San Diego DESIGN Film Festival: A handful of bigwigs in the design community have come together to create this new event, which showcases film with a focus on advertising, architecture, art, fashion, interiors and landscape. The actual festival is happening from Oct. 9 through 12 at various Downtown and Balboa Park venues, but screenings leading up to the big event include From Nothing, Something, a film profiling the process of several creative thinkers, at the Museum of Photographic Arts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. On March 11, the series continues with If You Build It at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas in Del Mar. $15. sdDESIGNff.com
Artists + Designers in Real Time: Designer and artist David Fobes has always been interested in the boundary between art and design. His own work often straddles the divide. A lecturer at SDSU, Fobes has pieced together a new lecture series that's open to the public. Happening at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Hepner Hall, Room 213, from Jan. 28 through April 29, the lineup includes others who bridge the gap between art and design, including Guido Van der Werve (Jan. 28), Neil Kendricks (Feb. 11), Bells and Whistles Design Group (March 18), Wendy Maruyama (April 21) and Lee Puffer (April 28). Look for "Artists + Designers in Real Time" on Twitter and Facebook. Free.
The Panama-California Exposition Centennial Lectures: At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Friends of San Diego Architecture continues its series exploring the historical Balboa Park exposition with a talk by U-T San Diego's Roger Showley at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design (1249 F St., Downtown). The venerable reporter who covers the city's built environment and planning policies will speak about "The History of Balboa Park: 1867-1909." Next up is Mike Kelly on "The Program Site Plan for the Exposition: 1910-1913." $5 suggested donation. friendsofsdarch.com
Spanish Revival and Eclectic Architecture in Mission Hills: The annual lecture series presented by Mission Hills Heritage has historians, artists and authors exploring the architecture of the uptown San Diego neighborhood. The talk will take place at Francis Parker School (4201 Randolph St. in Mission Hills) from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. $10. missionhillsheritage.org
Placemaking: Mixed Use Design, Planning and Community Engagement for the 21st Century: The Urban Land Institute of San Diego / Tijuana presents a panel of experts from the Southern California real-estate community exploring a dynamic approach to the planning, design and management of new neighborhoods and public spaces. Speakers include architect Marios Savopoulos and Allison+Partners general manager Richard Kendall. The talk's at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at CoMerge (330 A St., Downtown). $10. sandiego.uli.org
Spring Home / Garden Show: Members of the American Institute of Architects San Diego who specialize in residential design will be on-hand to offer free personal consultations to homeowners looking to remodel, improve, expand or build a home. The show takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from Feb. 28 through March 2. aiasandiego.org.
Woodbury School of Architecture: Spring 2014 Lecture Series: The school's innovative lecture series includes a talk about game design by Beat Suter at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Then, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, Francesco Lipari and Mark Mückenheim will discuss "The Architecture of Future Mankind: How People and Technology are Shaping Cities." The talks happen on campus (2212 Main St. in Barrio Logan). woodbury.edu
Animation, Game Art and Game Design: Newschool of Architecture + Design is offering a new course through its Media Design School and kicking things off with a public launch from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Wonderbread Building (121 14th St. in East Village). The new program is part of a collaboration with Media Design School in New Zealand. Mingle with industry leaders and learn how you can turn your video-game habit into a career. eventbrite.com/e/media-design-school-at-nsad-event-launch-tickets-9978876087