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A Partnership of AIA Los Angeles and USC Architecture: BIM EDGE + BIM GAP
August 22–23, 2014
BIM GAP will feature presentations about the bridging GAPs between BIM tools (analysis, construction, facilities management, and more) and also bridging the GAPs between BIM people (contractors, architects, owners, managers, subs, consultants). Learn how professionals are dealing with these gaps towards realizing the full potential of BIM. Who do you call when you need BIM guidance? EDGE examines potential partners in working with BIM beyond your firm’s current capabilities: BIM coordinators, consultants, modeling services, others.

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.

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. 

 

 

 

 

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Deadline: September 2
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Deadline: December 31
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Friday
Jan042013

California African American Museum Exhibition; 'The Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company: More Than a Business'

"The Negro in California History" by Charles Alston. Image via Modernica.For an off-the-beaten-path experience of Los Angeles art and architecture tradition (and maybe some conservation-minded learning experiences), the California African American Museum is in the midst of an exhibition of well-earned appreciation for the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance’s (GSM) collection of corporate art. The exhibition, titled “The Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company: More Than a Business,” was recently recommended by William Poundstone over at Blouin ArtInfo. Poundstone is quick to differentiate the value of this collection of corporate art from other lesser collections, even while bearing in mind its limitations: “The quality is wildly uneven, but that’s part of the interest. This is a core sample of one of the first systematic collections of its kind.” 

Poundstone’s interest in GSM’s art sensibilities extends beyond the items in the exhibition to GSM’s architectural contributions as well. For the lobby of its 1949 building, located at the corner of Western and Adams boulevards in Los Angeles and designed by Paul Williams, GSM commissioned murals by artists Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff. The fate of those murals is in limbo following the sale of most of the GSM art collection in 2007. In 2011, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History offered $750,000 for the two murals, and offer they later withdrew after outcry from local activists. “There’s a case for keeping the GSM murals where they are, in Williams’ landmark moderne building,” says Poundstone, “But the building’s future is equally uncertain. No one knows who will own it and with what intention.” Although community groups are trying to raise funds to buy the murals, both the murals and the building are expected to fetch hefty price tags.

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