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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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Events: New Urbanism Film Festival 

Next week, a new kind of film festival hits Los Angeles. For the first time, the city will play host to the first New Urbanism Film Festival, the brainchild of Josh Paget and Joel Joel Karahadian, two Angelenos with a passion for New Urbanism. Their interest in the subject led them to start a group, Noodles and New Urbanism, a monthly meet-up where developments and ideas around the topic could be discussed. It led to a blog, for members to discuss topics further, and, ultimately, the film festival, where a critical mass of like-minded people could come together on a larger scale. The festival will run four days and feature a range of films on issues relating to new urbanism. Walking tours, workshops and a podcast are all on the schedule.

We aked festival co-director Joel Karahadian a bit about more about the genesis of the project and what they hope to accomplish.

Why?  Why a film festival on the subject of Urban Planning?

The New Urbanism Film Festival was created to move the conversation about urban planning out of the textbook and beyond the council chambers and show it on the big screen.  To open up the dialogue of urban design to include the general public, we must offer a language with which to dialogue.  And movies are the language of Los Angeles.  Showcasing movies about architecture, urban design, bicycling, walkability, and public health, we hope to engage all the players of urban planning--designers, metro riders, bicycle riders, architects, politicians, along with the general public—in a broader dialogue about how we are making our city a better place.

You’re not an urban planner, how did you get interested in urban design?

We were in a book group, and we read James Howard Kunstler’s Geography of Nowhere.  When we got to the end of it, I suggested we read the sequel Home from Nowhere.  At that mere suggestion, the book group dismissed me. A few of us then started our own book group dedicated to reading planning books. We read Andres Duany, Eric Jacobsen, Reyner Banham, William Fain, Jeff Mapes.  At which point we were so excited about this issue, it was almost like a religious conversion. We started telling everyone about it. We didn’t knock on doors. But we did get “missional,” in wanting to participate and plan some events that would promote walkability and quality urban design. After a few years, we found the best tool we had was the videos we’d show people. So that got us thinking we should produce a film festival. We’ve both worked on other festivals, now it was time to work on a festival with a subject we are passionate about. 

What guides did you use in selecting short films?

We wanted videos that were informative, ones that presented new ideas, but mainly we looked for videos that were fun. We didn’t want a video tape of a lecture. We wanted something that engages the viewer and gets them asking questions about architecture and design. If folks want more detailed information, it’s available. After each screening we have a Q&A, not with the filmmaker, but with an urban planner. If the audience is left wanting more detailed information, the planner will be right there to reap the harvest. And if the audience is really hooked, they can get pick up a book from the pop-up bookstore in the lobby.

What’s been the most surprising element of the festival?

How right we were. The general public has responded really well. When we tell them that the film festival is about architecture and urban planning, they always become more interested. When we first started planning the festival we sought out the advice and support of architects, planners, and advocacy organizations.  Many of them seemed skeptical and some even questioned if there were enough videos to merit a festival. Now, we have more videos than we can fit into four days. And we’ve got an audience that is primed to learn and share ideas.

What’s the best short film in the festival?

They are all good. I have my favorites, sure. I think the best one is one of the short films in the architecture block. It may not be the most amazing short film you’ll see during the four days, but it did change my opinion on one architect I’ve always struggled to understand. And that’s exactly the kind of experience we want to cultivate for our audience during our festival. So for me that one was the best, but after the fest you can tell me your favorite. 

FORM is pleased to be a media partner for the event. Balcony Press, our publisher, will have a pop-up bookstore at the event in the Acme Theater lobby. Drop by and say hi. For the festival schedule and tickets, click here

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