The American Institute of Architects, Sierra Valley Chapter and the Modesto Art Museum announce the seventh annual Modesto Architecture Festival, Saturday, September 13 to Sunday, September 21, 2014.
There is something inspirational and informative for everyone of every interest and age: tours, exhibits, international movies, bike rides, workshops, speakers, installations, interventions, kid’s activities, and special events with dozens of community partners. Almost all events and activities are free. The festival mission is to celebrate architecture and architectural design as both an art and a science, and to heighten public awareness of architecture, landscape, public art, urban design, and the value of architects and designers in creating more livable and beautiful communities.
The festival opens on Saturday with exhibits, tours, a talk by Murray Silverstein, co-author of A Pattern Language, and an opening night reception. Then, the events will continue through the following weekend. Other events include an evening of architecture movies at the art deco State Theatre; guided and self-guided walking, biking, and driving tours of Modesto’s architecture; a movie about the architecture of Gaudi at the Carnegie Center in Turlock; an evening tour and exhibit at the newly renovated post office building; and an afternoon of fun free activities for families and kids.
The Instagram contest returns for a second year focusing on photos of doorways world-wide. There will be an exhibit of historic architectural blueprints and drawings of some of Modesto’s iconic buildings. Spirit of Space, the architecture paparazzi from Germany and Chicago, returns this year to lead a workshop and café on architectural video. This year will also see an expansion of Park(ing) Day. The world-wide annual event, this year on Friday, September 19th, will bring several temporary parklets and the installation of three new pieces of public art in the city’s design district.
A trailer video about the festival can be seen here.
Most festival events are free. Information about the festival can be found here.
In 2013, the festival saw more than 5,000 visitors and more than 20,000 virtual participants. This year, even more people are expected.
The festival is hosted by:
AIA Sierra Valley
Serving the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada, the American Institute of Architects, Sierra Valley Chapter is more than 70 architecture professionals in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Mono, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada by promoting architecture and design. We further this goal through community involvement, education, advocacy, public outreach, member service, and professional excellence.
Modesto Art Museum
The Modesto Art Museum's program, Building a Better Modesto, explores the place of the visual arts in creating a more livable Modesto. In particular we are exploring architecture, landscape, and urban design through exhibits, talks, tours, online resources, and movies. Building a Better Modesto is funded by Artplace America.
American Institute of Architects Sierra Valley
Modesto Art Museum