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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
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Steven Song's View on the World Architecture Festival: Winning Projects and Final Thoughts

While the interesting series of lectures and panel discussions were held at the main seminar room, in the smaller meeting rooms were presentations of shortlisted projects. Each project was presented to, and then critiqued by a group of juries in twenty minute intervals. On the third day, category winning schemes were presented in the main seminar room.

Click after the jump for the list of winning schemes.

MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Italy, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, UK

A Forest for a Moon Dazzler, in Costa Rica, designed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architect, UK

Housing Development:
The Pinnacle @ Duxton, Singapore, designed by ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism,
Singapore

Learning Building:
School of the Arts, Singapore designed by WOHA, Singapore

Office Building:
Vali-Asr Commercial Office Building, Iran, designed by Kelvan, Iran

Holiday Building:
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, designed by WOHA, Singapore

Shopping Building:
Yamaha Ginza, Japan, designed by Nikken Sekkei Ltd, Japan

Sport Building:
Soccer City, National Stadium-Boogertman+Partners, South Africa

Display Building:
The Spanish Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, China, designed by MirallesTagliabue Embt, Spain

Health Building:
The Brain and Mind Research Institute – Youth Mental Health Building, Australia, designed by BVN Architecture, Australia

Shanghai Houtan Park, China, designed by Turenscape, China

Yevlakh Seed Industry Campus, Azerbaijan, designed by, TOCA, Turkey

The Helix Bridge, Singapore, designed by Cox Rayner Architects, Australia

DDB Office, Isanbul, Turkey, designed by Erginoglu & Calislar Mimarlik Insaat Ticaret ve Turizm Limited Sirketi, Turkey


The final, “World Building of the Year” was won by Zaha Hadid Architects, for their MAXXI national museum project in Italy. The winning design was selected from this shortlist by the ‘Super Jury’, which consisted of Arata Isozaki, Barry Bergdoll, who is the Phillip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Enrique Norten, founder of TEN Arquitectos, and Hanif Kara of engineer Adams Kara Taylor.

Another simultaneous program at the conference was a student competition, sponsored by AECOM. The urban design competition was to pick a city and propose lasting improvements. The competition was won by a team of four graduate students from Harvard University. The jury, which included Sir Peter Cook, Nabil Gohlam, and Sofia von Ellrichshausen, felt that the team had offered a strong statement built on a very fundamental idea of education as a driver for overcoming Port au Prince’s current challenges, which were worsened by the 2010 earthquake. What the jury found especially convincing was the team’s ability to build on an ideal and provide very detailed solutions such as the focus on practical education such as carpentry and other primary construction skills. They thought that this model could also be implemented in other disaster locations.

The conference gave rise to many questions and open topics for further investigations. Today, architecture is often merely a tool for marketing and a commercialized spectacle. Given – until recently – surpluses of building opportunities, fueled by oil-money and willing investors, and supported by a host of new technologies, architecture became a quick way of making money. The means became the end.

However, instead of using the opportunities and the technologies simply as tools, we doers and makers should consider our social obligation and broaden our intellectual inquiry, should question what changes these factors bring to our lives and how we can address them via design. Bjarke Ingels’ study of automobiles and urban living seems to have started in this vein. Joe Noero’s project in South Africa and the students’ response to the natural disaster and consequent social problems in Haiti confirm architecture’s role in social participation. This economic downturn, as painful as it is for practitioners and business owners, is perhaps finally an opportunity for architects who are sensible to clients’ needs and interested in cultural performances rather than spectacle-making.

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