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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.

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: September 12
2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

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

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

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Oct282013

FORM Tech: Prescient Blends the Virtual and the Real

B Street LoHi is the first project completed using Prescient's innovative design and construction platform. Image via Prescient. Faster, greener and more cost-effective building? Under the best of circumstances, you may wind up with two out of the three. To combine all three? You might as well be asking for a unicorn. Prescient, a software and structural system manufacturing company, is out to change that. 

The key to their vision is a standardized architecture, engineering and construction process that joins proprietary software with a patent-pending manufacturing system and a simplified installation routine. In the usual course of designing a building, explains John Vanker, Prescient’s CEO and a co-founder, architects and engineers work independently at the beginning of the process. Such a siloed system can inevitably lead to problems, “sometimes it takes an entire cycle of construction,” he notes, before they're discovered. “Then, you have to call the engineer and architect and make changes. If we start at the beginning, we can reduce waste by eliminating potential conflicts.”

Given that the building system itself is standardized and consists of a limited number of components, waste at the construction level is further reduced, since they components are interrelated. “We can use that library to solve any structure,” notes Vanker. 

While the material itself—light-gauge, cold-rolled steel—isn’t new, “the way it’s put together is,” he says of the panel system they use. It offers some obvious green benefits. All the parts are manufactured elsewhere and sent to the job site. “We can control the process and reduce waste there, and everything we produce can be recycled.” he says.  

The firm recently completed its first building: a five-story apartment structure that's 60,000-square-feet in Denver and is at work on a second with plans for more in the works. For Vanker, Prescient’s system places the company squarely in the midst of a paradigm shift. “It’s a disruptive technology in the industry,” he says, one with the potential to effect a sea change in the way many buildings are made. 

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