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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.

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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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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Sep122013

FORM Tech: Great Apps for Architects and Designers

Sifting through all the apps out there all can be quite a task—you could spend days just finding the right kitchen timer. For our architect and designer readers, we know your time is short, so we’ve compiled just a few apps that can not only improve your productivity around the office but also provide some much needed inspiration (not that you need any). So take a moment to peruse a digest of options out there. Even better, many of our suggestions are free and available for both iOS and Android devices.

AutoCad 360

Formerly known as AutoCad WS, AutoCad 360 is an app that allows you to view and edit both 2D and 3D .dwg files making collaboration a breeze. The app is available across different mobile platforms, so you can take your work with you wherever you go. The AutoCad website also includes a list of tutorials that range from creating an online profile to embedding the application within your own website. It's also possible to export your work as .pdf or .dwg files and share them via email.

Houzz

Even the best of us can use a little visual inspiration every once in a while. Houzz, the online bible for design ideas, has its very own mobile app full of images that can be saved to your own ideabook. In addition to having purchasing information for every featured item, the app also includes yellow pages used to find contractors, designers and other professionals for potential collaboration. With over one million downloads, there are plenty of people ready and willing to share their ideas with the world.

GoodReader

Described by many as one of the best apps available, this handy little tool allows you to open virtually any file that comes your way. You can easily annotate .pdf files that are then sharable via email, or view a video that was sent to you by a friend. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents are all supported and files can be synced through services like Dropbox and Skydrive.

Morpholio

Carrying around a carefully constructed assemblage of your latest and greatest creations can be absolutely terrifying. Fortunately, this app allows you to group your work in a series of "collections" viewable by clients and others. The images within a particular collection can come from your camera library, Dropbox account or Morpholio profile, ensuring that your work stays undamaged at home.

Buildings

There are so many beautifully designed buildings around the world that it's impossible to see them all, but what about the architecture in your area—the city you're visiting or your next vacation destination? In an attempt to bring you the best architecture, wherever you go, OpenBuildings has extended its online architecture database to mobile devices. Get directions, view photos, write comments and tell your friends about the exquisite buildings around you.

Magic Plan

This is a very powerful app that allows you to generate a floor plan for a particular room by simply snapping a photo of each corner, large or small, within the area. Several smaller floor plans can then be combined to create a layout for an entire home. Have furniture in the way? Not a problem. Continue around the room as if the furniture weren't there, and let the app take care of the rest. You can also label each room and add symbols that indicate things like bathrooms, plumbing, furniture and much more.

Philips Hue

In conjunction with their Hue light bulbs, Philips has released an app that controls the color your bulb creates. You can choose from simple cardinal colors or go with something a little more obscure that you saw in a photograph by using the built in color selector. You can also choose from different "light recipes" meant to increase relaxation, concentration and energy. 

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