San Francisco

The Future of Cities: Policy, Politics and Planning [In-Person Program]

Evening Forum


Skycrapers poking through the clouds
Image by Pexels user Aleksandar Pasaric

This program was originally scheduled for January 25, but was rescheduled due to health and safety concerns.

Flying cars, teleporters, robot butlers and geostationary metropolises are just a few of the tropes that have long been used as pop culture markers for cities of the future. But those imaginative notions rarely address some of the most pressing issues experienced by cities now, including a widening income gap, growing homelessness and global climate change. Can we surmount today’s pernicious challenges and realize a shared, ideal future? Will tomorrow’s cities be more reminiscent of the shiny utopia of Star Trek or the bleak dystopia of Blade Runner? Will future cities even be identifiable as such? Join some of the Bay Area’s biggest thinkers as they discuss what the future holds for our cities 50, 100 or even 500 years into the future.

+ Marina Gorbis / Institute for the Future
+ Annalee Newitz / author
+ Peter Calthorpe / Calthorpe Analytics
+ Manny Yekutiel / Manny's

Co-presented by Manny's and SHACK15.



This program will be in-person. Mask and proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for entry.

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Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

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