Greetings from San Francisco!

Well, almost. I just got back from the 2009 AIA convention held at the Moscone Center last week.
My hotel the Good, was right across the street from Morphosis' Federal Building, which is quite impressive. That large oculus is a public space and is highlighted in neon, which was my first view every morning.

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SF Day 2 - 1

The convention overall was encouraging, it seemed well attended (I heard 20,000), and the Expo floor was completely full of vendors. Some highlights for me included some awesome expanded metal technology by Amico, who had some large scale samples in aluminum amongst other metals.

Seiho has always been a favorite of mine for designed HVAC diffusers, and now they have some very nice residential vents. I think we can find a home for some of these in our Astoria apartment house project.

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FSB North America has always had some of the finest door hardware that I have seen, and now they have a line with flush rosettes, ka-ching!

I have been aware of operable emergency lights from Concealite for years, but heve never specified their products. Seeing them in person has changed my mind.

We are proud users of Vectorworks, but Autodesk (no link for them!) had the most interesting chairs for their mini-seminars. Yes they are cardboard:

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Finally, Ronstan's booth had a roof of metal netting that I thought could be turned into a wonderful enclosure with vines entwining it.

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The first day was beautiful- sunny and mild. The rest of the week, though, was overcast and rainy. I ran into an old employer from my New York days, Larry Wente. It was a nice surprise to see him and we ended up venting and chatting about our required contunuing education credits, mostly vented.

I took tours of City Hall, whose dome is taller than the US Capital(!)

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And of SF MOMA, where I almost walked into a house model by Morphosis that they have in storage ("No photos, please").

Vectorkworks hosted a party along with the Architect's Newspaper at two galleries in the South Park section of town, Studio Forbes and 3A Gallery. This little neigborhood is centered on this tiny oval park:

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At Studio Forbes, where valet bike parking greeted you at the entrance, the current 'show' was a collection of antique racing bicycles (wish you were there, Rich):

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I am still trying to get my body clock back to normal after three straight days of 7am seminars and a flight home at 7. AM that is. I wonder how many miles I walked between the convention floors, street activities, and back & forth to the hotel.

Next year the convention is in Miami. In June.