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Fun with Advertising: Architecture and The City Announced

Dare we post two videos in one day? The American Institute of Architecture's SF chapter (AIASF) just dropped the schedule for this year's Architecture and the City festival via this YouTube PSA. Let's just cut to the chase you're all wondering about: The grand San Francisco Living: Home Tours Weekend is September 13-14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Architects of note include Aidlin Darling Design's Matarozzi/Pelsinger Builders, David Baker + Partners' Baker Residence, and a Laidley Street residence by Zack/de Vito Architecture, among many others. Full festival schedule and home tour listage after the jump. Press pass, oh how we love you so.
· AIASF 2008 Architecture and the City Festival [AIASF]

Architecture and the City Launch Party!
August 29, 6:00-9:30 pm
Room & Board, 685 Seventh Street, San Francisco

Join AIA San Francisco, the Center for Architecture + Design and all of the participating sponsors and cultural institutions for a grand party that kicks off the Bay Area’s first and only architecture and design festival.



San Francisco Living: Home Tours Weekend
September 13-14, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Various San Francisco neighborhoods

This popular weekend offers an inside look into distinctive residences in San Francisco. Showcased projects range from state-of-the-art single-and multi-family residences to affordable housing developments. Participating firms include Aidlin Darling Design - Matarozzi/Pelsinger Builders; Terry + Terry Architecture – Choy Residence; Zack/de Vito Architecture – Laidley Street Residence; David Baker + Partners, Architects– Baker Residence; Walker Warner Architects – Pacific Heights Residence; Herman & Coliver Architecture – Salvation Army, The Jewish Home; Thom Faulders Architecture - Deform House, among others. Visit for more information.


City Beautiful to Civic Center - September 6, 1:30 pm
Offering a comprehensive exploration of the Civic Center Historic District—one of the finest ensembles of Beaux Arts architecture in America—this tour explores why that style prevails here, and also covers local artwork.

A Walk Along Broadway - September 13, 1:30 pm
View Victorian homes along Broadway (including the “Mrs. Doubtfire” house) and numerous stunning Classical Revival buildings, including two of Silver King James Flood’s former mansions.

Beyond Union Street: A Walk Through Cow Hollow - September 20, 1:30 pm
Explore the early years of Cow Hollow through the distinctive architecture of the neighborhood—from the early dairy farms, roadside inns, Victorian houses and mansions to the grand art deco apartment buildings that replaced them. The walk showcases residential and commercial architectural styles from the 1850s to the 1920s.

Walk the Fire Line: Van Ness Avenue - September 27, 1:30 pm
Visit the 1906 fire line and compare the post-1906 architecture along Van Ness Avenue with the few outstanding pre-quake survivors. This tour addresses how the area, after the earthquake and fire, evolved from being a grand residential boulevard to a high-style commercial row created to showcase that latest of modern conveniences: the automobile.

San Francisco Walking Tours - Every Tuesday in September, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Walking tours to include Downtown, Mission Bay, Japantown, Presidio and Cavallo Point.


Golden Gate Bridge Behind the Scenes Tours
As one of San Francisco's top landmarks and most visited tourist attractions, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must see destination for an estimated nine million spectators every year. In addition to those who come to admire the beauty and architectural detail of such a towering structure, another forty million people commute across the bridge each year. Be one of the special few to have the opportunity to view the Golden Gate Bridge from a behind the scenes perspective.


Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
In collaboration with AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design screen classic, contemporary and documentary films that celebrate the built environment, the architectural and design professions and the ever-mythical architect's ego.

September 3: Brilliant Simplicity, Metropolis Magazine

September 10: Learning from Bob and Denise

September 17: Views of San Francisco

September 24: Design e2: Academy of Sciences


The Architect's Forum
September 11, 5:30-7:30 pm
Join us for this educational panel to learn more about the design, construction and overall costs related to the homes showcased in the 2008 San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend.

AIGA presents Vivian Rosenthal
September 4, 7:00 pm
Adobe, 601 Townsend Street, San Francisco
Vivian Rosenthal and Jesse Seppi, 2001 Columbia Architecture graduates, are the founders of Tronic. Their work moves between film, animation, architecture and experiential design. Come hear how these visual futurists are boldly combining architecture, graphic design, film and animation through new uses of technology to create striking and conceptually based work.

Additional lectures include:

# Integrated Project Delivery Salon Series: Relationships, Rewards and Risks for Integration

# Meeting the 2030 Challenge Salon Series: Passive and Low Energy Building Systems

# Sustainability Workshop 101 for Homeowners/Renters

# How to Renovate Your Historic Home


Urban Re:Interventions
August 25 -October 26
Opening Reception September 5, 6:00 pm
AIA San Francisco/Center for Architecture + Design Gallery
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

Urban Re:Interventions explores perspectives on the urban environment through the lens of architects, designers, landscape architects and urban guerillas. From small scale moments at the street level to large scale imagineering of the city of San Francisco as a whole, this exhibition will re-envision how awkward spaces can be made beautiful.

San Francisco Living: 2008 Home Tours Architects
September 13-14, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Matarozzi/Pelsinger Builders Inc., 351 11th Street (at Folsom), San Francisco
This exhibition celebrates the 2008 San Francisco Living: Home Tours architects and homes by taking an in-depth look at the unique residences on the 2008 tours--all from the architect's perspective.

September 18+25
Hosted at some of San Francisco's select restaurants, Dining by Design gives participants the unique opportunity to be a part of an engaging conversation between restaurant owner, architect and those involved with the design process. While enjoying a tasty meal and sipping a glass or two of wine, learn how ideas and decisions created the customized dining experience of each space.

AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design will be partnering with several organizations in the city to design special programs that allow children and families to learn more about architecture, design and how it impacts our daily lives. The program hopes to create a greater understanding and appreciation for our built environment for kids as well as parents. Participating groups include the DeYoung Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum and EHDD.


Academy of Sciences Re-Opening
September 27 Visit for more information.

Under the Bay Bridge Boat Cruise

Park(ing) Day
September 19 Visit for more information.