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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.

Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

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.

Case Study & Site Tour
October 2, 2014
Steven Ehrlich will discuss his elevon designs at an Urban Land Institute Los Angeles event at elevon at Campus El Segundo. He will be joined by representatives of the development and leasing teams.

Docomomo US Tour Day 2014
October 11, 2014

Docomomo US is pleased to announce the full schedule of Tour Day, one of the largest national programs devoted to the appreciation of Modern architecture in the United States. Set to take place on October 11, 2014 and throughout the month of October, this year’s event includes more than 50 tours planned in 21 states and 37 individual cities and brings together 17 Docomomo US Chapters, 5 Friend Organizations, in addition to architecture and preservation organizations, architects, historians, designers, and enthusiasts. Hosted by many of the leading preservation voices, Tour Day 2014 events will offer something for everyone.


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.

ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference
October 23–24, 2014
DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community through the combined support of the research networks of the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.

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

Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

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
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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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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