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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.

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: December 31
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Dec092013

WEB EXTRA: Taking Flight: Cynthia Minet on Art in Airports

Artist Cynthia Minet's Packing(Caravan) lines a corridor at LAX, part of an on-going series of temporary exhibitions there featuring the work of local artists. Programs such as these have sprung up in airports around the country. Photography by Panic Studio, LA/courtesy Cynthia Minet. If you’re an artist, the chance to have thousands, if not tens of thousands, see your work is a chance too good to pass up. It was certainly true for Cynthia Minet, a Los Angeles sculptor, whose Packing(Caravan) was chosen for a temporary exhibition at LAX, as part of an on-going (and nationally growing) move to showcase art in airports. The installation would include a collection pack animals—a pair of oxen, an elephant, a camel—constructed from pieces of recycled and repurposed plastic. An outgrowth of her explorations of bioengineering, genetic modification, fashion consumerism, and ecology, the animals were witty, thoughtful and wholly apropos of their surroundings.

Creating and installing work for in a non-traditional habitat “was interesting as a sculptor, because I had to think about height and depth in a controlled environment,” says Minet. While the case, in the international terminal, where the pieces were to be displayed meant they’d be extra-protected, it also made installation a finely choreographed dance. “The camel was easy—it comes apart in many pieces,” says Minet. The elephant, too, ended up being made in several sections in order to have the “proper girth,” she notes, while still fitting through an alarmed door in a high-security area and into the case. “The pieces had to be made so we could open the door quickly, push them into vestibule, turn them and then close the door behind. It was a one-and-a-half-minute window,” she says.

Once inside, Minet worked backwards, installing the animals in reverse order, with the elephant and first ox going in last. All went smoothly, until the end, when she realized a light was still on at the opposite end. “I had to crawl on my belly to get down to other end of case to unscrew the light bulb,” she recalls.

Minet came to some fascinating revelations about viewers’ experiences. “People walking by with their carts experience them one by one—but it’s more of a quick glance,” says Minet, “rather than the experience in a museum or gallery where they’re going to look at art. You have a wider audience but people don’t stop and ponder.”

The program, though, is not just for travelers. It’s also for the staff, and they responded to the work. “Those were the people who were blown away. When we were de-installing, someone came up and told us they were sad to see them go. The pieces had a different life for the people working there,” says Minet.

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