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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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Monday
Jun142010

Zero Net Energy Buildings Web Conference

This Thursday, June 17th, there will be a live web conference and teleconference at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM PT / 2:00-3:30 PM ET sponsored by AltaTerra.

Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings, which consume only as much energy as they produce on-site, are being developed and now mandated in the commercial marketplace. For instance, in the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, the state’s key energy agencies -- the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Air Resources Board – put forth an ambitious goal: by 2030 all new commercial construction will be zero net energy, as well as 50 percent of existing commercial buildings. These goals are reflective of an emerging trend toward low-energy building designs, guidelines and initiatives, including Canadian and German residential standards, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative.

In this web conference, Reuben Schwartz of AltaTerra Research, along with guest presenter and renowned building systems designer David Kaneda, Founder and President of Integrated Design Associates (IDeAs), will discuss the evolution and current state of net-zero buildings in the nonresidential marketplace, including definitions, key design trade-offs, ‘sweet spots’, and lessons learned from ZNE buildings in operation.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Friday
Jun112010

UNPLANNED: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale

John Briscella, “UGNB (Urban Gridded Notebook)” (detail), 2009SUPERFRONT LA is proud to present UNPLANNED: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale, the second SUPERFRONT LA exhibit of 2010. Just as the discipline of architecture faces a re-imagination of itself in this era of slow-motion global capitalism, the human population finds itself crossing the threshold to a predominantly urban existence.  Many of the basic tenets underpinning urban planning – Cartesian geometry, programmatic taxonomy, contextualism – have been subject to skeptical investigation and rebellion in architecture throughout the past decade. Yet conventional urban planning continues, the discipline of urban planning operating much as it has since the 1960s (if not the 1860s).  Leveraging an interdisciplinary focus, UNPLANNED: RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTS AT THE URBAN SCALE boldly presents a collection of radical methods for envisioning and producing space at the urban scale.

A group exhibit with more than twenty participants, UNPLANNED spans architecture, urban design, industrial design, conceptual art, and cartography to present an array of experimental work at the urban scale. UNPLANNED opens March 25th with reception 5pm – 8pm.  On view through July 2nd, 2010 at Pacific Design Center (PDC) Suite B208, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Thursday
Jun102010

Saturday June 26: City Listening II hosted by deLab 

Saturday, June 26th, is CITY LISTENING II, a very special annual fundraiser hosted by design east of la brea. There will be stories about LA by some of the leading design writers and most notable characters in the city. It will be an evening of free expression and generous libation in celebration of LA's design culture at large.

It's a short walk to the Spring Arts Tower after Dwell on Design for a fantastic show, food and drinks, a silent auction featuring art and design by members of the de LaB community, and - for the de LaB groupies and VIPs - an after party hosted at the Crocker Club by Los Angeles magazine's LA Circles Club.

Register HERE to buy tickets and find more information. Early bird tickets are available until June 10th.

Wednesday
Jun092010

Monthly Poll - LA City Plan Check Service - Better or Worse?

Wednesday
Jun092010

Lunch with Christoph Ingenhoven June 17th in Los Angeles, June 15th in SF

 SuperGreen: Net-Zero Energy Infrastructure & Sustainable Architecture Innovation

See, eat, and learn with renowned German architect Christoph Ingenhoven, a leading innovator in sustainable design and net-zero energy infrastructure. This lunch event (11am to 2pm) will be held in Los Angeles on June 17th. Register now to reserve a spot for you and your team.

Sustainable and ecologically oriented architecture is a negotiated agreement. The use of regenerative energies and resources like geothermal energy and rainwater, as well as intensive integration of daylight and natural ventilation of buildings, all play important roles in Ingenhoven’s design concepts. With a minimum consumption of energy and resources, his projects are also set to aim for the highest degree of utilization comfort.