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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.

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: September 12
2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

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

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May072014

FORM on Design: Emma Gardner's Poetic Fibers

Emma Gardner Design's new collection of carpets includes Nautilus. Each design comes accompanied by a haiku written by Gardner to describe her creative process. Image courtesy Emma Gardner Design.

Rugmaker Emma Gardner Design will be debuting three new designs, together dubbed Metamorphosis, at this year's ICFF. The result of two years of design and development, the new carpets take their inspiration from nature, Asian motifs and Modern art. Each piece also comes with a haiku, composed by Gardner herself, that offers further insight into their inspiration. We were intrigued by the designs and their literary bent, so we asked Emma to fill us in on some details.

What prompted the new collection?

It had been a year since my last collection—an understated one—and I wanted to create designs that were modern and full of bold, brilliant color. I can’t say that the designs were the result of a conscious undertaking; rather, they were a manifestation of the themes that were preoccupying me at that moment: natural elements and forms and a desire to play with their recognizability—or lack of it.  As a result, I came up with three designs that are pretty abstract but rooted in nature. Nautilus is a highly stylized version of the beloved mollusk, Rainy Day was born from my own photo of a rainy day moment and Organica was inspired by some bougainvilleas that I had also captured in a photo.

How does it depart from your other designs?

These designs are more experimental than past designs. This freedom is most evident in Organica and Rainy Day. I haven't tried this exact kind of organic exploration before—blowing up and completely abstracting forms, coloring them and treating them playfully, almost like a puzzle.  It was definitely a new approach for me. 

Organica is an abstract floral. Image courtesy Emma Gardner Design.

How does it complement existing designs?
I try never to repeat myself but I think I have a style that seems to show up no matter what I do. In that way, these designs fit in with what exists in our line. Also, all the colors come from our existing palette. There are so many permutations, though, that it's easy to keep the colors fresh without removing them from the family, so to speak.

Did the design process for this group differ from previous ones?

The design process is usually about the same: I have some ideas—thematic, graphic, stylistic, color-based, etc. —play with them, discard what's not working, keep improving on what is, bring color into the conversation to see where it leads the design and make sure the designs in a collection relate to each other in some way.

What's different here and with each new collection is in the nature of the themes being explored—I always learn from past efforts and bring cumulative wisdom to each project. That, and software is always changing so the designs that are significantly developed on the computer sometimes benefit from the new technologies.

Watery hues for Rainy Day. Image courtesy Emma Gardner Design.

The haikus? What inspired the pairing of the verse? Was it something percolating during the design process?

They actually started as a kind of joke. So often when I'm asked about inspiration I find myself groping for answers. Occasionally there's one clear source but often there just isn't. So much happens in the act of designing itself that the original inspiration may not even be relevant anymore.

So, it was almost in frustration that I started to pick adjectives and images and put them into the familiar haiku structure. I don't take them seriously as poetry but it was engaging and so much fun! And I discovered that with the haikus, I could define and express the essential nature of the designs much better than I could with a pieced together version of what did or didn't truly inspire me to begin with. Stay tuned for more, I hope!

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