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It's That Month Again

Ocean Beach Residence by Aidlin Darling Design, part of the AIA SF Home Tour on September 15


As a rule, Curbed does not publish events. But it's that month again, September, when San Francisco becomes something of an architecture tourist destination. As opposed to a sex tourist destination. A time when tours of the new Federal Building are are booked in advance. Where all month long, small predatory packs of people in slim black suits and even slimmer eyewear are seen around town, pointing, gesturing. In some cases, ridiculing. But that's another story.

Architecure in The City, a month long celebration of architecture in San Francisco with talks, tours and films. Don't forget the open house tours on September 15-16. Bicyclists get a discount.

Decisions, decisions: the same weekend, September 15-16, there's a self-quided tour of Eichlers in San Rafael, a number of which are in original condition or skillfully rehabilitated. Tickets available by clicking though Eichler specialist Marin Modern or directly with Hospice of Marin.

Maybe too late for this week, but doable: Thursday, fake a doctor's appointment, leave work at lunch, and drive up to Sonoma to honor gardening legend Thomas Church. Meets at Cornerstone Place for a panel discussion plus cookie break, then a tour of Church's seminal Donnell Garden at dusk, possibly followed by alcoholic beverages.

The Big Deal: Dwell On Design San Francisco, Dwell Magazine's second annual San Francisco design conference and exhibition, September 14-16. This year, very green, plus building community. Brilliant: free valet bike parking.
· Architecture and The City [AIA SF]
· A Tribute to the Dewey Donnell Garden [The Garden Conservancy]
· Cornerstone Gardens [Cornerstone Gardens]
· Dwell on Design San Francisco [Dwell]
· Eichlers Homes and Exotic Cars [Hospice of Marin]
· Born. Again. [Curbed SF]