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Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

Gearing Up for Better, Healthier, and More Efficient Homes
September 19, 2014
The USGBC will present, Gearing Up for Better, Healthier, and More Efficient Homes, at the upcoming AltCar Expo on Friday, September 19th at 9:30am.   Designed for building & design professionals, the lecture addresses the need to erect higher performing buildings and the push towards zero net energy buildings. Panelists include:  Tim Kohut, AIA Architect, Green Dinosaur; Lena Ashby Senior Sustainability Coordinator, Green Dinosaur; and Joel Cesare, Sustainable Building Advisor, City of Santa Monica.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

Westedge Design Fair
October 16–19, 2014
The curated fair features over 150 leading and emerging, domestic and international furnishings brands. Catering to both trade and consumers, the event offers a complete experience for attendees, including panel discussions and workshops, culinary activities, custom installations, and a series of special events.

4th Annual Found L.A.
October 19, 2014
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the non-profit L.A. Commons (www.lacommons.org) will host its 4th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods, and its first based on a mayoral theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Program. Angelenos will explore the main arteries of neighborhoods around the city, developed and not so, and meet the people in the center of activity there.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: October 31
Show Us Your Baldwin
Baldwin

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Tuesday
Sep162014

Showroom: Moore + Friesl's New C2 Credenza

Moore + Friesl's newest arrival into their collection of furnishings is the C2 Credenza. It features a high-glass finish and accents of bright color and light. Image courtesy Moore + Firesl.

The innovative LA–based architecture firm Moore + Friesl Design Group is at it again. They’re introducing the C2 Credenza. It joins their earlier C1 Credenza, a compelling piece formed in part using a folded piece metal to create its frame. This time, the duo used Senoplast, a high-gloss furniture film for the bold, rectilinear piece. UV-resistant, recyclable and PVC-free, the material bonds over a wood substrate to create high performance finish that’s scratch resistant.

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Wednesday
Sep102014

Workbook: For Riding the Waves

West of West's founders reimagined the surfboard, creating an object that pushes notions of what the object can be. Photograph by Hara Kumaran/Courtesy West of West.“It gave us an opportunity to build something, which happens less these days,” Jai Kumaran says of the surfboard he and Clayton Taylor designed for this past summer’s A+D Museum benefit. It also gave the pair, California natives and partners in the LA-based creative design firm West of West, a chance to turn traditional surfboard design on its end. “It’s a hybrid of early California surf pioneers’ theories along with a more contemporary approach to design,” he explains. “It’s made in a traditional way—in fiberglass and resin—but thought of in a more radical fashion.”

The work of a surf legend named Bob Simmons served as a source of inspiration. “As well as being a surfer and beach bum, he was a sharp scientist and engineer,” says Kumaran. Simmons own work was influenced by Lindsay Lord, who had written about planing hulls. “It was an interesting first step to look at him since he used things he was designing and thinking of. It dovetailed with how we approach out work.”

While Simmons work—the planing hull, a wide flat board and concave elements—from there it morphed into an exploration of other themes in West of West’s work. “We’ve had a longstanding fascination with topography and landscape. The idea of topography played into the bottom of the board with channels and the different types of asymmetry,” notes Kumaran. The use of gray (historically boards were white) points to an interest in an abstract notion of what the board could be. 

Once they had the design, which they modeled on the computer, they took it to the ship, where they worked with a shaper named Chris Noell. “It was fascinating to transfer the digital information by hand, and gave us a little flexibility. We worked some things out in real life,” says Kumaran.

Will there be more or was this just a one-off? Kumaran says they’re up for making more, since the project fits in with the firm’s wide-ranging design interests. “We’ve been contacted by a number of people asking where they can get one,” he says. He’s quick to point out, though, that the boards aren’t for everyone. “I think it will e entertaining for someone with a high skill level who appreciates a board that could produce different ways of experiencing the waves.” As a design object, though, its appeal is universal.

Tuesday
Sep092014

Workbook: Old and New for Yelp's San Francisco Headquarters

O + A designed a new headquarters for Yelp in a classic 1925 building in San Francisco. The spaces balance vintage and contemporary elements, while fostering a feeling of community. Photography by Jasper Sanidad/Courtesy O + A. When Timothy Pleuger’s Pacific Telephone + Telegraph building was completed in 1925, the San Francisco edifice bore the distinction of being the first major high rise south of Market, not to mention being the largest office building on the West Coast. Nearly a century later it has a new life, thanks to Internet review bigwig Yelp.

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Monday
Sep082014

Showroom: New Tile Designs from Clayhaus

Clayhaus offers a big new collection of ceramic tile just in time for fall. Choose from 10 new shapes and 24 new matte finish glazes. Photo courtesy Clayhaus.

Fans of color, not to mention fans of midcentury design, will be thrilled to see the newest ceramic tile collection form Portland, Oregon–based Clayhaus Ceramics. In time for fall, they’re introducing 10 new shapes and 24 new, matte finish glazes to their line of tile offerings.

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Tuesday
Sep022014

Showroom: Meet the Traveler from Roche Bobois

This fall, Roche Bobois introduces the Traveler, a new chair designed by Stephen Burks, of Readymade Projects. The European version features leather-wrapped metal and leather cushions. Image courtesy Roche Bobois.For the last 40 years, many a well-appointed American home has boasted a piece or of Roche Bobois’s chic, contemporary furniture with a distinctly French flair. This fall, to celebrate the company’s four decades in the United States, they’re debuting the Traveler Chair, a new piece (actually two pieces) created by Stephen Burks, the founder of New York–based studio Readymade Projects, in one of the leading industrial designers working today, who has consulted with Aid To Artisans, The Clinton Global Initiative and The Nature Conservancy, to name a few, not to mention collaborated with Moroso and Capellini.

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