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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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Deadline: August 18
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Formabilio


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


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
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Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Feb192014

FORM on Design: The Mobile Home Reimagined

The newest addition to Canoe Bay, a resort in Wisconsin, is the ESCAPE, a fully mobile home that throws the old playbook out the window. Image via Canoe Bay.The words “mobile home” conjure up a pretty specific set of images, and they’re not necessarily pretty. Sure, Airstreams are wonderful, but you’re more likely to see something big and boxy lumbering down the interstate rather than something sleek and silver. Enter architect Kelly Davis and hotelier Dan Dobrowolski, the guiding force behind Wisconsin resort Canoe Bay, who have set out to change those expectations with ESCAPE.

Canoe Bay, for the uninitiated, is located in picturesque, if remote, corner of northwest Wisconsin—Dobrowolski’s family boasts a century-long connection to the area. The inn and cottages that dot the property all share a Prairie Style vibe that fits perfectly with the lakeside setting and cater to a clientele seeking rustic yet elegant experience in nature. Looking for a new challenge, Dobrowolski and Davis began exploring prefabrication, with the idea of creating something beyond the typical mobile home.

Davis and Dobrowloski began the design process over a decade ago with the idea that, “We wanted it to look like a house,” says Davis. With design and technical research prohibitively expensive, he and Dobrowolski decided “to shoot from the hip,” he recalls, as they played with a design. After an initial burst of activity, they put the project on hold and then revived several years later.

The eventual design, now welcoming visitors, turns the idea of a mobile home on its head. As far as looks go, ESCAPE is in a class by itself. It looks like a traditional cabin, complete with a generous porch that can serve as an additional seating or sleeping area. Instead of metal, the diminutive structure (measuring just 399 square feet) features cedar siding and LED lighting. Its appliances are also full-size in a departure from traditional mobile homes. “This is like an adult playhouse in the backyard,” says Davis. “It has all the creature comforts we as adults have come to enjoy and expect.” 

Initial response to ESCAPE has been enthusiastic and is inspiring more designs. “We’re looking at changing materials, making it look more urban, more sophisticated,” says Davis. “We’re also working on a smaller iteration of ESCAPE. It will be extremely mobile and can be parked in backyard and hauled on weekends or set up at resorts and used seasonally. There are all sorts of ideas.”

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