The New Basics

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The New Basics

By Metropolis Magazine + Poppin

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 · 6 - 8:30pm PST


Poppin 560 Third Street San Francisco, Ca 94107


Join Metropolis, Studio O+A, and Poppin for a lively discussion, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres.

We'll explore the new basics of the 21st century workplace—what we really need to get our work done in satisfying, productive, and healthy ways that nurture our humanity.

Workplace design today is a complex endeavor. Designers are trying to solve for open-plan issues, amend the 24/7 workplace for every possible situation, and maintain maximum flexibility for technological advances. But have we taken things too far? In creating all kinds of amenity spaces and services—nap rooms, yoga rooms, masseuses, in-house dentists, and Michelin star chefs—have we distanced ourselves from what is truly important: meaningful work and connecting with our community?

Moderator: Avi Rajagopal, Editor in Chief, Metropolis


Verda Alexander, Co-Founder, Studio O+A

Jason Bonnet, Vice President of Development, Brookfield Properties

John Lieu, Facilities Director, Rakuten US

Primo Orpilla, Co-Founder, Studio O+A

Alex Spilger, Senior Vice President / Director of Sustainability, Cushman & Wakefield

1 AIA CEU HSW credit available

Event Timing:

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Registration & Networking

6:30pm - 7:45pm: Discussion + Q&A

7:45pm - 8:30pm: Cocktails & Networking

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