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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Aug192014

FORM on Design: Emerson College's New LA Outpost

For a special guest post, Tim Braseth takes us on a tour of the new Emerson College campus designed by Morphosis. Image courtesy ULI-LA.By Tim Braseth

The new $110 million Los Angeles outpost of Boston’s Emerson College by Thom Mayne’s Morphosis Architects hosted a private tour for Urban Land Institute – Los Angeles members on July 10, 2014

Prior to opening the Sunset Boulevard facility, Emerson College leased space in Burbank where students were housed at the Oakwood Apartments. With the opening of the new building, Emerson is able to consolidate its student housing, administrative offices, classrooms, performance studios, screening rooms, audio and computer labs and auditoriums. It’s here where students now complete senior-level coursework and participate in internships in film, television, advertising, journalism and marketing.

The project is unique for clustering both high and low-rise buildings in a mixed use structure (residential, commercial, educational), and incorporates many outdoor conditions that posed unusual challenges to entitlements, permitting and inspections with the City of Los Angeles.

The building is comprised of a series of interlocking elements beginning with three levels of underground and street-level parking and retail space. This is topped by academic facilities in a multi-story free-form structure of glass-fronted spaces overhanging Sunset Boulevard that merge with open-air terraces that double as outdoor amphitheater and central plaza.

Over two hundred students live in co-ed suites in two towers of eight stories each, connected by bridges. Slated for LEED gold certification, the towers use passive cooling systems and operable windows to regulate the interior climate. Sunlight and solar heat gain is moderated by automated louvers which are computer-controlled by a roof-mounted weather station. The open ends of the building admit cooling breezes, with shade provided by the canopy truss. A communal kitchen, outdoor barbecue area, laundry facilities and fitness center bring students together on the terraced plaza, promoting a sense of community not previously possible in the Oakwood apartments.

The north and south tower facades are clad in Kynar-coated aluminum panels in a stack pattern framing the open ends of the cube. East and west tower facades are glazed curtain walls behind the automated louvers. The interior of the cube is clad in a scrim of folded Kynar-coated aluminum panels in 16 different repeating panels creating a dramatic, undulating sculptural effect which has become one of the signature features of the building.

The resulting effect of a hollowed-out cube of monumental proportions containing a jumble of contrasting shapes is reminiscent of Hollywood’s architectural heritage of large, boxy studio buildings containing fantastical sets of complex shapes within, except this time those sets are visible to the outside world. The shapes protruding from the Sunset Boulevard façade, breaking the plane of the cube, can be compared to the aliens bursting from the chests of astronauts in the Alien films. The grand arch effect also is reminiscent of the monumental sets for D.W. Griffith’s 1916 epic Intolerance, which stood a few blocks away and are now replicated in the nearby Hollywood & Highland retail complex.

The attitude of the “Emerson Mafia,” which includes Jay Leno, Norman Lear, Kevin Bright (Friends) and Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace) is best summed up by alum Denis Leary who said “This sucks, it’s so great. I wish I went to school here now.”

Tim Braseth is the founder of ArtCraft Homes. A version of this piece appeared on the ULI-LA's Web site.

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