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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.

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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
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Thursday
Jun272013

Showroom: The Art of Simplicity

A new light from the German firm Schneid can be customized by swapping out the shade. Photo courtesy Schneid.For the last few years, Niklas Jessen, who trained as a carpenter and studied architecture, and Julia Mülling, who studied languages before turning her attention to lighting, have been designing graceful, contemporary light fixtures for their firm, Schneid, from their base in Lübeck, Germany. Each of the young duo's designs, which now number over a half dozen and are primarily made of wood, speaks to simplicity and purity of form. With the Eikon, their newest design, they continue their investigations of elemental forms.

The new light, a pendant fixture, “consists of a turned-ash wooden head and a removable, interchangeable metal shade,” explains Mülling. A simple description, it belies its inherent, elegant complexity. The ash head, with its bold grain, lends a subtle, patterned element to the piece, while the powder-coated shade offers a sleek contrast in the shape and material. What makes the fixture all the more interesting though, is the ingenious shade design. All you have to do to swap out the shade is give it a quick twist. It’s attached via a system of magnets so you (or your client) can switch things out to match the season or even your mood.  

Down the road, Schneid plans to introduce additional shade colors and shapes, upping the fascinating exploration formal possibilities. There’s also a lamp with a silicone base in the works that pushes Jessen and Mülling’s material investigations further.

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