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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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Tuesday
Jan172012

FXFowle, CO Architects Announce Joint Venture Firm

The Renaissance Tower in Istanbul, rendering courtesy of FXFowleNYC-based architecture company FXFowle and Los Angeles-based CO Architects have announced a joint venture firm that will be known as CO/FXFowle. According to a press release on the new joint venture, the two firms will retain individual identities and operations while pursuing and completing projects together. CO/FXFowle is already one of three firms participating in a competition to design a new building for an educational institution in New York City, according to the same release, although further details about the competition are yet to be announced.

CO Architects has a practice focused mostly in academic, healthcare, and civic projects—including the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, the East Building of the Salk Institute in San Diego, and the Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The HSEB was awarded with a citation in the Next LA category of the 2010 AIA| LA design awards.

FXFowle most recently made news as the designer of a 606-foot (44-story) skyscraper in Istanbul,  described as the “eastern gate to the city,” which will be known as the Renaissance Tower. Past projects for FXFowle include Eleven Times Square.

HSEB Arizona rendering courtesy CO Architects

Thursday
Jan122012

Steven Ehrlich, 2011 Maybeck Award Winner

Zeidler Residence, Aptos, CA (Photograph by Matthew Millman)Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, founding principal of Ehrlich Architects, was awarded the 2011 Maybeck Award late last year by the AIA California Council (AIACC). The Maybeck Award (named in honor of the late Bernard Maybeck) was awarded for the first time in 1992 and has been awarded to such famous architects as Thom Mayne (2007), Frank Gehry (1997), Raymond Kappe (1995), and Joseph Esherick (1992). The Maybeck Award recognizes outstanding individual achievement in architectural design over an extended career.  Ehrlich is the 14th recipient of the Maybeck Award. Ehrlich Architects has won eight National AIA Design Awards and was named 2003 Firm of the Year by the AIACC, under Ehrlich’s leadership.

Ehrlich’s career has evolved a evolved a unique philosophy called Multicultural Modernism, based on Erlich’s conviction that architecture should respond to the specificities of site and local culture. For those interested in waht's next for Ehrlich Architects, recent commissions include: the John M. Roll Federal Courthouse in Yuma, Arizona; a LEED Platinum (pending) Residence Hall for Pomona College; the LEED Platinum (pending) University of California Irvine New Media Arts Center; and numerous single family homes in California, Texas and Dubai. The firm also won the international design competition for the new Federal National Council Parliament complex for the United Arab Emirates in early 2011.

700 Palms Residence, Venice, CA (Photograph by Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai)

FNC New Parliament Building Complex, Abu Dhabi, UAE (Rendering by bioLINIA)

ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication (Photograph by Bill Timmerman)

675 West Kendall Street Biotech Research Laboratory, Cambridge, MA (Photograph by Ed Wonsek)

Friday
Dec302011

David Chipperfield Appointed Director of Architecture for Venice Biennale

Image by Chouca via Wikimedia CommonsThe La Biennale di Venezia has selected UK Architect David Chipperfield as the event’s Director of the Architecture Sector. Chipperfield will curate the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, which will be held in Venice at Giardini and Arsenale, from August 29 to November 25, 2012 (a preview will be available from August 27-28).

The following is from the Venice Biennale’s announcement of Chipperfield’s appointment: “After a series of Exhibitions that illustrated the many different ways of approaching the theme of architecture in the contemporary era (sociological, technological, urban), it appeared useful to turn to an architect who demonstrates great interest in architecture as a discipline and raises questions about the elements of which it is composed, about the objectives it pursues, about the constraints that affect it, about the tools that it uses to shape places, spaces, buildings. The next Architecture Exhibition will be characterized by the emphasis on a series of relationships that connect great architects and younger generations that refer to them. This Exhibition will represent a major opportunity to bring both the general public and the world of architecture up to date.”

Chipperfield had a big year, also winning the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects earlier this year. Below are a few examples of Chipperfield’s designs:

The Hepworth Wakefield
West Yorkshire, UK
Completed 2011
(Image by Mike Kirby via Geograph UK)

America’s Cup Building ‘Veles e Vents’
Valencia, Spain
Completed 2006

Museum of Modern Literature
Marbach, Germany
Completed 2006

Wednesday
Dec282011

Inside the Eric Owen Moss Architects Studio

Jefferson Tower image via ericowenmoss.com

Eric Owen Moss aficionados and design bloggers designboom recently paid a visit to the Eric Owen Moss Architects Studios in the Hayden Tract of Culver City and came away with a great set of photos of the vast assemblage of ribboned high rises and other conceptual models on the desks of the studios. The image above of the Jefferson Tower (or the Glass Tower, as designboom calls it) is the only high rise currently approved for South LA (more information about the project is also available here). If built, the tower would be a fetching addition to the generally 40-foot high South LA architectural landscape. Maybe forward motion on the tower is something to hope for in 2012?

Tuesday
Dec202011

Morphosis Wins International Competition for Eni in San Donato Milanese

A team lead by Morphosis Architects and including Nemesi Studio (architectural design partner), Setec TPI (structures designer), Setec Batiment (plants designer), and Pasodoble (landscape architect) has won an international competition for the conceptual design of the new Eni Exploration & Production Business Center in San Donato Milanese, Italy. The project will mark Eni’s first foray into San Donato Milanese.

The competition included 50 original entrants and ten finalists from the international design community. The competition tasked entrants with a concept design for the new Exploration & Production Business Center for Italian oil and gas company Eni. The new center will have an area of 65,000 square meters, including 60,000 square meters of office space and 5,000 square meters for services.

Besides materials and angles typical of Morphosis, a large central courtyard is perhaps the design’s most striking feature, evoking the public square as the centerpiece of this massive private business center. The Business Center is expected in time for the 2015 Milan Expo.