This Friday night the Young Urbanists of the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR), are coming to Oakland for a night at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), which nicely coincides with Art Murmur. If you don't know anything about it, SPUR is a good government organization with a strong emphasis on quality urban design. Although primarily San Francisco focused, it seems to me they have been traveling further afield more of late.

And if you don't know much about the OMCA, it was reopened about a year ago after being renovated by local architects Mark Cavagnero Associates. Originally designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, the OMCA was the first commission for the partnership. Kevin Roche won the Pritzker Prize, given yearly to an architect for a significant body of work and one of the profession's highest honors, in 1982. Kevin Roche has gained a renewed interest and following of late for his humanist approach to modernism, as evidenced by the current exhibit Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment, which was recently reviewed at Design Observer.

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