PechaKucha Night San Diego: Volume 16 is rolling in!

Click here for event update! Love our flyers? See more at PR1ZE.com.PechaKucha Night San Diego #16It's time for a pre-holiday, near-year-end PechaKucha!

Come nourish your brain with grain-fed ideaburgers cooked up on stage in the form of our 20 images x 20 seconds presentations at PechaKucha Night San Diego: Volume 16.

SDV16 will be held under the stars in the courtyard of the Orchid-awarded MXD830 (830 25th Street, 92102), and home to Counterpoint, "... an urban tavern, a place to see neighbors, see friends, to feed your body, and, hopefully, your spirit, too."

So skate, waddle or roll on down to Golden Hill, grab yourself a beverage and some yummy eats, find a seat, and let your imagination and senses feast on the organic experiences, adventures, perspectives, projects and passions that our fabulous line-up of PechaKucha presenters have to offer.

This event is generously hosted by FoundationForForm Architecture & Development. Poster created by one of the most creative people we know, Terri Beth Mitchell of PR1ZE - who also happens to be presenting. In fact, we have a fabulous line up in store. Join us!

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2012 Orchids & Onions: A Brief Recap

2012 Grand Orchid Chicano Park2012 Grand Orchid, the Restoration of Chicano Park. Photo by Darren Bradley. Click on image for more info.

The official 2012 Orchids & Onions were announced on October 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. In spite of the first rainfall in months, everyone had a blast at the pre-party and silent auction, and the bids were flying! Then, the crowd of 450+ moved into Sherwood Auditorium where Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien reprised his role as Master of Ceremonies, and the 2012 Orchids & Onions were announced. For a full recap, including awarded projects and event photos, click here.

2012 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction

Join SDAF for the 2012 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction on October 11, 2012 (10-11-12). Held at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, emceed by Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien, and with an impressive array of Silent Auction items (which may be viewed and pre-bid on now) - you don't want to miss it!

But really - would you ever want to miss an O&O?

Get your tickets today!

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2012 O&O Awards Ceremony

Inside the Design Studio Podcast Project: FoundationForForm Architecture & Development

Welcome to our inaugural "Inside the Design Studio" podcast project, produced by SDAF volunteer Kinsee Morlan.

We launch this new series with Craig Abenilla and Mike Burnett, the duo behind FoundationForForm Architecture & Development, who really like leftovers. They dig developing and building their creative, modern buildings on weird sites that other architects and developers leave behind. And with successful projects like MXD830 in Golden Hill (the hip, Orchid and Community Vision Award-winning urban space that houses businesses like Nest Vintage and Counterpoint Neighborhood Bistro) and Citron Court in Lemon Grove, it seems to be a funny little formula that's working well for them.  

Click play and listen as San Diego Architectural Foundation executive director Leslee Schaffer digs a little deeper and introduces you to the entertaining minds of Craig and Mike.

Orchids, Onions & Opportunities Continues!

If you haven't visited the Orchids, Onions & Opportunities exhibit or website, there's still time! Of course, the website will remain up indefinitely so that we may continue the conversation about how we can better and more thoughtfully design and develop our region, but the exhibit's days are numbered - in fact, it was supposed to come down at the end of June, until our generous friends at OliverMcMillan offered to house it for awhile longer - so come check it out at 877 G Street while you still can, and let us know what you think!

Mike Torrey photo OOO space

 

Join us for PechaKucha Night SDV.15

PKN SDV.15See our winning Pr1ze poster on the PKN blog!
click image for presenter list and more info

We also heart and appreciate the amazing

MIHO magic

Be sure to bring your appetite!

$10 suggested donation. Cash bar. Must be 21 to enter.

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Urban Orchid Tour kicks off tonight!

The weekend kicks off this evening at 6pm at 2010 Interior Design Orchid Vin De Syrah Wine Parlor, 901 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. In this whimsical wonderland enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres as you meet and mingle with the architects, designers and other tour attendees. The icing? An exclusive tour by designer, Michael Soriano of Onairos Design. That alone is worth the price of admission. But wait, we haven’t even gotten to the tours yet.  On Saturday and Sunday numerous projects will be available to tour, many guided by the people responsible for some of the best design San Diego has to offer. Get your tickets now!

Your $50 (members pay $30) ticket gets you:

  • Entry to An Evening at An Orchid reception this evening, where you'll meet and mingle with other tour attendees and many of the architects and designers participating in the tour.
  • A copy of our new guidebook, Urban Orchids 2006-2011, generated exclusively for the tour.
  • A weekend replete with incredible design and architecture like San Diego has never before seen!  You will enjoy an insider's perspective as you are guided by the people responsible for some of the best design San Diego has to offer. A partial list of projects tours and participants includes:
    Art Produce guided by Lynn Susholtz of Stone Paper Scissors
    Balboa Theater guided by David Marshall of Heritage Architecture & Planning
    Banker's Hill guided by Paul Basile of Basile Studio
    Centre Street Lofts guided by Lloyd Russell, AIA
    Children's Museum guided by Rob Quigley, FAIA
    Co-Merge guided by Danette Feretti
    Craft & Commerce guided by Arsalun Tafazoli
    MXD830 guided by Mike Burnett of FoundationForForm Arch. & Dev.
    Starlite guided by Jason St. John & Barbara Rourke of Bells & Whistles
    The Station guided by Lloyd Russell, AIA
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law guided by Dean Rudy Hasl & Jim Mumford of Good Earth Plants
    Tweet Street guided by Vicki Estrada of Estrada Land Planning
    Vin De Syrah guided by Michael Soriano of Onairos Design
    Warehouse District guided by Eric Naslund of Studio E Architects
    Woodbury University guided by Rinehart/Herbst
    other projects include Co-Merge, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and more 
  • A 20% discount on your all-important morning coffee from 2011 Orchid Meshuggah Shack.

Tickets are available at the door, and remain available online through Friday at midnight. Just click here. Tickets are availalbe through Saturday at our Orchids, Onions & Opportunities exhibit venue, 877 G Street at the corner of 9th & G Streets.

Great way to spend some quality time with Dad, too. Hope you can join us!

Orchids, Onions & Opportunities

OOO logo

Orchids, Onions & Opportunities (OOO) is a follow up event to SDAF's Orchids & Onions program, which recognizes the good, the bad and the 'could be improved upon' in our built environmment. It will take place over a 2-week period from June 9 - June 21, 2012.
   
As part of OOO, SDAF has curated an original exhibit and launched a new website (ooosdaf.org). We are hosting PechaKucha Night SDV.15, and an unprecedented tour of Urban Orchids, hosted by some of the most thoughtful and talented architects and designers in San Diego. See our seriously packed schedule below, see Roger Showley's piece in the UT, and please plan on joining us!

Thursday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 20
Orchids, Onions & Opportunities: An Exhibition
877 G Street San Diego, CA 92101
Wed - Sat open noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday open noon - 4:00 p.m.
closed Mon - Tues.
entry is free
Orchids, Onions & Opportunities is an original exhibition peppered with large amounts of interactive, public participation and special events. The exhibition will present challenges, realities, inspirations and possibilities as they relate to the design, development and use of public spaces within our region.

Thursday, June 14 - Sunday, June 17
SDAF Orchid Tour featuring Urban Orchids
Tickets: $50 per person | $75 includes 1 yr. membership in SDAF | $30 for SDAF Members
Thursday, June 14 @ Vin De Syrah
901 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
SDAF's Urban Orchid Tour kicks off with an Evening at an Orchid reception at 2010 Interior Design Orchid Vin De Syrah Wine Parlor. Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres as you meet and mingle with the architects, designers and other attendees, and receive your copy of a keepsake guide created especially for the tour. The icing? You'll also enjoy an exclusive tour of this whimsical wonderland by its designer, Michael Soriano of Onairos Design.

Saturday and Sunday, June 16 & 17
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
multiple locations
On Saturday and Sunday you will explore featured Urban Orchids on the tour at your own pace and in the order that you choose. You may plan your day(s) around the pre-arranged tours offered at some of the Orchids - or use the field guide we will have provided to self-guide at all (35+) Orchids Urban 2006-2011.

Tuesday, June 19
PechaKucha Night San Diego Volume 15
877 G Street San Diego, CA 92101
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
$10 suggested donation
PKN V.15 will serve up another awesome line-up of presenters, and this time we’ve a theme; Making the Case for Public Space. The unexpected array of 20x20 presentations from from bike paths to public baths and decision-making to picture-taking will astound, educate and amuse. As always, presentations begin at 20:20.

Tuesday, June 12
SDAF Members Only OOO Closing Reception
877 G Street San Diego, CA 92101
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
entry is free and limited to SDAF members only
Members, come sip, nibble, meet and mingle with fellow members, sponsors, associates and volunteers at a member mixer on closing night of Orchids, Onions & Opportunities.

Click here for an event schedule.

Tel Aviv - Who Knew??

tel aviv The architect Guy Zucker inserted an elegant, light-filled penthouse into this 1960s-era apartment building on Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. Z-A Studio photo.  

In his MetropolisMag.com blog post, author James Trainor shines a light on Tel Aviv - "the secular antithesis to everything that ancient Jerusalem represents; it’s young, cosmopolitan, progressive, energetic, and gritty.... and in the past few years... it’s seen a rising generation of artists, architects, filmmakers, restaurateurs, fashion designers, and other creative types."

Hmmmm... sound familiar, San Diego?
 

Member Spotlight: Lloyd Russell, AIA

We are pleased to introduce the SDAF Member Spotlight, our new monthly blog post featuring our most valuable asset: our supporters. The series will highlight the varied backgrounds, disciplines, experiences and viewpoints of our diverse membership.

We are especially pleased to launch this series by featuring a long-standing member of SDAF, Lloyd Russell, AIA. Lloyd and his work have received numerous accolades and awards, including 2 Orchids (R3 and Centre Street Lofts), and the 2009 Grand Orchid (The Station). Most recently, Centre Street was recognized in the LA Times for offering a "new vision for apartment living." Indeed, he is a visionary whose projects reflect fresh ideas about urban design and development - and he's a pretty darned affable guy, besides.

Lloyd Russell





Name:    Lloyd Russell

Profession:    Architect

Where were you born, raised and educated?
St. Louis, Chicago, San Diego. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Copenhagen

Why do you support SDAF?
Because San Diego needs a conscience.

What attracted you to the design industry? 
The Brady Bunch. Mr. Brady didn't have to wear a tie like my dad did! Seriously, I was always good at Math and Science but I didn't have any drawing skills until my senior year in high school when I figured out all the girls were in art class, so I was kind of a late bloomer. At about that same time I was taking humanities classes and I liked the idea of doing something that contributed to the history of arts and culture. And buildings stick around for a long time. After I visited the architecture studios at Cal Poly I was hooked.
  
How could we improve San Diego's built environment?
What's wrong with it? Oh yeah- the suburbs and no clear vision of what the city and its waterfront should be...you know we keep trying to hold on to the mantel of America's Most Beautiful City but when it rains I can't surf in the polluted water, its dangerous to ride a bike and when my kid is old enough I have to leave the city to go to a better school. We shouldn't be satisfied with that paradigm. We should lead the way in being environmentally responsible. We should stop talking about being bike friendly and start implementing plans to make it so. When we get to 100 miles of dedicated bike lanes (not shared painted stripes in the roadway) we can begin to compare ourselves to cities like Chicago and Portland-two places with honestly terrible weather and a better bike culture than ours. And how San Diego Unified funds schools is regressive. They could have a bigger positive impact than any redevelopment agency or urban plan rewrite with better schools in urbanized areas.  Don't get me started on the pension debacle. But basically we citizens should be less complacent and hold our public officials accountable.
   
Where / what is the most inspired design to be found in San Diego? 
A lot of people aren't aware of it but San Diego is getting national recognition for architect/developer led housing projects. I am flattered whenever I am in the discussion with Jonathan Segal and Ted Smith but there's a whole new generation out there, Mike Burnett/Craig Abenilla, Sebastian Mariscal, and everyone else associated with Woodbury's Master of Real Estate Development for Architects (MRED) Program.
   
Share 2 or 3 favorite building/ landscape/ interior/ designs and why.
My favorite modernists are the pre-WWII architects who were using new technologies and had a social agenda with their modernism before it became a style...Irving Gill and Rudolf Schindler are mavericks in that regard (and built their own stuff) so Pueblo Rivera down by Windansea is a favorite. I also think Henry Hester's apartments on 6th avenue get better and better and better the more I look at it. My favorite landscape is the path from Glider Port to Blacks Beach especially on a long period swell. My favorite bike paths are in Copenhagen where the parked cars shelter the dedicated bike lanes from traffic (which have their own traffic signals). Seeing the High Line in NYC this year was a highlight. Cocktail service poolside at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, wait I'm diverging....
   
What has been your most satisfying project to have worked on and why? 
I've been extremely fortunate to have kind and considerate clients and all of those projects The Station, Rimrock, the house in Del Mar I am doing for Benno Baenziger-the unique relationship of client collaboration holds a special place in my heart, but nothing is as intense as financing and building your own design. I don't think I can ever replicate all the things that caused the R3 Building to come into existence so that one would have to be it.

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