Image - Thomas Heatherwick and detail from his book cover
Past Event

Thomas Heatherwick: Humanize

From one of the world’s most innovative designers comes a fiercely passionate manifesto on why so many places have become miserable and boring and how we can make them better for everyone. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear directly from the author, Thomas Heatherwick, in conversation with Enrique Landa, developer of Power Station. Together, they will explore how to bring more beauty and humanity to our built environment.

Drawing on 30 years’ experience in making memorable objects and buildings, Heatherwick offers both an informed critique of the inhumanity in most of today’s contemporary building design, and a rousing call for action. Humanize visits landmarks and cityscapes around the world to articulate how places can either sap the life out of us or nourish our senses and our psyche. Design is not superficial: it has an impact on economics, climate change, our mental and physical wellbeing—even the peace and cohesion of our societies.


This event is presented by Heatherwick Studio in association with The Commonwealth Club.

Photo courtesy the speaker.

November 9, 2023

Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States


Thomas Heatherwick

Designer & Founder, Heatherwick Studio; Author, Humanize: A Maker's Guide to Designing our Cities

In Conversation with Enrique Landa

Developer, Power Station