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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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Mar122014

Building Your Business: Seeing the World, Part 2

Jennifer Chung, of EPT Design, visited gardens in Australia for her TREK—the company's innovative travel program for its employees. Image courtesy Jennifer Chung.A while back, we shared the story of EPT Design’s innovative TREK (Travel, Renewal, Exploration, Knowledge) program, the brainchild of the firm’s partners Nord Eriksson, Matthew Hall and Stephen Carrol. Each year, two firm members are selected via a competition. The winners are given a small stipend and additional time off to travel and explore. They come back invigorated and inspired and ready and willing to share the knowledge they’ve gained with their colleagues. Over the years, participants have traveled all over, from just up the coast to the Pacific Northwest and all the way to Australia.

For Brad Frankel, the inspiration for his TREK to The Netherlands was inspired by a playground project he had been working on. Research for the project had led him to exciting design developments there that he was eager to check out. Over the course of a week, he checked out nine different projects around the country. “It really was a life milestone,” he says, “to be able to travel at this point in my career and dedicate it to nurturing my interests.” He returned energized and with practical knowledge to use on future projects—everything from new playground surfaces to ideas to make park spaces less appealing spots for graffiti. 

Jennifer Chung’s TREK took her to Melbourne, Australia, motivated by an interest in exploring solutions to issues facing both the firm and community at large. In particular she was interested in checking out how Australian landscapes faced drought and attendant water issues, because “That’s the great design constraint that we face.” Among her discoveries while on her TREK, she found Australian gardens’ “ground planes were very simple, with intricate paving patterns and no middle ground,” she points out. “We do a lot of layering, but I didn’t see that in Australia as much.” Bold color also played a big role in the gardens she observed.

Frankel and Chung both point to the TREK program as emblematic of the EPT Design’s unique culture. “This is a place that supports gong out there. It’s not about being cooped up in building,” says Chung. “It’s about bringing inspiration back to your peers, sharing it and having a dialogue.” 

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