x = independently organized TED event

Theme: A day of urban inspiration

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Diego, CA
United States

This year, for the first time ever, the TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea on which our planet’s future depends: the City 2.0.

For one day only, the TEDx platform will harness the power of people across the globe to encourage them to host a TEDx event themed “City 2.0″ event at their favorite local spots, featuring the brightest local minds and biggest hearts. In unison, we’ll share the stories of our beloved homes: where are the bright spots? The creative adaptations? The transformative responses to injustice? Who is asking the most pressing questions? Pioneering the most complex solutions? Speakers can focus on themes including culture, transportation, education, sanitation, recreation – all elements whose presence will dictate the success of our future cities.

In addition, as part of this global collaboration, we are piloting Action pitch sessions during our TEDxCity2.0 day event -- giving innovators the opportunity to pitch ideas for urban transformation that will inspire their local community and the global TEDx network in the process. We are offering up to five members of our community the chance to propose projects around the theme of “City 2.0”.

These pitch sessions will be rapid and energetic, giving each participant two minutes to get the crowd excited about their idea. Everyone who attends will vote to have the winning project adopted and realized by our community. The unfolding story of our City 2.0 Actions will be documented on website, allowing those in the global TEDx and urban advocacy communities to learn from one another.

The best City 2.0 Actions will be creative, communal and contextualized. They should build on the best of what our city has to offer and meet the most frustrating of its challenges. Importantly, it should blend idealism with pragmatism: What can you and your community do, realistically, in a short amount of time to make the biggest improvement on your local urban experience?

Projects should fall within the current City 2.0 themes: education, housing, art, public space, food, transportation, play, safety and health.

If you are interested in submitting an Action, please fill out a form. We will read all the submissions and select five finalists to present to our community on October 13th. The five finalists will be featured on this website, so that our community can learn more about their plans.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design
1249 F Street
San Diego, CA, 92101
United States
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Samantha Ollinger

Executive Director of Bike San Diego.... Samantha Ollinger is the Executive Director of Bike San Diego[], a city-based bike advocacy group that is specifically engaged with the political process. The organization works to engage San Diegans around a very humble, elegant and efficient machine: the bicycle. With Bike San Diego’s efforts, San Diego is gearing up to become the world’s best city for bicycling. Ollinger founded Bike San Diego as a non-profit to set the terms of what bicycle advocacy means in the new millennium. The focus of her talk will be about how the human design of our current urban environment has affected human psyche negatively and our lack of attention to phenomenology in designing our transportation network has caused all sorts of preventable problems. The bicycle is the magic elixir that will inject life back into our cities.

Alan Hoffman

President of The Mission Group.... An internationally known expert on the development of effective regional transit systems and strategies.

James Brown

Principal, Public Architecture + Planning .... What the city will look like when we take back the freeways - completely! Only leaving a transit corridor and knitting back together some of our former bisected communities.

Frank Wolden

Frank Wolden’s creative view of the city has led to his reputation as an artist and urban philosopher. In addition to his creative work in Urban Design and Architecture. He is often asked to develop and illustrate visionary concepts that guide the application of planning and design principles for new projects. Mr. Wolden is the founding Principal of he newly formed Skyport Studio. Prior to forming Skyport Studio he served for 16 years as Design Principal for Carrier Johnson Architects. Early in his career he held key positions in a number of public and private organizations, including the City of San Diego, CCDC, the Jerde Partnership in Los Angeles and founded the firm City Design, specializing in urban retail concepts. Mr. Wolden is also an adjunct professor at the New School of Architecture and Design, and a frequent lecturer on the subject of urban architecture and planning. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Wolden has led the design of major urban projects in the United States and abroad. The uniqueness of his approach comes in providing a conceptual foundation and design process for projects that creatively engage architecture in the making of new urban spaces. Mr. Wolden received his Master of Fine Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Urban Design, a member of the National GSA Design Excellence Peer program, and serves on the Urban Land Institute Executive Advisory Committee. He has served on the AIA National Committee for urban design and regional planning and has an extensive history of involvement in local AIA where he received the prestigious John Nolen Award for Planning Urban Design.

Mark Steele

President, MW Steele Group.... "San Diego is one of the only cities in America large or small, that does not have a public market place presenting the foods and crafts of the region. Even though our county is home to the largest number of small independently owned and operated small farms in the United States, no governmental or civic organization has provided a public market similar to Pike Place, Granville Island, The Ferry Building, LA Farmers’ Market, Reading Market, Findlay Market, North Market – or hundreds of others we all know about. Such a market serves as a food hub for the farming and protein growers and producers that helps distribute their products to the restaurants and markets throughout the region. It brings fresh, healthy food to our “food deserts” as well as providing opportunities for small business incubation. And besides that, it’s a “native gathering place” enjoyed by all San Diegans." "The San Diego Public Market in Barrio Logan was conceived of and created by two concerned and engaged women, Dale Steele and Catt White as a privately operated public asset for the entire region. This is the story of how this came to pass, where it’s going and how it might be a model for other “interventions” in our city and others."

Howard Blackson

Principal, PlaceMakers.... The role of the public realm, civic spaces and places, in the 21st century city. Howard advocates time-tested planning strategies that are proven to add value to communities — one neighborhood, one block, and one building at a time. He looks beyond conventional short-term horizons, and uses time-proven lessons of urban design to provide needed predictability in the development process.

Kimon Onuma

President, BIMStorm.... Public Collaboration with technology in advancing the (re)development of places and the city. Kimon Onuma, FAIA, has been practicing architecture for three decades; building informed environments, ecosystems and cities. His firm is one of the first to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) on a large scale master planning project nearly two decades ago. His firm’s award winning BIMStorms are cloud-based collaborative tools and processes used for city planning and design to enable real-time collaboration of specialists, architects, planners, programmers and the community. Kimon serves on the Board of Direction for the buildingSMART alliance and is on the American Institute of Architects (AIA)Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community. He will be AIA’s 2013 TAP Chair.

Desmond Wheatley

President, Envision Solar.... The world class opportunities and possibilities of San Diego being the most sustainable city in the world.

Cary Lowe

Land Use & Environmental Attorney, City of San Diego Water Policy Implementation Task Force... Cary Lowe is a land use lawyer, with over 35 years of experience representing developers, builders, public agencies, Indian tribes and non-profit organizations, in connection with a broad range of land use and environmental issues. Mr. Lowe holds a Ph.D. in urban planning and has been admitted to the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has taught courses in law and urban planning at the University of Southern California, UCLA and UC San Diego, and he writes and lectures regularly on land use and environmental issues, including water issues. In addition to his legal practice, he is a credentialed mediator affiliated with the Land Use & Environmental Mediation Group of the National Conflict Resolution Center. Mr. Lowe has served in several appointed government positions, including as Chair of the City of South Pasadena Community Redevelopment Commission, as Chair of the City of San Diego Wetlands Advisory Board, as a Trustee of California Indian Legal Services and as Chair of the San Diego City Council Water Policy Implementation Task Force. Mr. Lowe will speaking on: “Is Growth Over? The Role of Water in the Future of Urban Development in Southern California”

Molly G. Enos

is a licensed architect with international perspective and a unique engagement in contemporary art practice. She has been working on her own as a sole proprietor at ENS_Projects and is a Co-founder and the Executive Director of The Periscope Project, which is a non-profit, cooperative studio and educational space committed to the nexus of art, architecture, and regional urban issues. As such, she progressively serves to compliment the greater public as an avid community member and advocate working to progress experiments in alternative development, public education, and cultural practice towards a viable impact in our shared built environment. The Periscope Project is currently featured in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale at the U.S. Pavilion's Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good.

BongHwan (BH) Kim

The San Diego Foundation has named BongHwan (BH) Kim as its first Vice President/Executive Director for The San Diego Foundation’s Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement (the Center), after an extensive nationwide search. Kim’s appointment comes at the most opportune time for the Center with the release of Our Greater San Diego Vision, the culmination of a massive effort spanning three years to determine the collective hopes, dreams and priorities of San Diegans about the future of the region. Kim has served on a number of federal and local government commissions as well as corporate and foundation advisory boards. He has served as the co-chair of the Black-Korean Alliance during the LA Civil Unrest of 1992, the California Attorney General’s Violence Prevention Policy Council, the National Immigration Forum, and the US Census Bureau. He is currently a Senior Fellow for the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Organizing team


San Diego, CA, United States
  • Jackie Lee
  • Thanasi Glavas
  • Lisa Dewey