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For Immediate Release

The Forum at Redwood City Presents:
“The Affordable Housing System
and the Role of Design”

Redwood City, CA - October 28 , 2004 - The City of Redwood City and local non-profit training and education organization Communities by Design have scheduled another exciting educational forum on urban design. On Wednesday, November 3, 6:00 to 7:45 pm, Mr. Michael Pyatok will share his expertise designing non-profit housing throughout the United States.

Principal of his own architectural firm since 1985, and co-author of the book, “Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing,” Mr. Pyatok is a recognized leader in the field of affordable housing. His work focuses on the design of community facilities and multi-family housing, including low-density suburban as well as high-density, inner-city, mixed-use developments. Mr. Pyatok is also a tenured professor of architectural design at the University of Washington, and the Director of the Center for Affordable Homes and the Family at Arizona State University. His award-winning architectural designs have set a new standard for higher density affordable housing development.

Mr. Pyatok lectures widely about his approach to housing, and is a frequent contributor to professional journals about multi-family housing design and the need for more compact transit-related communities and design methods which include community participation. Mr. Pyatok has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune and all major U.S. architectural journals.

The Forum takes place at the Little Fox Theater, 2209 Broadway, in downtown Redwood City. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. An optional no-host dinner with the presenter and other participants will be held following the Forum for those wishing to continue the discussion.

The Forum brings nationally-known speakers and presenters to Downtown Redwood City for in-depth dialogues on city design issues, providing an on-going venue for professional-level education and dialogue about urban design issues, today’s hottest urban design topics, and most cutting-edge techniques. By bringing together local government officials from throughout the Bay Area, as well as planners, urban designers, architects, and other professionals in the urban design field, these forums are intended to educate and foster discussion on new and emerging concepts in city planning and design. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. The Forum at Redwood City is co-sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments (

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Dan Zack
Downtown Development Manager
650-780- 7363

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