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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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Workbook: Creating Moments in the New Tom Bradley International Terminal

Images inspired by classic Hollywood films will be some of the content playing across one of seven media installations created in part by Moment Factory when the new Tom Bradley International Terminal opens at Los Angeles International Airport in a few weeks. Image courtesy Moment Factory.“In the past,” says Sakchin Bessette, “travel was more of an adventure, about new discovering new places. Nowadays it’s all based on logistics and security.” For passengers headed through Los Angeles International Airport that has been particularly true. On most days at LAX, there’s a distinct feeling of being part of a poorly tended herd off to who-knows-what rather than a traveler embarking on a journey—even it’s just a quick business trip up the West Coast. There are high hopes, then, that when the new Tom Bradley International Terminal opens to the public in a few weeks, some of the allure of travel will come back, albeit tweaked for contemporary realities. 

If that is indeed the case, then Bessette and Moment Factory, the company he co-founded and where he serves as creative director, will have played a major role in improving the quality of the airport experience. The firm was tapped last year to be the executive multimedia content producers for the new terminal—tasked, along with with Marcela Sardi, of Sardi Design, and Mike Rubin, of MRA International, to create seven distinct, visually compelling media features for the building. “They’re there to enhance that traveler experience, placed strategically along the way,” explains Bessette.

The Moment Factory installations include four hours of original video content and the latest in high-resolution imaging and 3D effects. Technologies that react to people’s movements and real-time airport information were also incorporated. For the project, the team spent time in Los Angeles and immersed themselves in the culture (as they do on each of their projects). “You have to get in the mindset of the place—really researching it,” says Bessette. “We collaborated with local people including a director of photography we had shoot time lapse footage of Southern California landscapes.”

Perhaps the most compelling piece is the 72-foot clock tower that surounds the main elevator. “Some of the video is treated as an architectural piece,” says Bessette. “There’s photo realistic content so people look at it and see if it’s really there. We’re playing with the fact it’s physical." Images of wild animals, homages to the films of Busby Berkeley and Harold Lloyd, even viedo that reacts to people's movements in real time will play across its four sides.

Elsewhere, as passengers exit security they walk under the bridge and see images of Angelenos jumping in extreme slow motion to capture the freedom and joy of traveling. In baggage claim, in response to former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s request for a water feature, there’s two-story scree that features water elements also in extreme slow motion.

For Bessette, “It was wonderful to work within such beautiful architecture," he says. "The terminal is so beautiful and iconic—our pieces are a sprinkle adding to the amazing work.” 

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