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Text: "Sanctuary: Design for Belonging" overlain on top of grid of images from winning competition submissions


"Sanctuary: Design for Belonging" presents design ideas from "Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities," a competition seeking game-changing design solutions addressing the global refugee and immigrant crisis in an urban context. Read More
January 22, 5:00 - 7:00PM
Join author Marc Vassallo to explore the design of small, urban houses and backyard ADUs as a smart response to two demographic trends: the shrinking size of households and the growing popularity of city living - followed by a group conversation on the pros and cons of small city houses. Smaller city houses (400 sq. ft. to 1,800 sq. ft.) promote walkability, sustainability, and conviviality. They make sense for single people, young couples, small families Read More
Meet us at the Center for a curatorial tour of Sanctuary: Design for Belonging by our Research Curator, Mayumi Tsutakawa. During this hour-long tour, Mayumi will discuss the overall theme of the exhibit, explaining the competition winners' projects and how they make cities more welcoming to immigrants and refugees. RSVP here > Exhibits and tours are free and open to the public Read More