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Harvey Milk is a civil rights icon who stood up for inclusiveness and access for all. Now, a design competition seeks to preserve his legacy so that all may be inspired by his example. This program is a partnership of the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter (AIASF), the Center for Architecture + DesignSan Francisco Department of Public WorksSan Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and the San Francisco Art Commission. This partnership is collectively creating change, just like Milk, but the design outcome depends on your thoughtful submissions.

This unique opportunity is bringing the community and partnering organizations together to envision a memorial befitting of Milk, one that will last for generations to come. A design that will serve as a focal and meeting point for the LGBT community, just as Milk brought the LGBT community together 40 years ago.

The Harvey Milk Plaza Competition is open for submissions through May 31, 2017. Visit for more information, or to download the design brief.



The San Mateo County Project Development Unit is issuing a request for Statements of Qualifications for Architectural and Engineering Services for the New Parking Structure #2 at the County Government Center.

SOQ’s due: May 19, 2017, 2:30 pm



Request for Statement of Qualifications (“RFQ”) for Architectural Services for the Visitor Center Renovation & Expansion, Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore, CA

The East Bay Regional Park District (“District”), Design and Construction Department, intends to engage a firm to provide architectural and engineering services. The Design and Construction Department is requesting Statements of Qualifications (“SOQs”) from firms with pertinent expertise and experience in projects similar to that described below. The prime consultant responding to this RFQ is required to be an architectural firm. SOQs are due at the Design and Construction Department office, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605, no later than 3:00 p.m. (local time), Thursday June 15, 2017. SOQs shall be addressed to the attention of Jim Devlin, Project Manager.

The District intends to expand the existing approximately 300 sf visitor center into an adjacent vacant 668 sf space, formerly occupied by a food concessionaire, and renovate the entire building. The building’s existing interior to be completely demolished. The renovation scope will include upgrading the existing exterior envelope and the creation of a new interior.

Interested firms may obtain copies of the RFQ at the following website:

A non-mandatory Pre-SOQ conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Rocky Ridge Visitor Center, Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore, California. Free parking is available in the West Beach parking lot. Inform the ranger at the entry kiosk that you are attending the meeting. The District encourages the participation of Local, Small, Minority, Women, and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise firms.

Questions regarding this RFQ are to be in writing and directed to Jim Devlin, no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 5, 2017. If necessary, responses to questions will be issued via an addendum which will be posted on the District’s online plan room:

The District reserves the right to reject any and all SOQs. The District looks forward to an enthusiastic response to this RFQ.


"For the vast majority of challenges facing growing cities today, a new, yet-to-be-developed technology or innovation is not what we need. We need better politics, a better approach to appreciating triple-bottom-line benefits, and better ways to scale things up. We need implementation."

—Brian Swett, Cities Leader for Arup in the Americas

Arup is pleased to announce the Doggerel 2017 Writing Contest! Participation is open to design professionals, journalists, students, and anyone with an interest in the built environment.

Topic: Describe an undercelebrated idea with great potential to shape better cities.

The grand prize winner will be awarded US$1,000, with up to two runners-up winning US$250 each. Winning submissions will also be published on Doggerel.

Submissions are due June 19.

The jury will comprise three Arup leaders whose work drives the shape and feel of our cities:

  • Francesca Birks – Francesca is Doggerel’s editor in chief and the Foresight, Research & Innovation leader for Arup in the Americas. She is particularly interested in user-centered design and engaging public stakeholders in a collaborative design process.
  • Fiona Cousins – Fiona is an Arup Fellow and a member of the Arup Group Board. She is passionate about both low-energy design and planning sustainable outcomes for organizations, buildings, and communities. She is a coauthor of Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate.
  • Brian Swet – Brian is Cities Leader for Arup in the Americas, working with mayors, city governments, developers, infrastructure owners, and other key urban stakeholders to foster sustainable, thriving, resilient cities.

Please send any questions to with the subject line “Doggerel contest Q&A”. Updates and answers to FAQ will be available here.