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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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Wednesday
Nov062013

Events: Celebrating and Preserving Architecture in Los Angeles

This weekend, the LA Conservancy hosts a walking tour of Downtown LA's Arts District. Also on for weekend is LA Forum's ForumFest 2013, honoring architect Michael Maltzan. Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy.This weekend is a big one for architecture and design lovers in Los Angeles. On Saturday, November 9, The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will host its annual fundraiser, ForumFest 2013. This year, the honoree will be architect Michael Maltzan, and the event will be held at Inner-City Arts, a building of Maltzan’s own design. 

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Getty Launches 'Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.'

Photo Credits: Julius Shulman (American, 1910–2009) Department of Water and Power Building Corner with Fountains, 1965 Gelatin silver print Sheet: 25.4 x 20.5 cm (10 x 8 1/16 in.) © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute 2004.R.10.51The Getty invited a distinguished list of media and art luminaries to the historic Studio A in the Capitol Records building in Hollywood earlier this week to announce Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. The next installment in the Pacific Standard Time branded exploration of Los Angeles and Southern California design culture will be more modest, with eleven exhibitions and accompanying programs in and around Los Angeles scheduled for spring 2013. The Pacific Standard Time Presents event will continue the momentum of 2011’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945–1980 events, which included exhibitions and programs at 60 arts institutions across Southern California. The momentum carried by Pacific Standard Time is very real: according to a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Art in L.A. generated $280.5 million in economic output and supported 2,490 jobs with total labor income of $101.3 million for the Southern California region.

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Monday
Dec032012

This Weekend: Tour the Carver Apartments by Michael Maltzan Architecture 

Carver Apartments image via Zev's BlogThis weekend, deLaB (Design East of La Brea) will host a tour of the Carver Apartments by Michael Maltzan Architecture. Since they were completed in 2010, the Carver Apartments--the second Maltzan project for the Skid Row Housing Trust--have been celebrated for innovative design benefitting the large homeless population of Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for the tour (available here) will cost $20 to tour the 97-unit supportive housing complex, with proceeds benefitting the Skid Row Housing Trust and deLaB.

In a bit of PR-serendipity, deLaB isn’t the only Los Angeles group that has focused  on the community-driven work of Michael Maltzan lately. The blog of LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky last week published a long, detailed account of Maltzan’s growing portfolio of work for the Skid Row Housing Trust, the most recent example of which is Star Apartments at 6th Street and Maple Avenue in Downtown LA. Zev’s Blog sums up this latest ambitious effort, which will begin installing units this month, as “a project that will graft pre-fabricated housing units onto an existing, multi-use single-story building at 6th Street and Maple Avenue. A new ‘structural tray’ atop the original building will support the network of 100-plus studio apartments being trucked in from a factory in Idaho, while also forming a kind of outdoor mezzanine with community gardens, jogging track, basketball court, yoga platform and shared kitchen, laundry and computer room spaces.”  So, fans of prefab, keep your calendars open for tours of Maltzan’s latest contribution to the welfare of Los Angeles when that project is complete spring or early summer 2013.
The Star Apartments. Rendering via Zev's Blog.

 

Sunday
Jun242012

42nd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards

Ports O' Call Complex (Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Business Council)The Los Angeles Business Council recently hosted the 42nd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards to honor Los Angeles-based projects ranging from Best Museum to Best Affordable Housing. The awards congratulated innovative design to 33 separate projects from the previous year. In addition, 2012 marked the first year to present the “Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award” to design students attending one of eight Los Angeles institutions. This year’s winners belonged to a team from USC for their design to revitalize the Ports O’ Call Complex at Port of Los Angeles.

Star Apartments (Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Business Council)Star Apartments won the “Under Construction” category for its impressive combination of LEED Platinum certification, mixed-use development, and 102 units of affordable housing. Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. designed the structure in partnership with Skid Row Housing Trust and Westport Construction, Inc.

The business council awarded the Grand Prize to LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion, Ray’s Restaurant, and Stark Bar. The project is part of LACMA’s Transformation Phase II, which incorporates the original building’s central plaza and creates a “town square” atmosphere within the complex. Renzo Piano Building Workshop collaborated with Gensler to design the stunning travertine space with trademark red, decorative punctuation.

Tuesday
Apr102012

Finalists Announced for National Mall Design Competition

Michael Maltzan Architecture + Tom Leader Studio for Sylvan TheaterThe Trust for the National Mall has opened an exhibition showcasing the finalists in National Mall Design Competition. The competition, launched last September, asked designers to redesign areas near the Capitol, Washington Monument, and Constitution Gardens in the nation’s capital. According to an article by the Associated Press, the hope is to have one of the sites—either Constitution Gardens or the area near the Washington Monument—complete by 2016.

A jury recently picked four finalists for each of the three sites, paring down a field of 32 teams. Organizers will select a winner for each site in May, but are currently seeking public comment to help make their decisions. Among the distinguished finalists emerges a West Coast connection—including LA-based firm Michael Maltzan Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the firm responsible for the Broad Art Foundation, which is coming soon next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Bustler has a complete list of finalists, including the design boards for each finalist.

The Trust for the National Mall must still meet the funding requirements for the lofty ambitions of the competition. According to the AP, “The nonprofit National Mall group aims to raise $350 million to help restore the mall, beginning with one of these sites. Former first lady Laura Bush joined the fundraising effort last year, and the group committed $875,000 to the design competition.”

Diller Scofidio Renfro + Hood Design for Sylvan Theater