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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deadline: October 31
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Baldwin

Deadlne: November 30
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International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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Jun062013

Set Design: An Exclusive Chat with Photographer Jenny Okun

Jenny Okun's photographs are the backdrop for LA Opera's production of Dulce Rosa. Image courtesy the Broad Stage.After reading Michael Webb’s review of Dulce Rosa, a new LA Opera production at the Broad Stage adapted from Isabel Allende’s story “Una Venganza,” a few weeks back, we were intrigued about not just the opera. His description of the set, on to which Jenny Okun’s hypnotic photographs are projected, piqued our interest. So we went right to the source to find out more about Okun’s process of creation.

The project took shape over several years—a collaboration that included Okun, her husband, Richard Sparks, and Lee Holdridge. “Lee, Richard and I talked about all the possibilities for years,” recalls Okun. “Then I started working on the images when we got the go ahead with the LA Opera. Richard and Lee worked out the story, then Lee wrote the music, then Richard and Lee edited and refined both story and music together, as I was out roaming the globe to get the shots.”

Roaming the globe in this case for Okun meant crisscrossing Latin America to capture images that would create a mood and tone evoking a South American country in the 1950s. Her travels took her to Costa Rica and Peru, where, in order to get a shot of the docks in Lima, “I needed to hire a car to get into a dangerous area but couldn’t find one,” she says. “Eventually, a driver said he’d drive in one street and out another but wouldn’t stop. I had to roll down the window and shoot from there.”

Once she returned, Okun spent another four months making artworks from the photos she took (ultimately, for the opera’s 14 scenes, she wound up with 200 image changes). “We brought Yael Pardess [the media art director and set designer] into the mix and decided on which images to use,” Okun reports. “She then designed the wall shapes and windows, and I then spent another couple of months rejigging all the images to work with the wall designs.”

Then Okun and the team workshopped the opera three times with singers, piano accompaniment and Holdridge’s digital orchestra tracks, which gave her the outline of the opera to work with as she painstakingly edited and arranged the images to create the final projections. 

In the end, says Okun, “I spent 1,500 hours over two years working on this project.  I have listened to the opera at least 700 times, and now when I see one of my images in the studio, I hear music.”

There’re still two performances remaining at the Broad Stage: Thursday, June 6, and Sunday, June 9. Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica is showing Okun’s photographs from the performance through July 9. 

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