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Thursday, September 27, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600

Please join us for a thrilling evening with San Francisco’s best local design thinkers, civic leaders and community members for design charrette collaborations, brainstorm sessions and deep conversations. Pizza, beer and camaraderie will keep us fueled. Participants will break into small groups to speculate on future conditions of our City by the Bay, including technology, transportation, economy, ecological systems, land use, resource allocation, universal design, social connections and interactions, housing, energy and waste streams, pollution, communication, aesthetics, and related topics. We will reconvene to integrate our predictions while Architecture + The City Festival artist Nigel Sussman live-sketches our ideas to create a comprehensive picture of San Francisco 2100!


We are seeking small group facilitators and charrette participants. To register, please send an email briefly describing your desire to participate and a question that you will bring to the conversation. Include your name, discipline, school and/or workplace, and contact information. Send your email to Please include “Good Design 2018” in the email subject heading. Thank you, and we hope to see you at Good Design!



The Center for Architecture + Design celebrates the transformative power of design with Good Design San Francisco, our annual Architecture + the City Festival program that invites local design thinkers and urban leaders to address some of San Francisco's most pressing issues. The Good Design Challenge draws on the diversity of the design disciplines here in San Francisco —architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, graphic design, product design, and user experience design, to name a few—to demonstrate that design, beyond a purely aesthetic endeavor, is a powerful tool in solving large-scale urban problems. When design thinking is applied beyond traditional realms, innovation happens. With this in mind, Good Design 2018 will speculate on the shape of the Future City by investigating the relationship between technology, ecology, and urban form.


What is the future form of an equitable and engaging San Francisco?

The urban form of contemporary San Francisco is a cumulative response to ecological, social, and political contexts over time.  At first defined to meet basic human needs (food, shelter, defense), San Francisco’s urban form has grown in complexity to manifest economic doctrine and political ideology, ultimately codified to regulate public health, safety, and equity. These codes are strict design parameters, defining both physical form and patterns of use. As modes of communication, transportation, housing, power, industrial and agricultural production, and recreation advance with evolving technologies (think Twitter, autonomous vehicles, communal living, renewable energy, vertical farming, virtual gaming) and collide with inevitable ecological shifts (climate change, sea level rise, population increase), how will our patterns of inhabitation and use change, and what impact will this have on the form of the city? In particular, how might the use and function of public space evolve? What will be the new parameters and challenges? How might the relationship between private space and public space change? What is the future form of an equitable and engaging San Francisco?

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