Autumn 2023 – Newsletter

We follow natural rhythms. Summer ends, the sun wanes, and the days get shorter, busy with the harvest, conferences, new projects, and construction quick before the rains as we prepare for the winter. This month’s newsletter is mostly about things to do keeping our days both filled and fulfilled.

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Saturday September 23, San Francisco

2023 AIA SF HOME TOUR features a Red Dot Studio project in Mint Hill. Near transit, our clients took the long view on housing adding a unit when they renovated their family home. Both work in design, one the Design Director at Coyuchi, the other in tech so the home has a sunny and eclectic design sensibility.
Tickets for the home tour can be purchased here.
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Thursday October 19, San Francisco

The Center for Architecture + Design in collaboration with AIASF hosts its inaugural 2023 INDIGENOUS ARCHITECTURE FORUM: FINDING PATHWAYS TO REGENERATION. This event at the new Center includes presentations, panels, and exhibitions exploring a wide range of topics about Indigenous placemaking in the Bay Area, California, and North America.
Tickets will go on sale soon and information can be found here.
[photo 2 depicting mural in Glen Park by Josué Rojas]


Friday October 20, San Mateo Coast

The Center for Architecture + Design in collaboration with AIASF hosts the 2023 INDIGENOUS ARCHITECTURE TOUR. The tour starts in Pacifica at the Ramaytush Ohlone Home Village and winds its way to Pescadero Creek where the Coho Salmon swim again then to Red Dot Ranch where we will share an Ohlone inspired lunch and an afternoon of discussion and art. Jonathan Cordero and Gregg Castro from the Association Ramaytush Ohlone will facilitate the discussion on rematriation and restoration and Sharon DeMattia will lead us in art. Mark Curtiss will cook for us.
Limited to 24 people, tickets and information will be posted soon on this link.
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Saturday October 21 Afternoon, Pescadero

ART AT THE RANCH with Sharon DeMattia who invites us to “play and make things that matter”. The piece called Eternal Inquiry which will be installed in the woods at the Ranch, explores consumption, interdependent relationships, and Death as a Regenerative Force. As architects, what we create depends on the consumption (destruction?) of resources. Sharon will help us explore the “dialogue that must exist so that we can design into the future with wisdom rather than recklessness”. Mark Curtiss will provide food and nourishment.
Tickets are $45 and limited to 24 people. Email to hold your place.
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Saturday November 4 from 4 – 7 PM, Pescadero

This will be our first FARM DINNER at the Ranch and while we hoped it would be full of the bounty from the farm, we are still learning, and the soil is still in need of repair. Instead Mark Curtiss will feature our neighbors at Blue House Farm, Santa Cruz Permaculture Farm, Far West Funghi, and The Sunshine in a five-course vegetable-forward offering with a participatory cooking lesson to help you prepare for holiday gatherings. BYO alcohol, some food restrictions can be accommodated please inquire.
Tickets are $100 and limited to 24 people. Email to hold your place.
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Saturday December 9 from 11 – 4, Pescadero

Come chop down the perfect NATURAL CHRISTMAS TREE and help us with forest maintenance by trimming the understory. The National Forest Foundation notes “Thinning the forest in areas where small trees now grow too densely also improves the resiliency of the forest to natural disturbances”. Full article link here. Expect to find a natural shape Douglas Fir Tree up to 6’ tall. Bring your own saws and ties for transport. All trees are subject to approval before cutting. Hot soup and tea will be available onsite.
Tickets are $45 and limited to 24 people. Email to hold your place.
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Red Dot Studio is an architecture firm that believes when you listen, watch, and learn the making comes naturally.

Red Dot Ranch is a regenerative farm to explore our place in nature through food and shelter.

The Ranch is located on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone. We understand the inherent inconsistency in celebrating and learning our place in nature while pretending to own land which can never truly be owned and is part of us. We wish to acknowledge indigenous wisdom and pay our respects to the Ancestors, Elders, and Community of the Ramaytush and to affirm their sovereign rights as First Peoples.

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