Events this Weekend: 7.29-8.1

By Miyoko Ohtake / Published by Dwell
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This week brings fresh designs ideas from Bay Area students—including how to reuse the Bay Bridge once it goes out of service in 2013—as well as 25 years of Pixar animations, the first international Foodprint Project event, and the closing of a tribute to Palladio.

On Tuesday, July 27, Here and Now: Students on Show opened at the SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco. The exhibit features work from up-and-coming architecture, landscape, urban planning, and design students around the Bay Area, including work from UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design studio that investigated new ways to use the old Bay Bridge once the new one is completed in 2013. (John King, the San Francisco Chronicle urban design writer, pens and nice piece here about the resulting works, including proposals for parks, farms, and hotels.) The exhibit is on view through August 27 and will be followed with a new show titled DIY Urbanism: Testing grounds for social change.

On Saturday, July 31, PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation opens at the newly renovated and reopened Oakland Museum of California. (Dwell senior editor Aaron Britt gave us a sneak peek into the new space designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates the week before the opening and you can watch the slideshow here.) A local—and international—favorite, PIXAR is based in Emeryville, a few miles from the Oakland Museum of California, and the exhibit features more then 500 drawings, paintings, storyboards, and sculptures used to create Pixar features like Ratatouille, Wall-E, and Toy Story 3. The works are on display through January 9, 2011.

Also on Saturday, the Foodprint Project hosts its second—and first international—event: Footprint Toronto. Selecting Toronto as the city and the Artscape Wychwood Barns as the location, founders Sarah Rich (a former Dwell senior editor) and Nicola Twilley (the author of Edible Geography) will host panels that will touch on topics like how zoning shapes Toronto's food systems and what you can learn by mapping the city with food as the metric. Guests include Geoff Manaugh (another former Dwell senior editor and author of BLDGBLOG), Shawn Micallef and Jessica Duffin Wolfe (editors of Spacing), and designer Chris Hardwicke (an associate at Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co Architects). Can't make it to the T-Dot? Watch the live stream at UStream.

Finally, on Sunday, August 1, Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey closes at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. The exhibition opened April 2 and showcases 31 original drawings by the influential architect. If you can't make it this weekend—or even if you can—be sure to drop by to see the Morgan-Renzo Piano Building Workshop Project with a Brief History, which highlights the expansion designed by Renzo Piano and his firm and the steps and processes from conception to final scheme.

Know of a great modern art, architecture, or design exhibition or event that should be added to our online calendar? Submit your suggestions here.

Miyoko Ohtake


When not writing, Miyoko Ohtake can be found cooking, training for her next marathon, and enjoying all that the City by the Bay and the great outdoors have to offer.

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