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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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Wayback Wednesday: Talking Water

James Garland's design for a water feature at the Hearst Building explores sound. Photo by Chuck Choi.As part of our Wayback Wednesday series of posts, celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, we're highlighting some of our favorite features from FORM's print edition. Today, we're sharing an interview our editor-in-chief, Alexi Drosu, conducted with James Garland, the founder and president of Fluidity Design Consultants, a firm specializing in water design. Below, he talks with Alexi about what drew him to water design, his sources of inspiration and how his approach has evolved over the years. He also touches on the future of "green" water design, a subject that has increasing and urgent relevance to those living in regions facing drought conditions of historic proportions.

What drew you to water design?

While doing my internship under Charles Moore, I was asked to freelance with a water design company. Water is very alluring, with special challenges and a seemingly endless opportunity for making mistakes. Between its beauty, significance, design potential and physical sciences challenges, I was captivated. In my mind, I crystallized in my thirties no longer as an architect but as a water designer.

Tell me about the evolution of water design and how it has affected your practice.

At the Alhambra, water was one medium of a multidisciplinary environment that included poetry, architecture, and landscape. In Rome, the great sculptors did fountains in sculpture. In the mid 1980s, there was the rediscovery of how zesty and visceral water is. Interactive experiences culminated at the big fountain at the Bellagio, a real highpoint in water as entertainment. Today, we’re trying to integrate a deep connection with architecture and art, still have the richness of the water of Rome, the refinement of the water of the Alhambra, and the superlative control of the entertainment era—we are trying to bring it all together.

What water features have affected you?

I saw the Alhambra and I was amazed at the level of mastery revealed in the tiny jets, the making of little ripples, the poetry of the reflectivity of the pools, the perfect proportions of the water and the spaces, even the architectural reveals. It’s not just the impressiveness of the idea; it’s how you get there.

Tell me about the sound of water.

There are famous mistakes you can make with sound. In the natural world where you have a beautifully lively stream, you hear high frequencies, low frequencies, medium frequencies. [It’s] the ultimate model for acoustics because it engenders a psychological response. It’s not just the sound, but [also] the changing sound. Something that changes is much more captivating than something that stays the same. The glass cascade for Norman Foster at the Hearst Building was an acoustical idea. Water does not just flow over the glass; it actually moves the flow rate from left to right. It sounds like a constantly changing natural event.

What are some of the innovations you are working on?

For the lobby of an office building in New York City for SOM, there will be a taut screen of silent, brilliantly sparkling water, with a transforming, silvery flow character. For a Design Center in Houston, we’ve created a black reflection pool with rectangular voids that periodically open up in the pool’s surface—later closing, from which glassy fans of water will stream up and back into the pool And in Cairo we are working on a rather grand aqueduct riddled with delightful flaws to leak beautifully.

Change seems to be a consistent theme in your work?

It’s a keystone idea for us. Motion design, transformation, the change of sound, the change of form. In Abu Dhabi, we are working on a program of ‘movable fountains’ for a multi-purpose space. There is this almost random composition so [it] is a constantly changing tablet. It seems that Dubai offers designers much freedom of imagination. It used to be that Dubai was a wonderful place to work because you could build a dream. Today, Dubai is not just a place to build dreams. It’s become a destination of the spectacular. You can’t just do something great; you have to do something stupefying.

Do you often play around with the medium of water?

It’s very rare. People say, do you want to do something with oil? Do you want to do something with mercury? These other mediums are interesting but they aren’t innocent. Why were fountains ever invented? The fountain has a purpose. It’s there to renew and refresh the visitor psychologically and in this renewal to get perspective on your life and your place in the world. Not all fountains do this, but the good ones all do.

What kind of materials are you using?

We look at materials, effects, technologies, [and] new products all the time. In the studio, there are little things everywhere, something we’ve looked at, tried to make something out of. It doesn’t always work but you’d be surprised how often we have success. We did a giant water feature in Dubai made of glass beads. They’re 80 feet tall and hang in a giant space and when the sunlight hits them they make prisms. We’re working on a new project in New York City and they wanted to do something that was visually amazing and made no sound. We did tests [using] differentscreens, made out of stainless steel and woven on these huge looms.

What will we see when it comes to “green” fountains?

There are a number of things we do today to be environmentally responsible and using rainwater is one of them. There have been ideas about using fountains [as] the chilling system for a building. Water features use a lot of energy, [so] our best technique is creating strong displays that don’t need the energy. We are reducing water waste and energy consumption, and we are moderating purification chemistries to be more sympathetic with the environment. But using solar panel, geothermal, even some kind of cell system—that’s all in our future.

 

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