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COTE: Resilient by Design Challenge

Thursday, July 19, 2018
6pm
Free and open to all.
RSVP to events@aiaeb.org.

Ben Levi gives a presentation of Ratcliff Architect’s explorations into issues raised by the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge competition.

“Resilience,” like sustainability, is difficult to define, yet everyone is talking about how to build or maintain it. So, what is resilience really, and is it a useful concept or a meaningless buzzword?

Why is it that when we talk about resilience, we immediately think scary thoughts about disaster and disturbance? Can we think about resilience in terms of renewal and innovative thinking?

Inspired by the recent Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge competition, which took place in our own “Bay(k)yard”, a small group of us at Ratcliff embarked on a six-month long exploration to find answers to some of these questions. We invite you to join us for this presentation/conversation to discuss some of the things we’ve learned about the overwhelming complexity of issues and many dimensions of resilience, a surface of which we feel we’ve only began to scratch.

 

Transforming I-980: Regional Urban Design

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
6pm
Free and open to all.
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Brian Stokle, a founding member of Connect Oakland, will give a presentation on transforming I-980 to create new public land for housing, jobs, and open space, which could be catalyst for future transportation connections throughout the region. I-980 corridor is a priority of the community and the City and has been included in the Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan.

  • John King of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “With imaginative engineering and design, [I-980] could be replaced by a boulevard lined with housing at all price levels, reknitting the urban landscape.”
  • “Our I-980 is a cautionary tale,” says Mayor Schaaf. “It was proposed as a part of a plan to build another Bay Bridge and a shopping mall—but this broken promise leaves us with a scar across our city that separates our residents from opportunity. In its place, we want to reknit our community, building infrastructure that creates local economic opportunity, reconnects neighborhoods, and helps connect the region.”
  • The Congress for the New Urbanism in 2017 listed I-980 on the Top 10 Freeways Without Futures.

Case Study: Center for Environmental Studies at Bishop O’Dowd High School

Thursday, April 19, 2018
6pm
Free and open to all. RSVP to events@aiaeb.org.

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Susi Marzuola, AIA of Siegel and Strain Architects discusses the 2017 AIA East Bay COTE Sustainable Design Honorable Mention winner, The Center for Environmental Studies at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Please note: this is a presentation at the chapter office, not a design tour.

 

Young Architects vs. Emerging Professionals Trivia Night

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6-8pm
$3 AIA Members / $5 Nonmembers
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Win a ticket to the 2018 Home Tours before they even go on sale! Everyone is welcome to join the Young Architects and Emerging Professionals in a battle to test their architecture expertise. Pizza and beer will be provided – don’t miss this fun event and the chance to show off your skills.

Each member of the winning team will receive a ticket to the 2018 Home Tours – a $50 value!

DFA: Design for Aging Review Awards

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Noon-1pm
Free and open to all.
Location: AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, #600, San Francisco

Leslie Moldow, FAIA of Perkins Eastman will review the latest AIA Design For Aging Review Award recipients to the Design for Aging Regional Committee Meeting.

Low Carbon Architecture: COTE

Thursday, March 15, 2018
6pm
Free and open to all.
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David Arkin, AIA, will be giving a brief presentation and leading a discussion of Low Carbon Architecture—in particular example, incorporating photosynthetic and rapidly renewable resources. David is Chair of the Embodied Carbon Network’s Renewable Materials Task Force and Director of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA).

Design for Aging Regional Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Noon-1pm
Free and open to all.
Location: AIASF, 130 Sutter Street #600, San Francisco

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In conjunction with the December DFA agenda please attend our March meeting for a ‘deep dive’ into the details of Biophilia and Biophilic Design. Even if you didn’t attend December’s meeting there is still a lot to learn.

The discussion will be led by McCall Wood of Perkins Eastman who will share her vast knowledge of the subject.

Getting to Zero: The AIA 2030 Commitment and Other Strategies

Thursday, February 15, 2018
6pm
Free and open to all.
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AIA East Bay COTE members Alice Sung, AIA (Greenbank Associates) and Larry Strain, FAIA (Siegel and Strain Architects) present: Getting to Zero: The AIA 2030 Commitment and Other Strategies. Some of us have heard about Architecture 2030 and/or the AIA’s partner program, the 2030 Commitment, but how many of us are walking our talk about getting to zero energy or carbon, and reporting on performance with every project?  Whether you are already a signatory firm (it’s free!) but struggle with fulfilling your AIA 2030 Commitment, OR want to learn more about the topic and real world approaches to getting to zero energy and zero carbon, this evening meeting is for you. Come learn about the AIA 2030 Commitment and other strategies to get us to zero carbon, including: the value of embedded carbon, materials selection (2030 Palette) , district-scale approaches, and de-carbonization /electrification of our EXISTING buildings.  Share your thoughts, join in in the discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what Architecture 2030 and the AIA 2030 Commitment programs are.
  2. Understand what it means to “sign-on,” and learn best practices for reporting performance towards zero carbon.
  3. Learn a variety of approaches within architectural practice, to get to a zero carbon built environment.
  4. Better walk your “sustainable design” talk.

CEI PACE Center, A Design for Aging Tour

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Noon-1:30pm
Free and open to all. Space is limited.
Location: CEI PACE Center, 1850 Fairway Drive, San Leandro
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The NorCal Design for Aging Committee tours the Center for Elders’ Independence, the premier provider of The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The San Leandro center was designed by Kava Massih Architects.

Center for Elders’ Independence
has been serving seniors since 1992. They are a premier provider of PACE, which is the nation’s only integrated acute and long-term care program for low income frail seniors. Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) provides high quality, affordable, integrated health care services, which promote autonomy and quality of life for seniors, while keeping them in the community and living at home. CEI provides transportation from participants homes to the Center.

CEI selected a 15,660 square feet existing commercial office building in San Leandro for this unique senior adult day activity center and clinic. We worked with a steering committee on the architectural programming to insure the design respected participant’s dignity while providing enough stimulus and activities.

The orientation of the building takes advantage of natural daylight and large windows provide views of the outdoors. The dining, lounge and activity spaces are oriented to views of the courtyard. Nature elements are incorporated are the interior design for improved health and well-being of both participants and staff.

The design is inviting and comfortable, encouraging participant’s engagement socially and through activities. The center provides a large lounge and multiple activity rooms plus a large dining and a serving kitchen. Also included are spaces for rehabilitation services and support.The clinic is set up for four providers with six exam rooms and is accessible from the outside through an internal passageway. The clinic was designed to OSHPD 3 requirements.

AIA EB : BE AIA, a Member Mixer (and Brainstorming Session!)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
5:30-8pm
Cost: Free AIA Members / $10 Guests; After 1/29: $10 AIA Members / $15 Guests
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At our January kick-off and Member Mixer, have a drink and share your thoughts on interesting people, programs and places we might feature in 2018. In addition, representatives from our committees and forums will join us to hear your feedback and answer questions. This is your chapter–be a part of its successful programs and services (and help make them even better)!