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 ( 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. 







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International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

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2015 Diversity Scholarship

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Kitchen Design Contest
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WEB EXTRA: Workbook: Tile Files

Installed on a back splash in a kitchen by case540, Urban by pw.travelogue captures the iconography of cities on thassos marble tiles. It's part of one of the several new collections introduced by clé. Image via clé.

In FORM's current issue, we explore some exciting new tile designs not to mention some killer installations. Maybe it's becaue we were so intrigued by our editor-in-chief Alexi Drosu's great photos from Coverings a few weeks back, but we can't seem to get tile off the brain, so we've been on the hunt for more great tile designs, which we'll be sharing with you over the next few weeks. Up first is a group of recent collections from clé. They're so nifty and different, we had to share all of them.

For the urban by pw.travelogue collection, photographer Peggy Wong's stunning images of urban iconography are printed on thassos marble tiles to exquisite effect. Capturing everything from the Guggenheim Bilbao by Frank Gehry to Frank Lloyd Wright's design for the Manhattan museum, the collection is a limited-edition one and can be combined into collages for a stunning installation.

Urban and architectural elements captured by Peggy Wong's lens make up the dreamy pw.travelogue series for clé. Image via clé.Ruan Hoffmann's collection Postcards from Myself offers encaustic cement tiles (they can also be had in hand-lithographed or handpainted versions) drawn from the artist's own travels and loves. Unlike the more static patterns that mark many cement tiles, these are graphic and bold with an light, impressionistic feel. hey look great installed with just a single pattern or in a patckwork.

Postcards from Myself is Ruan Hoffmann's tile memoir of love and travel rendered in lively, abstract detail on cement tiles. Image via clé.

Deborah Osburn's Watermark series starts with unglazed porcelain tiles in a parchment hue. Then, they're dipped, stained, stroked and washed with indigo and gold verdigris pigments to create a dreamy, watery effect. Since they're handmade (and even handcut, leading to subtle variations in size) each of the tiles is totally unique, making for a rare and lovely design option. 

Unglazed porcelain tiles receive a variety of treatments with indigo pigment in Deborah Osburn's Watermark series for clé. Image via clé

Taking a rather dramatic turn, clé also launched a group of tiles by Osburn, this time inspired by Delftware. Hand-lithographed or hand-painted on limestone, depending on your preference (and budget), the tiles, appropriately-enough named 17th century, capture the feel of classic Dutch design. They come in six patterns and eight different colors, ranging from the traditional blue to more contemporary twists in pink, yellow, persimmon and teal.

Deborah Osburn's 17th century series for clé draws on Delftware for its inspiration but offers color options that are anything but antique. Image via clé.


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