Architects). Panelists Bob Burke (Chair), Ben Sigman (EPS), and Brook Rae Smith (HOK) not pictured.

The Dublin TAP Panel: (right to left) Christine Firstenberg (Retail Real Estate Resources), Christina Briggs (City of Fremont), Jane Lin (Urban Field Studio), and Ken Lowney (Lowney Architects). Panelists Bob Burke (Chair), Ben Sigman (EPS), and Brook Rae Smith (HOK) not pictured.

Jane Lin