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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.

Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

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.

Case Study & Site Tour
October 2, 2014
Steven Ehrlich will discuss his elevon designs at an Urban Land Institute Los Angeles event at elevon at Campus El Segundo. He will be joined by representatives of the development and leasing teams.

Docomomo US Tour Day 2014
October 11, 2014

Docomomo US is pleased to announce the full schedule of Tour Day, one of the largest national programs devoted to the appreciation of Modern architecture in the United States. Set to take place on October 11, 2014 and throughout the month of October, this year’s event includes more than 50 tours planned in 21 states and 37 individual cities and brings together 17 Docomomo US Chapters, 5 Friend Organizations, in addition to architecture and preservation organizations, architects, historians, designers, and enthusiasts. Hosted by many of the leading preservation voices, Tour Day 2014 events will offer something for everyone.


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 (www.lacommons.org) 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.

ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference
October 23–24, 2014
DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community through the combined support of the research networks of the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.

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

Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadline: October 31

Show Us Your Baldwin
Baldwin

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

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

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Workbook: A Different Vision 

Reclaimed wood serves as the unifying feature across the three floors of Stripes Group's new Manhattan offices, designed by ICRAVE. Photography by John Muggenborg © 2013/courtesy ICRAVE. “If you’re not happy kicking around ideas with your friends at seven pm, this isn’t the place for you,” is refrain heard often around the offices at ICRAVE, a Manhattan design firm known for its hospitality work. As with most creative firms, the company’s offices emphasize collaboration and cooperation with an open plan to facilitate the free flow of ideas. Recently, Ken Fox, the managing partner of Stripes Group, a private equity firm in New York, asked ICRAVE to bring some of that spirit into their new Manhattan offices.

“Most of these firms are in Midtown or Downtown,” says project manager Mitchell Streichhirsch. “They’re in high rises with a central elevator core. You see the same office over and over.” In contrast, the new Stripes Group office was slated for space in the Meatpacking District, much removed from the city’s traditional financial hubs. It was also slated to occupy three floors of a newly-constructed building.

The spaces' design balances high design with the needs of a financial industry firm. Photography by John Muggenborg © 2013/courtesy ICRAVE.


For the space, “we took the different programs that go into the work day and broke them up into unique areas,” says Streichhirsch. In practical terms, it meant assigning each floor a particular function. The third houses the bullpen area—“a youthful and energetic” space. It follows an open plan where the younger members of the staff are within eye- and earshot of one another, so ideas can be tossed around thick and fast. The designers hung custom bikes on the walls, and the carpet tiles have a bold, dynamic pattern. Acoustical panels hang from aircraft cables and tubular lights run in the channels between.

One floor above are spaces geared toward visitors. There’s a reception desk, two conference rooms and smaller meeting areas. Though the team took many of their cues from designs geared to more creative pursuits, “there had to be some semblance of seriousness,” says Streichhirsch, but he and the team tweaked it. “We left the concrete floor exposed and polished it,” he explains. “It creates a feeling of raw space and lent some history of the neighborhood to it.” Work by Leroy Granisand and Hans Van Der Meer hangs throughout, and the furnishings mix sophisticated contemporary pieces with a few midcentury modern notes to play off the more industrial elements.

The executive contingent fills the fifth floor, which features a dramatic installation of tubular fluorescent lights, one of the first in North America to include the product. They can be seen from the street below and create an effect that signals something “is happening there,” says Streichhirsch. Reclaimed wood from old city water towers defines the space, as it does on the other floors, providing a unifying element.

“Ken was very trusting,” says Streichhirsch. “He created a different breed of private equity firm and wanted you to know when you walk into Stripes Group, it wasn't another private equity firm. “They’re forward-thinking, youthful, risk takers, and he the design expresses that.”

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