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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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Deadline: October 31
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Baldwin

Deadlne: November 30
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International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

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Gensler

Deadline: December 31
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Feb122013

Architecture News from Antarctica

Hugh Broughton Architects and AECOM designed a series of eight interlocking modules on skis for the new Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica. Image, © BASEven under the best circumstances, the practice of architecture is a challenging proposition. Now imagine designing structures for one of the harshest places on earth. That was the task Hugh Broughton, of Hugh Broughton Architects, faced in creating a new Antarctic research station on the Brunt Ice Shelf. 
"The brief for Halley VI provided us with some enormous design challenges: to create the first ever fully re-locatable research station ever built in the polar regions which could cope with constantly rising snow levels and provide a stimulating working and living environment for a winter crew isolated from the world for nine months at a time and subjected to three months of total darkness. Add to that the freezing temperatures and high winds, and it was clear a special solution was necessary,” says Broughton.
A view of the station during winter. The structures' innovative design will allow flexibility in terms of configuration and location. Image, © Sam BurrellWorking in close collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey (the group whose research first identified the whole in the ozone layer), as well as AECOM, the firm created a series of eight hydraulically elevated ski-based modules that can be rearranged based on the needs of the scientists in residence. The seven interconnected blue modules, constructed by Galliford Try, function as bedrooms, laboratories, offices and energy plants. A red two-story red module serves as a social area. As the ice it sits on shifts, the modules can be moved and reconfigured in more secure locations.
Think you’re up for an Antarctic challenge of your own? The Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) and the Brazilian navy recently launched a contest to renovate the Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station on King George Island’s Keller Peninsula, where it’s home to a naval and research staff that ranges from over 30 to over 60. Besides either replacing or renovating all the buildings on the site, the winning project will incorporate a range of new, efficient technologies to create a complex that is livable and sustainable. If you’re interested, the deadline for entries is March 14. More details are here. Good luck and stay warm!

 

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