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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

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.

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.

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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Thursday
May022013

Events: AltBuild Is Coming

Explore the future of sustainable design at the tenth annual AltBuild conference next week in Santa Monica. Image courtesy Alt Build.

It has been 10 years since the first Alternative Building Materials & Design Conference. Since then, it has gotten bigger and better, growing to become the largest and most-respected green design and building expo in Southern California. Next week, AltBuild, presented by the City of Santa Monica, returns to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for two days of exhibits—featuring innovative new products and trends, including multiple SoCal debuts—and thought-provoking programming, with speakers and panelists drawn from across industries. 

For architect Scott Johnson, of Johnson Fain, and the moderator of the AIA|LA COTE Special Presentation —“The Nature of Los Angeles is Dense Urban Sprawl,” on the 1:25 PM Friday, “The AltBuild event is a yearly convocation of broad thinkers on the topic of the natural environment and built form. The paradox is that the term, AltBuild, suggests some slightly remote and alternative culture when, in fact, with issues as important as climate change and, in Los Angeles, issues like transportation and air quality, this is actually mainstream culture and current progressive thinking.”

Besides Johnson’s panel, Friday, May 10, will include more professional programming presented by Santa Monica, AIA Los Angeles, USGBC-LA and BIA-LA/Ventura County. “One great way for architects and firms to stay relevant and motivated is to get involved in activities outside of the office such as teaching, lecturing and other community/ education-related events, participating as guest critic at various schools and institutions, and attending conferences like AltBuild where the best current projects and methodologies are showcased,” says James Mary O’Connor, principal at Moore Ruble Yudell Architect & Planners and a part of the event’s 12:15 “Think Local, Design Global” panel. “The AEC business is always changing and has become much more collaborative, so it is helpful and motivating to know the latest trends and work that is being done by other firms and disciplines in the industry.”

Several of the panels will focus on sustainable design as it relates to Los Angeles. As Shawn Gehle, design director/senior associate at Gensler and a participant on the Win:Win Journal: “The Future of Sustainable L.A.” panel, puts it, "As the first, American post war city, Los Angeles has finally realized the limits of LA1.0. Angelenos are living in an exciting time as our 2.0 city quickly transforms itself from a city built around the automobile and limitless sprawl to a series of dense villages connected with mass transit, committed to sustainable growth and authentic to their location within the Los Angeles basin."

Keynote speaker Danielle Pieranunzi, LEED AP BD+C, and the director of Sustainable Sites Initiative will kick-off the event with a keynote and will also touch on Los Angeles. “With the world becoming increasingly urbanized, Los Angeles and other cities are becoming ever more essential as places to embrace design and development practices that provide quality outdoor spaces that are healthier places to live, work and visit. I hope that AltBuild participants who learn about the Sustainable Sites Initiative will come away from the expo with a better understanding of how they can play a part in approaching landscape design, construction and maintenance in ways that restore degraded sites and offset the negative impacts of development.”

Be sure to clear your calendars for Friday. There’s a lot to see and hear in Santa Monica.

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