September 1-30, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 3, 2011) - The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and Center for Architecture + Design present the eighth annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival showcasing tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, family programs and more. Taking place every September 1-30, the month-long celebration offers individuals an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the local architectural community, explore the crossroads of planning and contemporary culture, and experience design in a myraid of ways throughout the city.
This year's program, centered around the theme Architecture of Consequence, will continue to demonstrate the positive impact architects and designers make on our communities, enhancing sustainability, promoting creativity and increasing our collective quality of life. An extension of Architecture of Consequence - Dutch Designs on the Future, orginally conceived by the Netherlands Architecture Institute in 2009, the Architecture of Consequence: San Francisco exhibition introduces new work by four Bay Area firms and provides the conceptual focal point of the 2011 festival. A series of collaborative discussions and dynamic workshops exploring topics from holistic engagement strategies, to community planning processes, flexible urbanism, alternative energy cultivation and interdisciplinary design will also be presented in conjunction with the show.
With the inclusion of over forty programs and special events, Architecture and the City will provide many opportunities to view and rediscover the city from a different perspective. The San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend, which returns September 17-18, gives participants an exclusive look into some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out. Take in films that spotlight the built environment, the architectural profession and cutting-edge design or attend lectures by renowned architects and designers. Behind the scenes tours, including sailing tours along San Francisco's changing waterfront and food and design tours of some of the city's hottest restaurants will also be a part of the program. AIA San Francisco will be announcing the winners of our Constructed Realities Design Awards at a special celebration party at Tres on September 6 as well as screening the winning films of our short film competition - Architecture Is on September 28.
The Architecture and the City festival has been engaging members of the public and design enthusiasts, as well as architects and designers, with a deeper appreciation for San Francisco's rich architectural and design community since 2003. Presented in collaboration with nearly 100 different organizations who contribute to our city's creative vitality, this year's Architecture and the City is sure to include something inspiring for everyone.
For more information on the full line-up, visit: www.aiasf.org/archandcity.
Architecture and the City Opening Night Party!
Swing the night away at the San Francisco Design Center as AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design celebrate the opening of this year's festival. Throughout the evening participants can preview some of the 2011 Architecture and the City festival programs and catch a glimpse of the homes to be showcased during the 2011 San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend.
This popular weekend showcases modernism at its finest and features a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and distinctive San Francisco residences. Participating firms include Addison Strong Design Studio | Andy Rodgers Design Studio| Feldman Architecture| H+H Creative| John Lum Architecture| John Maniscalco Architecture| Kennerly Architecture and Planning| Kwan Henmi Architecture Planning in collaboration with Fougeron Architecture| MaK Studio| Studio 12 Architecture.
Click here for more information on this year's featured homes.
Immerse yourself in an array of San Francisco's hidden gems - everything from historic buildings and emerging neighborhoods to glimpses of the city beneath the city.
City on the Edge: A Sail Along San Francisco's Changing Waterfront (2 LUs)
Over the last thirty years, as the City's downtown grew towards the water's edge, new uses have established themselves in previously industrial areas along the Embarcadero. Today, the Port of San Francisco oversees a myriad of maritime, commercial and public activities. Join Dan Hodapp, Senior Waterfront Planner of the Port of San Francisco, and Bonnie Fisher, principal of Roma Design Group, to see how San Francisco's historic northern waterfront is being transformed into a series of connected public places and public spaces. Following a presentation at the Port of San Francisco, participants will board the Ruby and sail along the waterfront to further understand the evolution of our City's shore.
Other Behind the Scenes Tours include:
Celebrate San Francisco's diverse design talent and culinary richness as we explore the intersection of design, craft and the local food movement.
Craft top to Bottom: Art, Building and Food (2 LUs)
This field-trip style event examines the SOMA-based restaurant Bar Agricole, the result of a unique artist-designer-client relationship and winner of the coveted James Beard Award for Interiors. The tour begins at the Mission district studio of Nikolas Weinstein, where he will describe the technical challenges of designing the seemingly weightless glass sculpture that floats above restaurant diners. Next stop is the restaurant, where architect Joshua Aidlin will discuss how the design took inspiration from the sustainable agricultural roots of the restaurant's menu. Mark Rogero will then discuss the vast potential of concrete and the many forms explored in the restaurant, from poured in place and precast to the complexities of sensual ductal concrete. Lastly, Thaddeus Vogler, owner of Bar Agricole will speak about the artisanal food and drink menu, his intentions behind the restaurant's concept of farm to table, and how the inclusion of local artists and craftspeople has enhanced the sense of place.
Other Food and Design in the City Tours include:
On these weekly tours, use all your senses to explore San Francisco's pedestrian streets - as well as their evolution and tradition - as only a pedestrian can.
Then and Now - Pier 70 (1 HSW)
Join us for an intimate look at San Francisco's industrial past as we explore Pier 70. This tour will look at the site's history as a shipyard, its importance in the development of steel shipbuilding in the United States, as well as its role in two World Wars. Preservation and future reuse of what one authority called "one of the most intact 19th century industrial complexes west of the Mississippi River" will also be discussed.
Other Walking Tours include:
This year's film series has been graciously curated by Chris Gee and Lee Schneider and is generously supported by the San Francisco Public Library and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, The American Architectural Foundation, CNA Insurance Companies and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company.
Design for Good: Shelter (2011) and Citizen Architect (2010)
The evening will begin with an informal conversation between the filmmakers Lee Schneider and Richard Neil of Shelter and John Peterson, Founder and Executive Director of Public Architecture. Following, the work-in-progress edit of Shelter will be screened. Focusing on reconstruction in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, it's an inspiring look at how a world community of architects and designers join relief workers to create design solutions in the context of community building. The night concludes with the screening of Citizen Architect. Revealing the philosophy and heart behind Auburn University's Rural Studio, the documentary is guided by never-before-seen interviews with the late architect Samuel Mockbee and perspectives from other architects and designers. Their dialogue infuses the film with a larger discussion of architecture's role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, social change and citizenship.
Other Films include:
The Center for Architecture + Design invites you to enter Architecture Is... our first short film competition. Young or old, architect or accountant, architecture means something different to each of us, and we want to hear what it means to you! Is it the beams and columns that hold up your home? Is it the way a skyscraper makes you feel like an ant in the city? Or is it how the built environment makes you move through space? Share your thoughts with us by submitting your three minute film to our YouTube channel! Deadline for entries is September 8.
Led by Fred Clarke of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, this evening's panel will discuss the visionary Transbay Transit Center project and its potential to reshape both downtown San Francisco and the Bay Area's regional transportation system as a whole. The $4.2 billion project will replace the current Transbay Terminal at First and Mission streets in San Francisco with a modern regional transit hub connecting eight Bay Area counties and the State of California through 11 transit systems. The Transbay Transit Center will also create a neighborhood with new shops, homes, offices and parks, including a 5.4 acre public park on the roof of the bus and rail station.
Other Lectures and Workshops include:
Architecture of Consequence: San Francisco
Join AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design in welcoming Ole Bouman, Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, for opening remarks and a provocative exploration of the changing role of architects and architecture in contemporary society.
At the dawn of the 21st century, the human race faces a number of colossal challenges. The economic crisis, food and energy shortages, decreased leisure time and weakened social cohesion impact our lives in new and astonishing ways. While these challenges are daunting, they represent significant opportunity for new design solutions and value propositions. Broadening the notion of value to include long-term social benefits creates new space, both mentally and physically, for fresh ideas and new perspectives.
In an effort to advance critical dialogue with the international architectural community, we are delighted to announce a unique collaboration with the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI). In 2009, the NAI presented the Architecture of Consequence - Dutch Designs on the Future exhibition. Over the past two years it has been presented in multiple locations around the world. This latest incarnation, in San Francisco, is the first to add content to the exhibition, with the inclusion of new work by four Bay Area architecture firms. In doing so we hope to advance this innovative agenda and reveal how architects can practice in new ways that reinvigorate the field and reposition architects at the vanguard of social change. From modest interventions to utopian visions, the firms participating in this ground-breaking exhibition express an admirable confidence in our shared future. The result is a unique portfolio of progressive design strategies and demonstrable evidence that architects hold the creative vision needed to reshape our future.
Other Exhibitions include:
Adventures in Architecture at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Come and discover new ways of experiencing your relationship with the city and built environment through an interactive tour of the CJM's redesigned historical building. Interactive tours will include scavenger hunts, creative movement exercises, material investigations, and design challenges with recycled materials! Learn how art and architecture can impact your everyday life, and see how you can bring your very own building "to life!"
Mayor's Forum: What is Your Vision for San Francisco's Built Environment?
Should the city be denser? Is the city building enough affordable housing? How can the city balance desires for preservation with changing urban needs? Join San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King and leading candidates for Mayor of San Francisco in a roundtable discussion of their views of the City's design future.
Other Special Events include:
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