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Turning the Tide: What the Bay Area Can Learn from San Francisco
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When: Wednesday, January 31, 2017
3:50 - 6:30 PM
Where: United States

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Join Metropolis' Susan S. Szenasy and Perkins+Will for a Think Tank discussion in San Francisco.

With its booming tech sector and a shrinking unemployment rate, for many, San Francisco is a city rife with opportunity. But other trends, like the lack of affordable housing, increasing traffic congestion, and stagnating economic and social mobility put the city’s allure in perspective. The complex issues the region faces, challenge urban planners to adopt a holistic approach that examines how we live, work, commute, and learn with inherent opportunities and trade-offs. Drawing from a diverse range of expertise, the panel will discuss how design can intervene in ways that are significant and equitable.

1.5 AIA CEU HSW credits available



Event Timing

  • Registration: 3:50pm
  • Discussion: 4:00pm
  • Q&A with Audience: 5:00pm
  • Networking/reception: 5:45pm


The Metropolis Think Tank is a continuing education program (AIA CEU HSW accredited) that travels to leading architecture and design firms in key markets throughout North America. Our Think Tank challenges architects, interior designers, manufacturers, experts in design to examine the strengths and weaknesses of current design- thinking and building within the areas of Education, Workplace, Wellness, Hospitality and Urban Design/Mixed-Use. Resulting intelligence is shared across Metropolis’s media channels in book, online and with all of our participating partners.

Metropolis Director of Design Innovation, Susan S. Szenasy, known for her provocative but supportive moderating style, will lead conversations, focusing on the human factor: In search of human and earth centered design while looking at the collaborative opportunities between manufacturers, architects, designers, industry experts, clients and thought-leaders.