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Lunch UP, "Seeing Green in San Francisco: City as Resource Frontier."

January 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Lunch UP

Seeing Green in San Francisco: City as Resource Frontier

Presenter: Dr. Sarah Knuth, Postdoc, UM

The early 21st century witnessed a boom in green building in San Francisco and similar cities, as major downtown property owners and investors retrofitted office towers, commissioned green certifications, and, critically, explored how greening might pay. Greening initiatives transcend corporate social responsibility: they represent a new attempt to enclose and speculate upon “green” value within the second nature of cities. However, this unconventional resource discovery requires a highly partial view of buildings’ socio-natural entanglements in and beyond the city. I illuminate these efforts and their obscurities by exploring the experience of an exemplary green building in San Francisco, an office tower that has successively served as a headquarters organizing a vast resource periphery in the American West, a symbol and driver in the transformation of the city’s own second nature, a financial “resource” in its own right, and, most recently, an asset in an emerging global market for green property.

These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship. If you have research you would like to present, or a provocative article you would like to discuss, please speak with Larissa Larsen, David Weinreich, or Carla Kayanan.


January 27, 2016
12:00 pm