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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.

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.

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: 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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Jun242014

FORM Tech: Refined Sketch

Bohemian Coding's Sketch 3 offers a slick new update to its popular application. Image via Bohemian Coding. Bohemian Coding has released the latest version of its award-winning graphic design application, Sketch. Defined as a “simple interface with powerful tools,” Sketch supports formulation of icons, websites, and interfaces through a transparent, straightforward layout. 

Available for $79 and developed exclusively for Mac, Sketch utilizes many of Apple’s frameworks including harnessing the new, crisp Retina display, the rendering capacity of Quartz, and saving functions such as Auto Save and Versions. Work additionally saves in sync across multiple Mac computers through iCloud, and Web and iOS design templates come standard with the download.

The application is vector-based, allowing for efficient precision that easily adapts to any layout, style, or sizing changes made. The vector tools utilize basic shapes as their foundations and allow for the combination of these shapes to produce more complex ones that are easily integrated with an updated array of layer style options including shadows, fills, gradients, and blending and remain editable throughout the process.

With the upgrade comes a simpler, single-window interface that displays each object in the Layers list instead of in hidden paths. The customizable tool bar offers a place to control dimensioning, opacity, and blending for each object. It allows for easily reusing elements such as buttons, bars, and icons to which changes are made automatically across all copies. Shared layer and text styles also update across all layers, as typefaces and colors are detected.

The Grid Tool is set square and is made adjustable by default, and allows for easy duplication, spacing, and sizing of elements. The Smart Guides tool also eases alignment and centering tasks.

Exporting is reduced to a single-click process as multiple sizes and formats simultaneously export without slicing, even when designing for HTML. Artboards, with an increased number per page, are made more flexible due to their integration with exporting.

Also new to Sketch 3 is its Presentation Mode, enabling the user to display designs on full-screen mode while hiding controls. Bohemian Coding’s Sketch Mirror also previews designs on iOS devices while the user works on them.

Previous bugs have been fixed, including misplacement or disappearance of pasted and edited text, possible crashes during exporting, pasted images appearing in the wrong artboard, and inaccurate snapping with the vector tool.

Sketch has been applauded for its manageability and a reduction of the complicated, tedious processes that are demanded by other applications. For an experience that places its heaviest priority on design, Sketch 3 is available.

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