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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.

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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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Wednesday
Apr162014

Workbook: Seeing Clearly in San Francisco

Marmol Radziner's design for the new Oliver Peoples store in San Francisco takes its cues from the city itself. Image Drew Altizer/courtesy Marmol Radziner.

Save for some immutable specifics—how eyeglasses are stored and displayed, how customers try them on and see themselves in them—Ron Radziner, of Marmol Radziner, had the chance to let his creativity range as he and his firm designed the new Oliver Peoples store in San Francisco. As he puts it, “It’s more about how you express the concept of the brand and the feeling.” 

Touring other locations, Radziner was struck by the clearly modern and clean feel of the existing shops, but the company sought another wrinkle in the design: They wanted Radziner to reflect a sense of place. What that meant, says Radziner, “was up to us to decide.” 

With the city as his jumping off point, he hit on the idea the sea. “We tried to speak to the beach, ships, maybe waves,” says Radziner. The wood, actually redwood lath that has been bleached to gray tones, wrapping around most of the store’s perimeter has a windswept quality and contrasts nicely with the ash cabinets.

Lighting was also important for the architect. “In San Francisco, because light is always an issue, there’s always a desire to make sure things feel warm and bright,” he says. “We wanted to focus the light on the eyeglasses and displays and let the wood glow a little bit. We didn’t want any dark corners.”

Of the end result, Radziner says, “It’s still modern in its sensibility. If we did another store together, we wouldn’t do this again. Oliver Peoples is a small enough brand that they can be specific enough to their location and do something that speaks to their local community.”

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