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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. 

 

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


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


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Wednesday
Apr092014

Outdoor Living: Seeking Shelter

Shelter Outdoors modular outdoor systems offer flexible, durable prefabricated solutions for outdoor living. Image via Shelter Outdoor. Spring is finally here and with it is the desire to spend as much time as possible outside (at least that’s true in our case). For clients, particularly hospitality clients, wanting to make the most of the season, Shelter Outdoor offers a great option—their Shelter system of pre-fabricated modular shelter systems. 

Thomas Bongaerts, the company’s COO breaks it down this way: “The whole Shelter system is extremely robust and thoughtfully designed; the extruded aluminum frame and stainless steel components are weather proof and designed for an easy installation. The pieces are built to snap and slide into each other (i.e., no extra work in the field cutting parts) so that when complete it proves extremely rigid. The basic system with motorized louvered roof has been successfully tested to withstand up to 100 mph winds.” 

The system can be easily customized, too. All that’s needed are architectural drawings of the space where it’s intended. Shelter Outdoor’s designers will configure a system to fit that area. Have a big space that needs to be covered? It’s not a problem—the units, which can be mounted or freestanding—can be sized to fit any space.

You also have the option of some snazzy add-ons to make things even easier and craftily extend the summer long into wetter, cooler, windier months. For those not in a dry, temperate climate, there are optional heaters and side screen walls. Rain sensors will automatically close the louvers, while wind sensors will automatically lower the side panels. And to keep things going into the night, LED lights can be mounted in the louvers themselves or in the perimeter of the shelter, so rain or shine, day or night, you can continue to revel in the outdoors. 

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