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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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The FORM Questionnaire: Beatrice Girelli, Owner and Principal Designer of Indidesign

Beatrice Girelli's firm, Indidesign, has a large hospitality portfolio, which includes the Hokulani, a hotel on Oahu. Photograph Taggart Sorenson/courtesy Indidesign.

With a portfolio of globe-spanning hospitality projects, architect Beatrice Girelli has her finger of the pulse of world design, so we asked the Italian-trained owner and principal designer of LA–based Indidesign to give us her take on the state of design. Here, she shares her thoughts on the future of her profession, along with her thoughts on color—yes and no—and the objects near and dear to her heart. 

What direction do you see the profession heading?

Despite the current trends that have seen major companies merging or selling to form design conglomerates, I see ourselves staying true to our values and keep working to strengthen our individuality.

What buildings/spaces inspire you? 

Those that retain a strong architectural identity but manage to pay homage to their context at the same time.     

Where else do you find inspiration? 

Casually manifested design ingenuity.  Silence.

What are your three favorite objects? 

A small silver skull pendant that I wear every day. My passport. My AmEx.

Who are some of your favorite young architects/designers? 

Our team, whose average age ranges between 25 and 35. Jewelry designer Giselle Ganne and in fashion Gareth Pugh. 

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)? 

Punaka or Gangtey in Bhutan , at least part of the year.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy? 

Crotch drop pants.

Image courtesy Indidesign. What current trends will stand the test of time? 

3D printing, which will revolutionize all industry and the way we manufacture and conceptualize our designs.

Color—yes or no? 

Yes in our projects, less in my wardrobe.

Do you collect? If so, what and why? 

Not obsessively, but I love rings, and I have many. It could probably be considered a mini collection although I never thought of it that way.   

What are you reading? 

Right now, the last issue of Monocle.

What are you wearing? 

Casual but tailored, layers, high-low mixed together. Some my favorites are Rick Owens, Balmain, Zadig and Voltaire, Fiorentini and Baker for shoes.

What are you eating? 

Organic and local as much as possible. No meat. GF. 

Do you listen to music while you're working? 

Absolutely, we have a sound system throughout the office and it is the first thing to be turned on, before we even turn the alarm off.

Are you a sketcher or a computer person? 

Both, depending on the task at hand. I travel with a tablet—laptop  which offers the ability to merge the two.

Social media—yes or no? 

Yes as long as long you don’t give up on real physical social interaction.

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