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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. 

 

 

 

 

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Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
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Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Tuesday
Feb192013

A Capital Idea: The New D. C. International Design Festival

 

Ronan and Erwin Bouroullec's wool and foam Clouds will be part of the exhibition The Next Wave at the Washington, D. C. International Design Festival. Image via Kravdat.There's a new kid on the design-fest block this week. Say hello to the Washington, D. C. International Design Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, February 21, and runs through Sunday, May 19. The festival, a joint effort presented by the arts organizations Apartment Zero and Artisphere, features a major exhibition along with a great assortment of public programs that take stock of the state of industrial design in the early 21st century.

 

Why D.C. and why now? For Douglas Burton, the co-owner of Apartment Zero, it’s a natural fit. “It's always been surprising to me to compare the size of Metro D. C. to other major metropolitan areas through the country and find that we have the second highest density of residential design showrooms, architecture firms, commercial furniture showrooms and published interior designers after New York City,” he says.  “You can find almost any item being created around the world presented right here in your own hometown. We may not know it, but many of the design decisions that are seen throughout the world start right here. With so many industry groups and associations based here, why not take advantage of this unique city and create a program that brings so many of them together?”Also on view will be Patricia Urquiola's Magnus Rug. Image via Gandia Blasco.

 

At the heart of the multi-disciplinary festival is the exhibition The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, an exploration of design in the first 13 years of the century curated by Burton and produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute and Spain Arts & Culture, the Embassy of Spain and the Spain USA Foundation’s cultural program. Highlighted will be prototypes, one-offs and production pieces from Europe and the United States, all displayed across a 4,000-square-foot exhibition space. 

 

“It is an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate something we all have in common: a love for beauty, whether that exists in the end with products being clever, useful, or unusual. Having an event like this in the capital region helps solidify Washington, DC as a leader in the field of design. It is a natural fit with the vibrant design scene across the area, which is already known for its outstanding visual art, theatre, dance and experimental arts. The Next Wave will enrich the DC region, allowing residents to celebrate design in a way that many major cities have not examined,” says Burton. So if you’re in D.C. or have plans to be over the next few months, be sure to check out the Design Festival’s happenings—it promises to be a major addition to the scene.

 

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