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

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Deadline: December 31
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Thursday
Jun202013

Showroom: Math Meets Art

Anodized aluminum and high-tech machining methods allow Alexander Purcell Rodrigues to create a simple, elegant chair. Courtesy Alexander Purcell Rodrigues

These days, it seems as if 3D printing gets all the love. Hardly a day goes by without news of another development in the technique or a new product born from the process. It’s a revolutionary option—especially now as the devices becomes more accessible both in terms of price and software. But. Innovation in process and design is still alive and well in some more traditional areas.

A case in point is the new Cartesian chair from Alexander Purcell Rodrigues. The Los Angeles–based designer first made his name with the witty sake bomb and has expanded on that success with a series of ambitious and award-winning designs. His latest, the first entry in his Cartesian Collection, is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and is “designed to have as little material as possible,” explains Purcell Rodrigues. “It really is about the pure simplicity of the chair—we took it down to the most minimal form we could, which, with aluminum, you can achieve.”

It couldn’t have been done without the manufacturing know-how of Neal Feay, the Santa Barbara firm on the forefront of aluminum-fabrication technology for decades. For a piece of this type, says Purcell Rodrigues, “You need a substantial shop to pull it off. The chair was essentially designed because we had those capacities to build with.” Taking advantage of the specialized equipment at his disposal, Purcell Rodrigues was able to experiment and explore with the material and form, particularly on the textured elements. “To do it out of large piece of aluminum would be expensive and wasteful,” he says. 

The chair (it takes it name from the Cartesian coordinate system that forms the basis of CAD software—the program ultimately responsible for the creation of the chair’s ornamentation) is offered in a range of anodize colors and can be ordered with or without ornamentation. For those wanting to mix the machine-made with the organic, the chair will also be available with a solid wood leg in two choices: walnut or white oak. 

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