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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


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


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?

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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?

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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

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?

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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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