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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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Jun112014

SHOWROOM: New Wallcoverings from Trove

In its newest collection, Trove features wallcoverings mined from sources ranging from Paleolithic painting to 20th-century cinema. Grotte, one of the new designs, incorporates painting techniques found in some of the earliest painting ever unearthed. Image courtesy Trove. French Baroque architecture. North American forests Gabriel García Márquez. Film. Paleolithic painting. For Trove’s newest collection of wallpapers, which debuted last month at ICFF, the company’s founders, Jee Levin and Randall Buck, mined an awe-inspiring breadth of sources to create designs that complement the firm’s existing range.

“We are always exploring uncharted territory for us as designers with each new collection, whether that be in concept or technique,” Levin explains. “I would say the spring collection was more of an affirmation of our fundamental aesthetics. Considering we are still building our vocabulary we very much saw this collection as a declaration of Trove so that people would see it and recognize the brand through the design.”

Rinceau offers a witty take on 18th-century French architectural elements. Image courtesy Trove.

Allee takes its inspiration from the film Last Year at Marienbad and features a photographic repetition of a dreamy landscape and marked by classical formality. Another landscape-inspired design, Trace, which was introduced late last year and also debuted at ICFF, renders a forest to appear as a city skyline. Rinceau falls into a classical vein—grounded in the architectural moldings of 18th-century France. Suichuka and Maconda offer a more intimate feel with their whimsical foliate designs.

Of the new releases, Grotte pushed the partners furthest as they adapted an ancient painting technique (raw pigment is forced through a straw), used in the caves of Lascaux and Chauvet, for the design. “Grotte was a lot of fun to create,” says Levin.  “As designer,s we are always looking to keep the design process inspired. The unpredictable is of great value to us. We never know what the end design will be. For us the unexpected elements of the process are just as important to the design as the elementary concept.”

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