Closing Party for Architecture and the City: GOOD Design Challenge

Four San Francisco design teams try to solve the city’s problems and win the GOOD Design Challenge at the closing party for the Architecture and the City Festival.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 30, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

Can good design solve urban problems? Join us for the closing night party of the Architecture and the City Festival, when four San Francisco design teams present their solutions to city challenges proposed by the government and civic leaders who can help make their ideas a reality. For the third year in a row, this popular event will tackle issues around the festival theme—this year, “Architecture of Consequence”—ranging from emergency preparedness to urban agriculture.

The four design teams, Kicker Studio, Manual, Gary Strang, and Hyphae Design are solving problems identified by the Port of San Francisco, the Department of Technology, the Department of Emergency Management, and California Farmlink.

Watch as each team presents their solution to their “client” in front of a live audience. Afterwards, take part in a brief Q&A between the designers, urban leader, and the audience. These events often culminate in a lively discussion and debate about the future of cities, and make for a stimulating networking reception afterwards where all are encouraged to discuss new partnerships between citizens, designers, and urban leaders. Anything’s possible: Past collaborations between city leaders and designers have gone far beyond the event, working to make the solutions a reality.

Enjoy a reception under the stars in Hotaling Alley with an outdoor lounge furnished by Propeller Modern and JOBY.

Supported by AIA San Francisco, GOOD, Center for Architecture and Design, KALW Radio, and 99% Invisible.

Sponsored by WoodsBagot, Barbara Scavullo Design, Bix Restaurant, swissnex San Francisco, and Trumer Pils.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  introduction by AIA San Francisco GOOD and swissnex
7:15 pm  presentation of the four GOOD Design Challenge projects
8:15 pm  reception party
9:00 pm  doors close

More Info

Architecture and the City Festival
Now in its 8th year, the Architecture and the City Festival in San Francisco is the largest architectural festival in the US, showcasing tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, and interactive workshops all over the city. Organized by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, the 2011 theme, Architecture of Consequence, will demonstrate how progressive design and creative problem solving can address many of our most pressing urban issues, from decreased social cohesion to unsustainable food systems.


GOOD is the integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good. We are a company and community for the people, businesses, and NGOs moving the world forward. GOOD’s mission is to provide content, experiences, and utilities to serve this community. GOOD currently produces a website, videos, live events, and a print magazine. GOOD Design events have been held in LA, New York and San Francisco.


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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