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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.

4th Annual Found L.A.
October 19, 2014
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the non-profit L.A. Commons (www.lacommons.org) will host its 4th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods, and its first based on a mayoral theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Program. Angelenos will explore the main arteries of neighborhoods around the city, developed and not so, and meet the people in the center of activity there.

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: October 31
Show Us Your Baldwin
Baldwin

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

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

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The FORM Questionnaire: A Conversation with Nathan Lee Colkitt

Architect Nathan Lee Colkitt talks with us about new paradigms and more. Courtesy Nathan Lee Colkitt.A couple of weeks back, we introduced you to architect Nathan Lee Colkitt and his work on the PUMA store in New York's SoHo district. Besides his work for PUMA, Colkitt, who founded his own practice in 2006, has made a name for himself designng retail, restaurant and residential projects. He's back here at formmag.net—this time with answers to some of our burning questions. And he's got one for you: Where do you go for barbecue?

What direction do you see the profession heading?

I try not to think about design or architecture as a profession. The term “profession” seems too dogmatic for how fast society, information and the economy are rapidly changing today. Professions are a dated paradigm from the 20th century. The question is: who are the individuals and groups creating and shaping the foundation of this century? Never before has information and communication been so powerful and ubiquitous, and yet simultaneously so meaningless. We see a world based on a paradigm of mass localization. A concept of local contextualization not based on geography, but by social networks and relationships. Overall, I see innovation that impacts lives as the core of our business model and the direction of the future. 

What buildings inspire you?

The Seattle Public Library, Kimbell Art Museum, and the Cartier Foundation in Paris are great examples of buildings that are socially and contextually relevant. Personally, I think these buildings function on so many levels that it makes me want to cry with joy! How can these places shine and be deferential, all in one fell swoop? To me this is the highest calling; to be a distinguished icon with grace and deference to what is all around.

Where else do you find inspiration?

I used to look outward at philosophy, critical theor, and theoretical science for inspiration. Now I look inward, even to the most mundane, pedestrian and primal entities and callings in life. I like to ask, “How even did you come into being?” or “What manifested you?” as the answer often lies within these items.

What are your three favorite objects?

The chair, the chair and the chair. The moment between reclination and supplication. Designers will never stop trying to put their signature on this moment. 

What do you collect (furniture, records, t-shirts, etc.)? 

I stopped collecting so that I can better live in the ever-present. Now, I’m completely schizophrenic and don’t have to worry about being sentimental. I used to collect chairs and vinyl. I had an audiophile with Eames coming out my ears but, it’s debilitating for a designer to collect things. You can never be truly present if you’re a collector. It’s not possible to be a collector and designer in the same body, unless you have a split personality. 

Who are some of your favorite young architects?

Joshua Prince-Ramus and Bjarke Ingels. Is that like saying I listen to Justin Timberlake?  

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

To follow in the footsteps of Brendon Grimshaw.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

That’s easy . . . reclaimed wood.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

Isn’t that an oxymoron? Like military intelligence? We think sustainability is not a trend in the sense that energy has always ruled our lives. As we go through an energy transition, how we consume as a culture has an effect on design. This awareness cannot be forgotten. 

10. Color—yes or no?

No question; color is our lifeblood. Without color I would not have a pulse. 

11. What are you reading?

Maurice Blanchot, The Infinite Conversation. I also enjoy to travel and love picking up local periodicals to see where real people eat, drink and play.

12. What are you wearing?

Common Projects. The best thing since sliced bread.

13. What are you eating?

I love beef rib BBQ. Do you know any good spots in your neighborhood?

14. Do you listen to music while you're working?

I stopped listening to music.  I find it distracting while working. 

15. Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Sketching is so much more fun and kinetic. It’s hard to imagine the ballet without a pen in hand. 

16. Social media—yes or no?

Yes, but it is addicting, is it not?

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