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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
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Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
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Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
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Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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May012013

On the Boards: HGA's Holistic Approach to Sustainability

HGA's Design for East Los Angeles College's Student Success Center embraces a broad view of sustainability. Image courtesy HGA.

Sustainability is in the DNA at HGA Architects and Engineers. Just recently the firm took two awards—Excellence in Social Responsibility and Excellence in Stewardship of the Natural Environment—in the 2013 Sustainable Quality Awards program sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Works and Sustainable Santa Monica/City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. For the firm, though, sustainability means more than just designing projects incorporating recycled materials or featuring renewable energy technologies.

“We’ve always used it more holistically,” says Satoshi Teshima, the project designer of the Student Success Center at East Los Angeles College, one of the firm’s newest endeavors and a prime example of HGA’s commitment to and expansive view of sustainability. “It’s all about the human experience.” For the 130,000-square-foot building, slated to open next year, HGA is creating a space for students that nurtures their learning and facilitates their transition into the real world.

Drawing from their work designing healthcare and office spaces, the HGA team came up with an innovative approach to the classroom, which emphasizes collaboration and non-traditional layouts. Instead of a fixed set-up, with a professor lecturing at the front of the room, says Teshima, “We’ll have moveable lecterns and furniture. You won’t be able to tell where the front is. They can change the learning environment in a matter of 15 seconds.” The reimagined classrooms will foster engagement between instructors and students and among the students themselves.

Even the exits will promote connections. “The typical classroom building has a corridor in middle and classrooms on either,” Teshima explains. “When 40 people enter or leave, the conversation stops at the door, because you’re confined to a little corridor. Our design allows a lot of spill out space in front of classroom and lets groups leave together so conversations can continue.” Other spaces throughout the building will also provide for plenty of informal gathering areas to create learning moments beyond the classroom.

Perhaps most importantly, the building will be flooded with light, something that has been shown to substantially improve students’ learning outcomes. “The program sits around the perimeter, and there’s a large open atrium,” Teshima says. “It allows for a much brighter learning environment.” Ultimately, Teshima sees the environment HGA is creating as a critical to the future success of ELAC’s students. “Our design is key to supporting new learning modalities,” he notes.

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