Architecture / Design, San Francisco

Architecture and the City

I just realized I should have posted about this before September 1. Sorry I’m a little late… but better late than never, right?

The American Institute of Architects is doing an awesome month-long schedule of lectures and events called “Architecture and the City”, all devoted to various issues in urban design and architecture, mostly in San Francisco, but some cover over parts of the Bay Area. Here’s a short summary, excerpted from the website:

Celebrating San Francisco’s unique built environment and design community, Architecture and the City is the first series of its kind in the Bay Area to feature architectural tours, film screenings, exhibitions, design lectures and more. Now in its fourth year, the month-long celebration engages members of the public, design enthusiasts and architects and designers with a deeper appreciation for San Francisco’s rich architectural and design community.

Sessions include walking and biking tours and lectures; some events are free, but others have admission fees. Some cool upcoming ones that caught my eye include:

  • Design of the new Federal Building at 7th and Mission (September 20)
  • “Walk to the Fire Line”, a tour of pre- and post-1906 architecture along Van Ness (September 22)
  • Tours of particularly green homes in the Bay Area (September 23)
  • A discussion of urban design, open spaces, zoning, and planning associated with the transformation of the Transbay District (September 26)

I’m not yet sure if I’ll be able to make any of the sessions, but if I do, I’ll definitely write about it on here. In any case, these sorts of events are a lot of fun for city planning geeks, so definitely check them out if you get a chance! Click here to access the website; there, you can download a PDF, which describes the events happening all month long.

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