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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. 

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


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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Nov132013

State of Sustainability: The Smallest Details Get an Earth-Friendly Makeover

Paradigm Trends now manufactures a line of bath accessories crafted of mango wood as the market for sustainable hospitality accessories grows. Image courtesy Paradigm Trends.Hotels, by their very nature, can be some of the least-environmentally places around, but these days that reputation is changing.  Hotels—both their designs and their furnishings—are looking more sustainable as developers and owners increasingly go for LEED certification for reasons both altruistic and practical.

To that end, designers and architects are incorporating more sustainable products into their projects, prompting manufacturers to expand their ranges to meet the increased demand. For Bette Lissak, president of Paradigm Trends, a manufacturer of accessories with a large base of hospitality clients, “It started about five years ago and has been getting stronger and evolving.”

For starters, over the last 30 years or so, the company has been meeting their clients’ needs by offering metal products made with recycled aluminum, stainless steel and brass. More recently, Lissak notes, there was a push into bamboo. “Now they want something that looks natural rather than highly finished,” she says, as designers envision rooms that have more of a home-like—and less of an industrial—feel. Enter mango wood. It’s widely available and can take all sorts of finish treatments. “It’s more adaptable, well-priced and easy for us to use,” notes Lissak.

Some of the company’s new products also address earth-friendly requirements. For example, by popular demand, Paradigm Trends now offers a dual-chamber wastebasket so trash and recycling can be separated in-room, a new mandate for types of green certification. With clients ranging from The Ritz-Carlton to Canyon Ranch, Lissak doesn’t see the shift to sustainable products as a merely a flash in the pan. “People are looking at it as an asset,” Lissak points out. 

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