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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

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.

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.

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: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

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

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Workbook: Engineering Learning

Natural light floods one of the new classrooms at American River College. The new building, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, integrates the arts and life sciences. Image courtesy HGA Architects and Engineers.Visit almost any college campus, and it’s nearly always the same story: There are science buildings and there are arts buildings. They exist independently with little-to-no overlap. Take it one step further. Most of the classrooms have standard nine-foot ceilings covered with acoustic tiles and basic lighting, narrow corridors and faculty offices shoehorned in nooks and crannies around it. The new Life Sciences and Fine Arts Building at Sacramento’s American River College tosses out that old playbook. Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, the new structure is meant to foster interdisciplinary learning and connections among students and faculty.

The story of the building begins with some practical considerations. “There was a need for more art and science spaces, but they couldn’t be integrated into the existing facilities,” explains Creed Kampa, an associate vice president at HGA. “They saw it as an opportunity to bring the two departments together.”

In practical terms, bridging the gap between science and art informed an array of design decisions. The arts and science classrooms are dispersed throughout the building—not relegated to separate wings in the 12,000-square-foot-structure.

Faculty offices are arranged on the front of the building, making them more accessible and facilitating the interaction between instructors and their students. A corridor that gives access to the classrooms was purposefully widened to give students a chance to linger and communicate. The same logic applies to the built-in lounge seating and tables created for the students to congregate at before and after class. These spaces are intended to trigger casual conversations and, says Kampa, “the more of casual conversations you have, the more you spark innovation and ideas. We were thinking about about the total environment to enhance learning.”

To animate the spaces, getting light inside was a key consideration and one that presented challenges given the site: It backs up on the existing life sciences building. Justus and his team made the most of the challenge. Classrooms for art and fashion face were positioned on the north side to take advantage of the quality of the light. A space for shared rehearsal, where light was much less of a concern, was a natural fit for a spot against the existing science building. Elsewhere, classrooms that overlook an interior gathering space have generous skylights. 

“We created a dynamic space that feels good to be in and to create a setting for meaningful exchanges,” Kampa notes.

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