Metropolis Perspective Sustainability

Charting the path forward with architects and designers

With a national event series, print publications, and round-the-year digital coverage, Metropolis is building common ground for the A&D community as it grapples with the greatest challenge of our time. Once focused on recycling, reuse, energy consumption and carbon footprints—all concepts relating to physical materials—sustainable architecture and design now encompass human health and well-being, social equity and community development, resilience and adaptation to climate, as well as stewardship of flora, fauna and natural resources of the earth. This expanded mission will help us move away from the abstract rhetoric of “saving the planet” and toward the realization that there is nothing less at stake here than the survival of our species and the continuation of all life on earth.

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Los Angeles

October 30, 2019



How can we set even higher goals?

What are some unexploited opportunities and new initiatives that will take the energy performance of the built environment to a new level?

Panelists: LPA Irvine, SmithGroup, Shaw Contract, Armstrong Ceilings

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How can sustainability build communities?

How can we integrate long-term cultural and social change into sustainable architecture and design?

Panelists: Brooks & Scarpa, 3form, Teknion

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How can we adapt to changing natural systems?

How can architects and designers stop working against nature and start adapting to it?

Panelists: HDR, HOK, Tarkett, USG

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