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ArchitectureView – 2015 Festival

by: Barrett Lipomi

Festival on Architecture Designed to Inspire
The nationally acclaimed 8th Annual Modesto Architecture Festival is kicking off this month in downtown Modesto! From September 12 to the 20th, the festival features tours, exhibits, films, and workshops celebrating architecture and design. Programs during the festival are designed to inspire and share the fascinating world of architecture with the community. Guided downtown walking tours will uncover the amazing history of Modesto’s mid-century architecture. Films featuring the world’s leading architects and designers will inspire and captivate. Architectural crafts and games will engage children of all ages.

Co-hosted by the Modesto Art Museum and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sierra Valley, the Modesto Architecture Festival is one the longest running and largest festivals of its kind in the world. The festival highlights and celebrates architecture and design around the world in addition to the great buildings and neighborhoods in Modesto. Earlier this year, the Modesto Architecture Festival was presented the prestigious National Excellence Award by the American Institute of Architects. Best of all the entire festival, including architecture film night, is free and open to the public.

There are more than 80 opportunities to experience architecture during this year’s nine day festival. Below are three of my favorite events that you won’t want to miss. A full schedule of events is available on the festival website:

Architecture Film Night: Friday, September 18th at The State Theatre, 1207 J Street with a reception at 6pm and films starting at 7pm. A selection of short films on architecture, design and landscape will be screened. Featured are films on world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingles, the new Google campus, an amazing multi-platform tree house in the Columbia River Gorge among others. Family Architecture Experience/Kid’s Workshop: Saturday, September 19th at the Stanislaus County Public Library, 1500 I Street from 9:30am-2pm. Fun and exciting crafts, games, and activities for children of all ages!

Treasures of the Archive Exhibit: September 12-20th (closed Monday) at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I Street from noon-4pm. Amazing panoramic photographs of historic downtown Modesto will be on display along with a selection of architectural videos and images.



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