San Francisco. 2014 Architecture and the City Festival

Very last minute posting, but hope it helps to someone: (from Press Release of

Announcing 2014 Architecture and the City Festival

September 1 – 30 |

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 6, 2014) – The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design has announced the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the USA’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the monthlong 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 celebrate 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. Learn more about festival programs below and on

Festival Programs Preview

Opening Night Party

Images: Blu Dot © Matthew Millman

August 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
$15 General Admission | 21+ Only | Register
Blu Dot, 560 Valencia Street, San Francisco
A benefit for the Center for Architecture + Design

Join AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design for our Opening Night Party, as we kick off the festival with a salute to the many individuals, organizations, cultural institutions and nonprofits that help make the month of celebration, exploration and inspiration possible. This year, Blu Dot, designed by The Office of Charles F. Bloszies and recipient of 2014 AIA San Francisco Design Award in Architecture, will host the festive evening at its furniture showroom on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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Behind the Scenes Tours

Highlighting the collaborative nature of design in the city, behind the scenes tours explore the ways architecture intersects with the creative forces behind some of San Francisco’s latest noteworthy projects.

Image: 140 New Montgomery © Tim Griffith.

Sept. 3       Historic Schroeders
Sept. 5       Oliver Ranch
Sept. 7       Sightglass Tour + Tasting
Sept. 10     140 New Montgomery+Trou Normand
Sept. 17     8 Octavia
Sept. 24     Food + Design in Polk Gulch

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Walking Tours

Rediscover San Francisco’s unique neighborhoods with walking tours that explore the mix of layered history and contemporary design in our city.

Image: Local Mission Market © Naomi Fiss

Sept. 9       North Beach with Anne Fougeron and Mark English
Sept. 16     Dogpatch with E.B. Min
Sept. 23     Local Mission: Eatery, Corner + Market
Sept. 25     Imagining + Reimagining Market Street
Sept. 30     Nolli Plan SF Walking Tour: Exploring the Semi-Public Realm

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The popular festival film series is held each Wednesday at the San Francisco Public Library. The 2014 Film Series Curator is Catherine Nueva España.

Image: The Queen of Versailles

Sept. 3      Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
Sept. 10    Oyler House (2012)
Sept. 17    Detropia (2012)
Sept. 24    The Queen of Versailles (2012)

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Lectures convene leading minds on issues in architecture, design and urban planning. From design trends to addressing spatial challenges in the Bay Area, experts share their ideas, creativity and visions for our local built environment.

Image: Modernism and the Bay Area © Joe Fletcher

Sept. 3       Building a New Neighborhood: The Market-Octavia Area Plan
Sept. 11     Modernism and the Bay Area
Sept. 11     Dreaming Domesticity through Julius Shulman
Sept. 23     The Designer and the Chef 2.0
Sept. 25     Historic Sprawl: A History of California Suburbia

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Special Events

Image: PechaKucha: 7×7 in 20×20 © PechaKucha SF

Sept. 9       Who Designed That? 2.0
Sept. 16     GOOD Design SF
Sept. 19     Park(ing) Day
Sept. 23     PechaKucha: 7×7 in 20×20
Sept. 27     Open Design San Francisco

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Image: Home: My San Francisco © Julie Sadowski

6/7 – 9/18       The Valley / El Valle: Photo-Essays from California’s Heartland
9/1 – 9/22       1:1 Piero Lissoni
4/24 – 10/6     Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modern
8/22 – 10/31   Home: My San Francisco

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Family Programs

Image: Young Architects Workshop © Contemporary Jewish Museum

Sept. 7       Young Architects Workshop
Sept. 13     Leap’s Sandcastle Building 101 Class
Sept. 14     Family Gallery Adventures
Sept. 21     Collaborative Building Games

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Get updates on Architecture and the City festival programs and events! Follow the festival on Twitter at@archandcity and visit Architecture + the City on Facebook. The festival website,, has detailed program and registration information for the month.


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