Public Programs

Endangered Spaces: San Francisco

Presented by The New York Times & YBCA   |  

November 7, 2019

Join The New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and blink!LAB design principal and YBCA 100 honoree June Grant in a conversation inspired by The New York Times’ ongoing feature “Endangered Spaces” about threatened places and the people who care for them. Moderated by The New York Times San Francisco Bureau Chief Thomas Fuller, Kimmelman and Grant address the politics of public space and how it has affected the city of San Francisco.


6:30 PM  Doors Open; Cash Bar in Forum*
7:30 PM  Bar Close; Conversation Begins

*Complimentary drink with ticket purchase

About Michael Kimmelman

Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic of The New York Times. His work has often focused on urban affairs, public space, infrastructure and social equity as well as on new buildings and designs. He was the paper’s chief art critic; and, based in Berlin, created the Abroad column, covering cultural and political affairs across Europe and the Middle East. Kimmelman has twice been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, most recently in 2018 for his series on climate change and global cities. 

About June Grant

June Grant’s research-based design studio in Oakland, blink!LAB, creates environments that respect cultural aspirations, are environmentally responsible, integrate emerging technologies, educate local populations, and affirm the latent spirit of underrepresented people. Thirty percent of the studio’s projects are long-term build initiatives supporting neighborhood regeneration. Grant is the current president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.

About Thomas Fuller

Thomas Fuller is the San Francisco bureau chief for The New York Times. He spent the two previous decades in postings abroad for The Times and The International Herald Tribune in Europe and most recently in Southeast Asia.

He covered military coups in Thailand, the demise of dictatorship in Myanmar and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s transition from political prisoner to politician, the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, the expansion of the European Union into Eastern Europe, rioting in French cities, the Iraq War, the Arab Spring, the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, choking forest fires in Borneo and the legacy of war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

He began his career in the Paris newsroom of The International Herald Tribune and has been based in Kuala Lumpur, Brussels, Paris and most recently in Bangkok.

The New York Times and YBCA have partnered to create conversations that connect its subscribers and members to artists, activists, and journalists focused on addressing the most pressing issues of our time. Together we bring those truths to light on stage through a dynamic series of talks and panels offering diverse perspectives about ideas and cultural shifts shaping our world today.