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At a time when the architecture and design community faces both long-term and immediate challenges and opportunities, Metropolis‘s new digital format—the Metropolis Forum: Webinar—helps industry leaders discuss the way forward and provides opportunities for members of the community to stay connected. View New Webinars

PREVIOUS WEBINARS


September 8TH, 12:00PM–1:00PM EDT

Designing for a Circular Economy

Presented in Partnership with ECONYL® by Aquafil

Everything in nature is created, transformed, and decomposed in closed loops, so the most sustainable materials, objects, and buildings are those that follow a circular model, with as little waste and emissions as possible. But most architecture and design practices today still work in a linear fashion—with buildings starting with materials pulled from theearth and ending up in landfills. Join design visionaries who are breaking that pattern, and find out how manufacturers, designers, and architects can create for a circular economy.

Sponsored By

Econyl by Aquafil

Designing for a Circular Economy
The Future of Transit, Post-Pandemic

August 18TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

The Future of Transit, Post-Pandemic

Presented in partnership with Landscape Forms

Mobility and transit have a whole new significance in a post-COVID-19 world. While mass transit is absolutely vital to the reopening of cities and a revival of the economy, it also presents significant challenges for public health. Other transit models—from ridesharing to driverless cars—will also have to adjust to the new normal. How will COVID-19 shape the future of mass transit and mobility?

Sponsored By

Landscape Forms

July 21st, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

The Pandemic is a Portal: Inclusivity

Crises like COVID-19 reveal both challenges and opportunities for marginalized groups. People with disabilities and senior citizens now have to navigate new health risks in the spaces where they live and work, yet the spread of remote working might also open new possibilities for them. How can architects and designers make sure to include the concerns of people of all ages and abilities, as we plan for the future?

The Pandemic is a Portal: Inclusivity
logo JULY 14TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT The Pandemic is a Portal: The Outdoors

July 14TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

The Pandemic is a Portal: The Outdoors

Presented in partnership with Landscape Forms

Social distancing has disrupted one of the strongest trends in design—the prioritization of common areas and public spaces. Recent research has shown strong connections between outdoor space and human wellbeing. Meanwhile, the smart cities movement has opened up new possibilities for our streets, plazas, and parks. As we look past COVID-19 and towards the reopening of our cities, how can we leverage design and technology to ensure the vitality of outdoor and public spaces?

Sponsored By

Landscape Forms

June 30th, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

The Pandemic is a Portal: Sustainability

In conjunction with the Metropolis Sustainability lab at NeoCon,
presented by Aquafil

In the months before COVID-19 struck, the climate crisis was at the top of our minds, with many organizations making significant commitments to tackle this challenge. How can our learning from the current health crisis help us take the sustainability movement to the next stage?

Sponsored By

Econyl by AquafilKeilhauer

The Pandemic is a Portal
Healthy Lighting for Outdoor Spaces

June 25th, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Healthy Lighting for Outdoor Spaces

After months of isolation indoors, we are all eager to make the most of the outdoors, for as long as possible. Lighting design plays a vital role in extending the hours that we can use outdoor space, keeping cities vibrant and safe outside daylight hours and making the public realm accessible to more people. How can we light outdoor spaces strategically and responsibly, to support and nurture good health?

Sponsored By

Landscape Forms

June 23rd, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Designing Resilient Spaces

In conjunction with the Metropolis Sustainability lab at NeoCon,
presented by Aquafil

Resilient design is commonly understood as being related to disasters like fires or floods, but it actually stands for creativity informed by long-term thinking. Indoors and outside, how can designers create spaces that will endure short term shocks and have a long-lasting positive impact on people’s lives?

Sponsored By

Econyl by Aquafil

Designing Resilient Spaces
Putting Carbon to Work

June 16th, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Putting Carbon to Work

In conjunction with the Metropolis Sustainability lab at NeoCon,
presented by Aquafil

The most important way that designers can combat the climate crisis is by bringing down carbon emissions. How can designers leverage the strategies for low-carbon design to deliver better spaces and experiences for clients and end-users alike?

Sponsored By

Econyl by AquafilIndiana Furniture

June 9th, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Healthy People, Healthy Planet

In conjunction with the Metropolis Sustainability lab at NeoCon,
presented by Aquafil

Sustainability and wellness are inextricable from each other, and 2020 is a watershed moment for both, thanks to the global pandemic. How can designers navigate this year’s challenges and create healthier, more sustainable spaces?

Sponsored By

Econyl by AquafilWebinar Materialbank

Healthy People, Healthy Planet
New Tech for Architecture and Design

June 2nd, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

New Tech for Architecture and Design

Video-conferencing software, workflow management tools, new BIM plugins, and even social networking for designers—the pandemic has brought about many changes in how architecture and design is practiced today. How have leading A&D firms adapted their technology strategies, and what do they have their eye on for the future?

MAY 26TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

DESIGNING SPACES FOR PUBLIC GOOD

Government offices, community centers, public transit hubs—these are often the most challenging spaces to design. However, in spite of the tight budgets and risk-averse clients, designers have recently created some remarkable workplaces and facilities for the public sector. How have these designers innovated with civic architecture, and what lessons can we learn from them that apply to private-sector workplaces as well?

Designing Spaces for Public Good
Learning from Healthcare

MAY 19TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Learning from Healthcare

The COVID-19 crisis has put healthcare spaces under extraordinary stress. Hotels, schools, and convention centers have all been converted into hospital-like spaces. What are healthcare designers learning from this experience? How can we apply those lessons to the other spaces where we live, work, and play?

MAY 12TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Designing the Return to Work

Businesses across the United States who are contemplating a return to work or moving into new offices any time this year will have to adapt their workplace to new protocols around hygiene and distancing, as well as new preferences for remote work. How can design help ease the transition of returning to work? How are designers adapting ongoing projects so that the workforce can move into a space equipped for the new normal?

Sponsored By

Stylex

Designing the Return to Work
Hospitality Bounces Back: The Future of Travel and Leisure

MAY 5TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Hospitality Bounces Back: The Future of Travel and Leisure

COVID-19 has deeply impacted hotels and restaurants, and attitudes to travel, recreation, and wellness are changing. How will this affect the future of hospitality design? What business trends and design concepts will help the hospitality industry bounce back, and what could our new approach to travel and social gathering be in 2021 and beyond?

Sponsored By

GroheKnollTextiles

APRIL 30TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Returning to a Better Workplace

In the last decade, floor plans, utilization ratios, amenity packages, real estate calculations, and corporate policy and programs have all seen huge changes. However, by disrupting business-as-usual so fundamentally, the global pandemic has brought to the fore many opportunities that previously were on the fringes. Informed by everything from remote working to public health concerns, architects and designers must be prepared to imagine workplaces of a kind they have never had to before.

Returning to a Better Workplace
HOW THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC WILL AFFECT REAL ESTATE

APRIL 28TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

How the Global Pandemic Will Affect Real Estate

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily emptied out most of the commercial buildings in our cities, and promises to change how we use work, hospitality, retail, and wellness spaces in the future. With real estate calculations shifting as a result of both economic parameters and changing workstyles, how can we evolve and adapt the way we utilize commercial space? How can real estate professionals, architects, and designers, collaborate to find solutions for the new normal?

APRIL 21ST, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Sustainability During the Slowdown

With 2030 just a decade away, the design and construction industries can’t lose their momentum on sustainability. Yet, architects and designers are now grappling with the human and economic fallout of COVID-19. How can we address this short-term crisis while keeping our eyes on the longer one? What lessons can we derive from the response to the pandemic that can help us in the fight against climate change, and vice versa?

Sponsored By

Aquafil

SUSTAINABILITY DURING THE SLOWDOWN
DOUBLING DOWN ON WELLNESS

APRIL 14TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Doubling Down on Wellness

During these challenging times, and the inevitable recovery period after the global pandemic, wellness and sustainability are going to become critical concerns. The cleanliness of surfaces and cleanability will be high priority, as will ergonomics and comfort. What pointers can the wellness experts give us so that we can learn to design for healthier communities?

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