AIAsf - Architecture and the City Opening Night Kick-Off

AIAsf - Architecture and the City Opening Night Kick-Off

Sep 6, 2007

Longtime reader Dana recently sent us a report from the trenches. Take a look!:

After seven years of South Bay commuting, I'll soon be trading in ocean conservation for a whole new field: architecture. I've got three weeks to push all the science-speak out of my brain and try to shove in as much new information as possible in an attempt to avoid any disastrous faux-pas in front of my new colleagues...

...I could not have chosen a more fortuitous month to be transitioning to my new job. In September, AIAsf hosts Architecture + the City, a month-long celebration of our city's long-time love affair with architecture. With design lectures, home tours, two big conferences (Dwell on Design and West Coast Green), film screenings, and behind-the-scenes tours, it's all so easy, it feels like cheating on my homework.

I started things off with Assignment #1: Find out if architects know how to throw a party.

Dzine in Potrero Hill hosted the opening night kick-off party for architects, designers, and design junkies just like me to preview the month's coming events. First things being first, it must be said that Dzine is stunning. Furniture, kitchen & bath fixtures, lighting and accessories, all tastefully laid out in a spacious showroom. The bathtub is so awesome they had to put a sign on it imploring us not to climb inside. It's a great place for a party and everyone is having fun on this San Francisco summer night.

A highlight of the evening was chatting with Karen Jackson, program director for West Coast Green. The weekend-long residential building conference bills itself as the largest green building expo in the country, and with 270 exhibits and 250 speakers, I don't doubt them for a second. Speakers include Michelle Kaufmann, who will also be showcasing the mkLotus modular home in Civic Center Plaza during the exhibition. [See our post here for more information.]

Not to be outdone, Dwell on Design promises to deliver a three-day extravaganza on modern design, sustainability, and smart growth, centered around the theme of building community in the modern world. The exhibition will highlight new materials and products, prefab, green building, landscape design, outdoor living and more. I'm looking forward to the prefab installations by weeHouse, kitHaus, and Modern Cabana. Check it all out at the Concourse Exhibition Center, Sept. 14-16. [See our post here for more information.]

After a few drinks, a couple of run-ins with some (not fake!) cactus, and some late-night cheese pizza, it seems obvious that yes, architects do a party up right. After spending the night mesmerized by all the event has to offer, I'm frightfully overscheduled but could not be more ready for my next homework assignment, notebook and camera at the ready!

Next up: The new Catherine Clark gallery, and a behind-the-scenes look at South Park architecture firms.


[Click here for more information on Architecture + the City.]

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