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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.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: September 12
2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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May092013

The FORM Questionnaire: A Conversation with Brooks Atwood

The multi-talented, multifaceted Brooks Atwood talks design. Courtesy Brooks Atwood.A few weeks back, we introduced you to new work from Brooks Atwood, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at NJIT and principal of POD Design. Besides focusing on product design, Atwood has collaborated on notable art installations and even has a design for a new prefab house on the boards. Today, as part of our on-going series of conversations with architects and designers on their inspiration, philosophies and favorites, we're talking to him. As you might suspect, his take on his profession is witty, thoughtful and occasionally irreverent—just like his body of work. 

What direction do you see the profession heading?

I see the profession headed into using more hybrid prefab systems of building and construction. A hybrid system allows for customization with mass produced objects/parts/components while maintaining efficiency and costs.  Another trend is the-big-idea architecture is dead (or this will be a trend shortly). Speaking of hybrids, there’s a new trend to combine two of more systems to enhance building efficiencies, reducing costs and also creating totally new forms that are more sustainable and less energy dependent.

What buildings inspire you?

The Seattle Public Library, Kukje Art Center, Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Marina City, Crown Hall, Auditorium Building, Falling Water.

Where else do you find inspiration?

I find that if I surround myself with curiosities (things I’ve picked up at flea markets and while traveling, and then I curate them by juxtaposing things that shouldn’t go together like red coral next to a black rooster taxidermy) that these objects inspire a whole vast galaxy of new ideas and innovations!

What are your three favorite objects?

My Japanese Higo Knife by Best Made, Samsonite vintage brown briefcase (hardbody) circa 1970’s, and my uber cool, midnight blue shades that also have a social conscious, aka Spencer by Warby Parker.

Who are some of your favorite young architects?

Dominic Leong of Leong Leong, Matthew Hufft of Hufft Projects, and William Prince of PARC Office.

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)?

I would live in Couvent Sainte-Marie de La Tourette.  It’s a monastery designed by Le Corbusier back in the late 1950’s.  I was lucky enough to stay here for about a week when I was drifting (aka dérive) around France. It’s a magical place and my favorite building of all time. I frantically ran around sketching every corner of this building during the day, and at night would have dinner with the monks. Brilliant! I was even an English translator for the tours.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

Fake curtain walls (aka Frank Gehry). With all the technology at our disposal, curtain walls can DO more, can THINK more and can BE more.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

One trend that will stand the test of time is the hyper-functional and intelligent forms of OMA. Rem Koolhaas is pushing boundaries and challenging standard conventions and doing it in a way that shows that architecture can be powerful and sublime at the same time. 

Color—yes or no?

Yes! Layer color with texture & pattern. Think rug-on-rug action combining/mixing patterns and textures.One of Atwood's newest designs—the Sylki Chair. Image courtesy POD Design.

What are you reading?

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. It’s about how to travel in space and all the things that NASA made up along the way into space. It’s fun, funny and terrifying at the same time.

What are you wearing?

A full beard (authentic), blue corduroys (Uniqlo), untied black high top sneakers (Zara), an old man cardigan sweater (unknown origin), a gray herringbone blazer (J. Crew Men’s store) and black leather driving gloves with red trim by Dents.

What are you eating?

Organic everything – salmon and lots of spinach and broccoli, a cortado (espresso drink) is a must, and my favorite sweet+salty brownie for desert by BakedNYC.

Do you listen to music while you're working?

Yes!  70 db has been scientifically proven to be the level of background noise that creates the most creative environment so we always have music on all day, everyday.  Creativity is king and music is essential! 

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Sketcher—the faster and crazier the better.  I sketch everything (ideas, furniture, more ideas, random weird thoughts, product ideas, etc). I never stop sketching; you shouldn’t either!

Social media—yes or no?

Yes. I love Twitter and concise information about things and trends I care about.  It’s like digital caffeine; drink it up! 

 

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