Calling all community instigators, space makers and design enthusiasts. Do you have something to share? Speak up. A dissenting viewpoint? Bring it on. We’re all about the collision of new concepts and the cross-pollination of ideas.

About Context

Context is an annual forum created by SDAF with a commitment to keeping the conversation alive about the value of excellence in the built environment. People, Places, Engage!

As San Diegans, we all have a responsibility to engage on how we shape our city’s development. Context is an opportunity for San Diegans to discover their civic pride and engage with like minded citizens to foster a better San Diego. Celebrate our achievements! Look to the future!

Each year SDAF and our collaborators will examine the past, present and future of our city to bring about increased public awareness of the opportunities that exist and document a collective call to action.


Context Vol.4 | Neighborhoods 2027

Are you as concerned about the future of housing and the vitality of our neighborhoods as we are?

To become a leader in that conversation, we ask you to become a sponsor of the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF) Context Volume 4: Neighborhoods 2027 (CV4). CV4 aims to change the public perception about new development in existing and new communities and to humanize the problems that opposition to development causes. The program will emphasize homes rather than housing units, jobs rather than companies, and community rather than separatism.

The CV4 program contains three key elements. The first, to launch in March 2017, will be a one-of-a-kind, countywide survey on neighborhoods and housing generated and analyzed by University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design. Through this survey and its analysis, the community and industry will gain valuable data on what is important to San Diegans with respect to lifestyle, livability, education, and employment in the context of current and future neighborhood structure.

In June 2017 CV4 will host a conference to present the survey data and demonstrate how well-designed, denser neighborhoods can improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. It will also provide a forum at which interested parties—developers, designers, academics, planners, residents—can come together, engage in useful dialog, and share success stories from other cities that could work in our neighborhoods.

Then in September 2017, the CV4 program will ask local schools of architecture and design to offer a “future livable neighborhoods” design studio in the Fall 2017 semester utilizing the survey data, with a special exhibit of their projects to follow in early 2018.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Download the Context Vol.4 Sponsorship Kit (PDF) for more information.


Previous Events

Context Volume 3 | Day on the Bay | Info Expo, Reception + Forum



Context Volume 2 | What’s the big IDEA? | Exploring Upper East Village




Context Volume 1 | San Diego Central Library | Celebrating Civic Courage


  • Context as a program provides the much needed open dialog about design in our city.

    Stacey Lankford Pennignton
    Urban Planner
    Makers Quarter

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