AIA Southern Arizona
a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects
Architecture Week 2012
September 29 – October 7, 2012
ARIZONA CENTENNIAL – Looking Back To See The Future
Architecture Week is a celebration of design by architects in Tucson and is presented annually by AIA Southern Arizona – a Component of The American Institute of Architects. AIA Southern Arizona will host the 20th annual self-guided Home Tour along with lectures, mall exhibits, KIDSTRUCTION competition, and the 3rd annual CANSTRUCTION®. The events will emphasize the positive influence of architecture in our community.
The goal of Architecture Week is to promote a greater appreciation and awareness for the design of our built environment. All events are designed to educate, entertain and inspire.
The 2012 AIA Southern Arizona Architecture Week, taking place between September 29 and October 7, 2012, will focus on the theme “Arizona Centennial – Looking Back To See The Future,” highlighting locally designed architecture of today as well as the past.
Architecture Week is scheduled to include:
Hosted again this year in the center court of Park Place (www.parkplacemall.com) the third annual CANSTRUCTION® build will kick off on the morning of Saturday, September 29, bringing together several Tucson architect and engineering offices in a competition to design and build sculptural installations using only canned food. The creative sculptures will be on display in the The Park Place from September 29—October 7.
The project was originally founded by the Society for Design Administration (SDA) and has become a national organization and competition. The local CANSTRUCTION® competition results in literally tons of food that is then given to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (www.communityfoodbank.com) to feed thousands of hungry people. CANSTRUCTION® results in a greater awareness of the issues surrounding hunger, and a spotlight being placed on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build.
On Friday, October 5th, honors will be awarded to the most creative CANSTRUCTION® entries in a Happy Hour Reception & Awards Presentation –time/location to be determined. One CAN Make a Difference!
For more information about CANSTRUCTION visit the national website at www.canstruction.org.
BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN TOURS – historic downtown neighborhood GUIDED BICYCLE and GUIDED WALKING TOURS led by local Architects on Sunday, September 30, 2012 all beginning near the downtown depot plaza. A specially designed hike or bike self-guided tour map furnished by the AIA will also be provided for all attendees providing locations and descriptions of the tours. Living Streets Alliance (www.livingstreetsalliance.org) has been very involved in the planning and preparation of the tour path and details. More details about the tour schedule and starting point will be available soon!
LECTURES SERIES – On Saturday, October 6, enjoy a full day of presentations about Architecture in Tucson throughout the century. Presentations will be scheduled in 30-40 minute intervals throughout the day at the Tucson Museum of Art beginning at 10:00 a.m. The intent is to celebrate a century of thoughtful architecture and to inspire community members in the accessibility of good design both in the community and at home. The presentations will explore why certain architectural solutions are so appropriate for this region, and how good architecture can both positively impact lives and create a more sustainable built environment in Tucson and our region. A complete schedule of presentations will be available soon.
AIA ARCHITECTURE FIRM BOARD EXHIBIT – Local Architectural firms from all over Southern Arizona will prepare display boards of their own work to be exhibited in The Park Place. The Architecture Firm Board Exhibit, along with KIDSTRUCTION and CANSTRUCTION®, will be on display at The Park Place from Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, October 7. The FIRM Board Exhibits will be moved and reset for display at the AIA Western Mountain Region / Northwest Pacific Region JOINT conference which will be held the following week in Tucson.
11th Annual KIDSTRUCTION – KIDSTRUCTION is a design/build competition among middle school students sponsored by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Society for Design Administration (SACSDA) (www.sacsda.com) as part of the AIA Southern Arizona Architecture Week. In order to compete, teams from Tucson’s middle schools design and build structures based on a theme – “Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial.” The student entries must be built using only business cards, toothpicks and glue and must fit on a 12″ x 12″ base. Awards will be presented in the mall on Saturday, September 29th. Design entries will be on display at Park Place from Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, October 7.
20th Annual HOME TOUR: The final event of Architecture Week, this year’s self-guided tour will be held on Sunday, October 7th, and will feature six high quality residential projects for the public to walk through and experience. The homes will feature a variety of design and site options from the modern home in the desert to multi story urban dwelling and promises to impress and inspire.
Architecture Week event information and Tour tickets will be available at various ticket outlets beginning mid-August. Ticket outlets are listed below and will also be available on the AIA Southern Arizona website
A portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit Habitat for Humanity Tucson! For more than 32-years, Habitat for Humanity Tucson has served 734 low-income families through our homeownership programs that include new homes, recycled homes, down-payment assistance grants, weatherization services and global building. The goal is to serve families – and they are in need your help! For more information on how you can help visit www.habitattucson.org
For more 2012 Home Tour ticket information please contact the AIA Southern Arizona office at 520-323-2191.
If you haven’t seen the terrific CANSTRUCTION (food cans built into amazing structures) I encourage you to check it out at Park Place mall center court area. You will be awed by the creativity of the architecture & engineering teams that build these creations. The canned food is then donated to the Community Food Bank. Also take some time to admire the middle school students’ creations at KIDSTRUCTION nearby…homes, public buildings, churches, fantasy structures. Over the years I’ve attended a number of lectures & tours for Architecture Week, which gives you a growing sense of appreciation for the work of architects and how beautiful buildings/structures have changed & survived over the decades and centuries. Enjoy Architecture Week 2012.