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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
Fabric
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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Wednesday
May142014

The FORM Questionnaire: Talking to Glen Coben

For architect Glen Coben, of Glen & Company, romance is a timeless constant in design. At Carbone, a Manhattan restaurant, he and his team capture it perfectly. Image courtesy Glen & Company.This spring and summer, Glen & Company will see four of its hotel projects open (not to mention three more scheduled for next winter). With so much happening, we figured founder Glen Coben would be a perfect person to chat with about the state of architecture and design in one of our occasional q-and-a sessions. Here, the award-winning architect, and designer of hotspots Del Posto and Carbone, to name a few, shares his thoughts on architecture, design,family and the return of elegance.

What direction do you see the profession heading?

Our client’s expectations are rising as [are those of] the people who dine out or sleep out. We have to be better storytellers and continue to surprise and delight the guests. Specifically, I see a trend towards more luxury and a little more formality. Hopefully a return to elegance.

What buildings inspire you?

The ones that seem to break the rules. The Christian de Portzamparc building on 28th Street and Park Avenue South in New York City is extraordinary in how it is so sculptural. I walk around and am inspired more and more these days!

Where else do you find inspiration?

My daughter continues to bring me inspiration. It used to be that when she was something for the first time, I would try to see it the same way. Now it is in the trying to understand the how and the why. My team continues to inspire me . . . they are so passionate and committed to excellence. I am blessed to work with such talented people. Lastly, our clients are very inspirational. Chefs who put themselves out there blow me away!

What are your three favorite objects?

●      The golf ball that commemorates the first time I broke 80.

●      A photo of my wife and daughter taken the night of my wife’s 40th birthday. It was a hot night in the city and they look so happy!

●      A painting by NYC based artist Marco. I designed his shop and it was how he paid me!

Image courtesy Glen & Company.

What do you collect (furniture, records, t-shirts, etc.)?

Memories.

Who are some of your favorite young designers?

Right now, we have a bunch of new, young designers on our team. They are my favorites! I’m not really paying too much attention to others, but I have interviewed some very talented people recently.

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

Paris or Napa Valley.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

Thankfully, molecular gastronomy seems to have ended. It might be nice to never hear the term “urban oasis” again.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

Elegance, Romance. A place to cuddle. A place to watch. That’s why Hitchcock movies never get boring!

What are you reading?

The Boys in the Boat

What are you wearing?

Jeans and a t-shirt.

Coben's work extends to hotel design, including TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South. Image courtesy Glen & Company.

What are you eating?

I made an awesome shrimp with garlic last night and quinoa cakes.

Do you listen to music while you're working?

Pandora is always on. We start with Beethoven or Mozart in the morning and then switch to livelier stations in the afternoon and evening.

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Sketching! I have tons of Moleskins.

Social media—yes or no?

Yes . . . how else would I keep up on what my daughter is doing?

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