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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

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.

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.

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: August 18
Fabric
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Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

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

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Aug272010

Edward Cullinan Architects Discusses How to "Green" Your Office Building

Baldwin Terrace – ECA OfficeTom Dollard from ‘Team Green’ at Edward Cullinan Architects (ECA) sent Hattie Hartman's Sustainability Blog Footprint a report with steps they’ve taken to ‘green’ their office:

As architects, it is essential that we lead by example when it comes to green living. We can guide our clients and designs from our own experience by living and working in a sustainable way.

At ECA, we have a holistic sustainability policy that encompasses all aspects of current best practice.  One part of this agenda is carbon emissions, and we have been measuring our carbon footprints on a yearly basis since 2005. In 2008, we made a commitment to Islington Council to reduce our emissions by a further 15% over 3 years. To tackle this challenge, we have adopted Gareth Kane’s approach to green business, and looked for “small steps” and “huge leaps”.

Small steps:

A key factor in greening our business is staff engagement.  We share responsibility for green issues within the members’ co-operative, and our ‘Team Green’ leads this process by spreading the knowledge with informal lunchtime updates and CPD.  Team Green has also produced practical guidelines covering power, water and waste saving steps which help us to use our building more efficiently.

Huge leaps:

More substantial efforts are the switch to green electricity, creating a green travel plan and installing a new gas condensing boiler with outside thermostat.

To improve our footprints further, we have proposed a complete remodelling of our existing office, which will seek to inspire a much greater level of sustainable working. A careful remodelling of the existing 19th Century warehouse will include various renewable energy technologies and enhanced insulation:

  1. Flat panel solar collectors integrated with slate roof
  2. Solar hot water system provides hot water for the kitchen and WCs
  3. Down-pipe collects rainwater for harvesting
  4. Rainwater harvesting tank
  5. Harvested rainwater is used for flushing toilets
  6. Water is extracted from the canal and its embodied temperature used by the heat pump to heat or cool the building
  7. Heat pump
  8. Plasterboard ceiling panels (Variotherm) are embedded with small bore pipes for radiant heating and cooling
  9. Pipework from heat pump feeds Variotherm on the ceilings throughout the building
  10. Having been used by the heat pump, water is discharged back into the canal
  11. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery to Basement floor, the rest of the building is naturally ventilated on a Building Management System as part of the night cooling strategy
  12. New high performance sash windows installed within existing openings
  13. Metal grilles mimic the 19th Century fenestration, provide security and assist with solar shading
  14. Existing window reveals within the listed wall have sills lowered to maximise views and daylight to increase the studio’s interaction with the towpath
  15. New lime and hemp insulation to be applied to the inside face of the listed wall to upgrade its thermal performance
  16. Locally listed brick wall repaired and restored
  17. Existing slates reclaimed and reinstalled on roof
  18. The design has been assessed by the Building Research Establishment and achieves a BREEAM Offices 2006 ‘Excellent’ rating

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