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A Partnership of AIA Los Angeles and USC Architecture: BIM EDGE + BIM GAP
August 22–23, 2014
BIM GAP will feature presentations about the bridging GAPs between BIM tools (analysis, construction, facilities management, and more) and also bridging the GAPs between BIM people (contractors, architects, owners, managers, subs, consultants). Learn how professionals are dealing with these gaps towards realizing the full potential of BIM. Who do you call when you need BIM guidance? EDGE examines potential partners in working with BIM beyond your firm’s current capabilities: BIM coordinators, consultants, modeling services, others.

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.

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.

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.

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: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Wednesday
Jun252014

Book Review: Re-evaluating Rudolph

By Michael Webb

The Architecture of Paul Rudolph
. Timothy M. Rohan. Yale University Press, $65.

A well-researched, critical study of an architect who is in urgent need of re-evaluation. In 1963, Paul Rudolph was widely admired—for his leadership of the Yale School of Architecture, newly installed in his monumental building; for his light, airy houses and schools in Florida, and for his ambitions to renew American cities. He was seen as an iconoclast, experimenting with new forms and materials, and offering bold alternatives to modernist orthodoxy. He was unafraid to express himself, break the rules, and create an architecture of emotion. As Rohan writes, "Rudolph believed that every cantilevered beam, every twist of a passageway, and every bright orange carpet could awaken the creativity and individuality of a building's inhabitants and thus combat the monotony and conformity of postwar life."

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Wednesday
Jun252014

WEB EXTRA: SHOWROOM Spotlight: Tile Comes into Focus at Soli Architectural Surfaces

In the current issue of FORM, we include some maravelous tile installations featuring the work of Hallworth Design, Ceràmica Cumella, Granada Tile and Spec Ceramics. Today, to celebrate the debut of a new series we're calling Showroom Spotlight, we're highlighting some more great tile options, all from SOLI Architectural Surfaces.

For design professionals in Los Angeles, the company is a go-to source for stone, wood and concrete surfaces—not to mention a range of innovative and beautiful tile options. Possibilities range from stylish contemporary designs in porcelain and ceramic designs to reclaimed options that reflect founder Soli Besharat's interest in vintage materials.

Photo courtesy SOLI Architectural Surfaces.Among their wares are glazed porcelain mesh-mounted ceramic tiles from Hoshi, which come in a rainbow of color choices and can be mixed to create visually arresting custom installations that evoke textile designs.

Courtesy SOLI Architectural Surfaces.Isola Murano glass tiles are made in Italy and only available in the United States through Soli. The company produces the tiles in large rounds, which are then cut into square or rectangles, ensuring that no two tiles are exactly like. 

Courtesy SOLI Architectural Surfaces. Besides new designs, SOLI also carries an assortment of reclaimed tiles, such as colorful, patterned encaustic options and stunning, graphic triangular numbers crafted from metal. Despite their age, the latter bring a surprising, contemporary vibe to installations.

Tuesday
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. 

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Monday
Jun232014

Exhibition Review: Underwhelmed by the Venice Biennale

A recreation of the Do-mi-no house, Le Corbusier's conceptual design of 1914,stands at the entrance of the Central Pavilion at this edition of the Venice Binnale. Photograph Michael Webb.

By Michael Webb

Any pretext to revisit La Serenissima is welcome, and the Biennale offers a recurring excuse. It allows you to wander around the crumbling brick halls and still waterways of the Arsenale—arguably the most fascinating place in the city—and admire the zoo of architectural curiosities in the Giardini. The tide of mass tourism doesn't extend this far, though the obscenely large yachts moored along the quay are evidence of another kind of predator. This year's architectural Biennale was directed by Rem Koolhaas who insisted that it open in early June and run six months, as does the art exposition. Hopes ran high that his prestige and creative imagination would generate a memorable show.

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Tuesday
Jun172014

Wayback Wednesday: The Mayne Idea

Architect Thom Mayne's career spans over 40 years, and FORM had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the man behind iconic projects such as the one at the Cooper Union in Manhattan. Image via Wikipedia.

Over FORM's 15-year history, we've had the privelege and honor of speaking to some of the most compelling and accomplished architects and designers working. For this month's installment of our Wayback Wednesday series, which highlights some of our favorite articles from the last decade and a half, we're delighted to share an interview our publisher, Ann Gray, FAIA, conducted with Thom Mayne. As we pointed out in the original feeature, which appeared in our January/February 2011 issue, "Thom Mayne is producing work that is more relevant than ever." We're thrilled to be able to share what makes him tick.

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