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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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Aug012013

Workbook: The Music of Architecture

Bamboo arches, designed by Portland State University Architecture students, form the threshold at Pickathon, a three-day music festival held just outside the city. Image courtesy Portland State University.Summer. The season of outdoor festivals and, it seems, innovative, temporary structures that seem to capture the fleeting pleasures of the season itself. At Pickathon, a three-day music event held just outside of Portland, Oregon, the two have converged. It all started last year, when the director of Portland State University’s architecture program, Clive R. Knights, and Zale Schoenborn, one of Pickathon’s key players, began talking about engaging PSU students in a design-build project for a structure that would serve as the event’s main entry point.

Enter Travis Bell, an assistant professor of architecture, who teaches design and sustainable architecture at the university (he also happens to be a regular PIckathon attendee). “We started brainstorming about how it would take shape in the fall,” explains Bell.  “In the winter studio class, we began to look at gates or thresholds and came up with the conceptual designs.”

By the time the summer term rolled around, things kicked into high gear. That studio class, which included a number of veterans from the winter session, started poring over the initial concepts, using those as a jumping off point and zeroing in on some of their most promising principles.

What followed is an evolution Bell describes as a magical: “We went through a consensus-based design process. The students shared their thoughts, had discussions and did a lot of drawing and modeling. There was no vote, and they all had ownership of the process.” At the end of three weeks, the students had a final design—and were simultaneously harvesting the bamboo for the structure at a local nursery.

With the festival opening today, the site has been transformed into a small city with people, lights and generators. A few weeks ago, though, it was an open field, where “we parked ourselves and started building,” says Bell. “Some students even camped there.” Once on location, the project evolved somewhat based on input from the festival organizers, as well as the reality of the site’s conditions and the condition of the bamboo itself (most notably that it got stiffer as it dried). 

The completed structure serves as a powerful counterpoint to the fabric installations that serve as one of the key visual elements at Pickathon. As the design of the structures took shape, “we wanted to do something sympathetic to them but wouldn’t mimic them,” says Bell. To that end, the bamboo has something of the sensuousness of textiles but still registers a solid materiality. The first structure festival-goers enter is a series of twisting, curving, wrapping arches composed of bundles of bamboo. The organic feel of the initial experience yields to “a more formal geometry,” says Bell, in the shape of an oculus that spreads out in waves.

In the end, "We wanted to make sure that it didn’t feel like people dropped off bamboo and built inutuively," says Bell. Instead, the finished structures balance a lyric sponteneity along with a structural rigor—almost like music. 

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