Architecture San Francisco

Modernism abounds with tours, exhibitions and films slated for the AIA Septemberfest
Buena Vista
On the S.F. AIA tour: George Bradley Architecture + Design's Buena Vista residence. Photo: Sharon Risedorph.

If September is the favorite month of many Bay Area followers of architecture and design, who could blame them? The 'Architecture and the City' festival is reason enough.

Co-sponsored this year by American Institute of Architects' San Francisco chapter and the Center for Architecture + Design, the 11th annual 'Architecture and the City' will offer tours, films, exhibitions, and lectures, many focusing on the theme 'Home: My San Francisco.'

The month-long festival kicks off August 29 with an Opening Night Party in the stimulating showroom of Blu Dot Modern Furniture in the Mission District. It is the first of several modernist-flavored occasions during the month.

The San Francisco Living: Home Tours scheduled September 20 and 21 feature nine properties in assorted styles and neighborhoods, all with members of the design teams on site. Several are renovated homes from the early 1900s, but others have a more modernist aesthetic, notably Zach/DeVito Architecture and Construction's SteelHouse 1 and 2 in Noe Valley and George Bradley Architecture + Design's Buena Vista residence.

A screening of the sensational indy documentary Coast Modern will take place at Zinc Details on September 9. The acclaimed 2012 film has been traveling the coast, from Los Angeles to Vancouver, showcasing several landmark modern homes that line the same route.

Architect Leo Marmol, of the Los Angeles-based firm Marmol Radziner Architecture, will explore a similar topic in his talk titled 'Modernism and the Bay Area,' scheduled September 11 at Heath Ceramics on 18th Street. Like the professional baseball rivalry in this and many other years, Marmol will focus on the differences between San Francisco and Los Angeles, albeit focused mostly on each region's modernist designs.

"It's kind of a 'compare and contrast' study of the two regions," said Marmol in a phone interview from his L.A. office last week. (Worry not, Giants fans, about a southern bias in the presentation; Marmol Radziner also has offices in San Francisco, and its principal was, in fact, raised in Marin County.)

For more information and tickets to 'Architecture and the City' events, click here and here.