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AIA San Francisco

130 Sutter Street, Suite 600

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Now in its 10th year, AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design celebrate the GOOD Design legacy with a design charrette examining the role of design in shaping San Francisco as a sanctuary city. Political instability, climate change, famine, failing infrastructure, water shortages, and lack of affordable housing and other essential resources threaten the world’s most vulnerable. These conditions send millions of refugees fleeing their homelands for a better life anywhere else. San Francisco, along with many other cities, has declared itself a sanctuary city: a refuge and a home for people who do not have a place elsewhere. Yet we are not immune to these conditions. While our city is secure—while we are in fact secure enough to offer refuge—we are a coastal city with aging infrastructure and a cracked sea wall, whose food comes from the Central Valley, in a region awaiting “the big one.” We may become refugees in our own city. While we grasp the severity of these apocalyptic predictions/scenarios, they remain abstract in a far-off future. Good Design 2017 will ask to imagine that future. What shape will the city become? Where will we find refuge, and what will we surrender? What will San Francisco become?

THE CHALLENGE: What does the Future Sanctuary City look like?

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