The Crocker Art Museum hosted the 2013 Central Valley Region Architecture Festival on October 10, with an Art Mix/Architecture event. Kimberly Anderson, executive director for the American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter; and Jane’a D. Johnson, public programs assistant for the Crocker Art Museum; welcomed an attentive crowd to the second annual festival’s launch.

Festivalgoers at the launch were greeted by music from DJ Rated R and Jonathan Bengo, architecture-inspired films, and an architecture and agriculture presentation along with several interactive displays. AIA Central Valley offered its first ever Model Design Competition the Art Mix. Viewers were able to vote for their favorite model for the gateway building of a new California Museum that will be located underground beneath Capitol Mall.

Among the interactive attractions were Cardborigami instant space structures by Tina Hovsepian. The Cardborigami shelters were offered as an innovative solution to homelessness.

Would-be architects and engineers had opportunities to create their own structures in the Pixel City installation by SacDigiFab. Both competition and cooperation resulted in some amazing, though temporary, structures.

A design and construction competition on a much smaller scale was found in the marshmallow/toothpick build-off. Teams raced the clock and challenged gravity to create the tallest possible structure. Though limited in materials, the teams found multiple approaches to create their towers.

This was the first of 14 events to be held over a span of 10 days. Events range from a Tour d’ Architecture Bike Tour to an Architectural Pub Crawl. More information and a complete schedule can be found at the AIA Festival Website.