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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.

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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Deadline: September 2
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2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
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Deadline: December 31
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Wednesday
Jan082014

WEB EXTRA: Workbook: The Dumpling Connection

Architect Anthony Poon placed an exhibition kitchen at the heart of Din Tai Fung, a new outpost of the beloved dumpling house. Image courtesy Poon Design. There’s no shortage of amazing Chinese restaurants in the Los Angeles area. One of the standouts—the one that requires serious strategic planning in order to score a table—has to be Din Tai Fung. Of course, when you went to its two San Gabriel Valley locations, it was all about the food. The surroundings were an afterthought. Happily, outstanding dumplings and compelling architecture have come together in the company’s newest outpost in Glendale, just north of Los Angeles.

“Their only direction was modern Chinese,” says Anthony Poon, of Poon Design, the architect responsible for the new space. “It could mean anything—they didn’t want a Panda Express Chinese restaurant or a Disneyland Chinese restaurant with dragons and red and gold curtains. They wanted it to feel Asian but not feel transported back 2000 years, so it was a pretty open approach.”

For the space, Poon had to create a presence on the street, so the façade is entirely glass, allowing passerby to see into the bar and dining. Perhaps more importantly, he created an exhibition kitchen at the center of the vast restaurant. “The dumpling kitchen is critical, because no other restaurant has such an event,” Poon explains. “It really is an art form. Open kitchens are created to present something to diners, and Din Tai Fung has something so unique to present.” In fact, it was “the craft of the dumpling that drove the overall design,” he notes.

The restaurant is a testament to material honesty and customization. All of the furnishings were designed or significantly modified for the space. Throughout, Poon used elemental materials, one of the few other directives of his clients, so there’s stone and wood—not synthetics pretending to be. He also “stuck to elemental qualities of architecture,” he says, so classic forms, screens, among others, play a critical role in the design. In a contemporary twist, modern fabrication techniques came into play, in some cases, water- or laser-cutting the screens.

Poon has another Din Tai Fung in the works, in Orange County at South Coast Plaza. Like the Glendale location, “it’s about craft and capturing the artistry of the dumplings,” he says. “It’s about combining the old and the new, in this case, the old way of cooking and architecture that goes back thousands of years with some new ideas in architecture and design.”

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