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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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Aug272013

Designing the Future: A Conversation with Brodie Neill

The Supernova table, part of Made in Ratio's debut collection designed by Brodie Neill, has already been lauded in design circles. Image courtesy Made in Ratio.Launched just this spring, Made in Ratio has quickly begun making a name for itself in the design world. The London-based company's Supernova table garnered a Product of the Year Award and the firm itself was heralded as Newcomer of the Year at the Mixology Awards, work in the contract field. The collection started off big, with creative director Brodie Neill creating a range of seating, lighting, tables and storage that play with color, form and material. Today, we're delighted to share Brodie's thoughts on becoming a designer and his design process as part of our series highlighting younger designers. If you're in London next month for the Design Festival, Made in Ratio will be showing at designjunction. Stop by and check out the pieces. 

What inspired you to become a designer?

It was a gradual evolution rather than a sudden awakening. I was always creative and building furniture was a passion of mine as a teenager. I loved learning about how things went together and then reworking them. The decision to pursue a career in design was a natural progression from what I loved most. It just made sense. 

Describe your aesthetic in 3 words . . . 

Organic, sculptural, tactile. The designs are visually provocative but also engaging to the user.  

Where did you learn your craft? 

I grew up in Tasmania and studied product design there with a very hands-on, artisanal approach. The emphasis was on being a designer-maker and producing your own designs. You learned how to bring your ideas into being along the way and that’s stayed with me. As my designs are quite experimental in form, they are also quite experimental in how they’re made. As you design the form you’re also designing the process. I also did a master’s degree in the US and studied more digitally. Being able to explore complex 3D forms and virtual depth really expands the imagination. It’s good to learn how what you see on screen will sit in a physical space. 

Made in Ratio's Creative director Brodie Neill. Image courtesy Made in Ratio.

How did Made in Ratio come about?

Made in Ratio came about after a series of conversations between myself and a colleague about starting a new kind of design company. Made in Ratio offers an opportunity to take a collection of designs right through from inception from production.We’re aiming to deliver intelligent design directly to our customers, unencumbered by industry conventions. A lot of my designs really do re-think the production process and often that sort of engineering task involves a bit of head scratching and extra thought. Sometimes when you’re challenged the end result is more interesting. 

Can you give an example of that from the launch collection?  

The plywood chaise and chair go beyond what is expected of a plywood piece. We experimented with folding it in on itself to make entirely self-supporting, organic shapes. It took quite a while to find a production partner who would take on such a project. Fortunately we found someone who was as adventurous as us. People are often reticent to move beyond what they already know.

What sets Made in Ratio apart from other design brands? 

Our approach is what differentiates us from other design studios. We follow things to the Nth degree to seek perfection. Hard sweat and toil are involved. It’s almost like the design goes further because it doesn’t just stop at an idea. It actually is seen through the entire process of prototyping, production and design. Recently, We’ve been really toiling to get a lamp right, going through every component, laboring each bit. We tried to rush the last piece and we looked at it said ‘no, no. The bottom bit’s got to be as perfect as the rest.’ And then, of course, we started re-evaluating the whole thing from the top down!  

Who are your design heroes?

I always admire people who work tirelessly to achieve perfection, like the Eames’.  

What do hope your design legacy will be?

I hope Made in Ratio will become known as a source of well designed, innovative, beautifully made pieces that push the envelope in terms of what furniture can be. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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