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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Wednesday
Aug272014

Wayback Wednesday: Follow the Sun: Ray Kappe's 50-Year Pursuit of Energy Conserving Design

Ray Kappe's Rochedale Lane residence eflect an approach in which energy efficiency results from a problem-solving design approach. Image courtesy Ray Kappe.Over our 15-year history as FORM: Pioneering Design, we've had the chance to interview some legends of design. Our 2008 September/October issue featured an exclusive conversation with the legendary architect Ray Kappe, whose work embodies a particuarly Southern Californian spirit. In the chat, conducted by Danny King, Kappe addresses energy conservation, a topic that's importance was becoming more and relevant to design. Six years on, it's intriguing to see the ideas Kappe has addressed throughout his career have become such imporant and relevant parts of architectural dialogue in the second decade of the 21st century.

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Tuesday
Aug262014

Showroom: A New Option for Railings

After successfully introduing a new line of awnings, umbrellas and cabanas last year, Source Outdoor is expanding its offerings with Source Railings, a new collection of completely custom railings, fences and gates. Iamge courtesy Source Outdoor. If you happen to have 22 artisans—craftsmen, welders, painters—at your disposable, what do you do? If you’re Source Outdoor, you maximize their talents. Last year, the company introduced a new line of umbrellas, awnings and cabanas to great acclaim, and, says Gerald Shvartsman, Source Outdoor's CEO, “We started thinking about things we could do to work inside our spectrum, using the equipment we already had, to meet the needs of the design community.” The elegant solution turned out to be Source Railings, a new line of railings, fences and gates.

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Monday
Aug252014

Workbook: A Naturally Inspired Venue for Cirque du Soleil

Grupo Vidanta is building a new theater to house its upcoming Cirque du Soleil show, JOYÁ. The theater, designed by architect Arturo Hernandez, takes its cues from its location in the heart of the jungle. Image courtesy Grupo Vidanta.

Later this year, Cirque du Soleil and Grupo Vidanta will be opening a new show and culinary experience on the Riviera Maya. Since Cirque du Soleiil shows often conjure thoughts of Vegas, we were particularly intrigued about the possibility of translating the show experience into a venue in a more natural—read jungle—setting. The new show, dubbed JOYÁ, will live in a 600-seat theater. We chatted with the architect of the project, Arturo Hernandez, who graciously gave us some details on the upcoming project. 

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Wednesday
Aug202014

FORM Issue Extra: Expert's Corner: Peter Grueneisen, FAIA, Principal and Founder of nonzero/architecture

Courtesy Peter Grueneisen/nonzero/architecture.Peter Grueneisen believes it’s important to take a comprehensive approach towards architecture, one that integrates the project with art and technology, but is grounded in functionality and sustainability. Perhaps this is one reason why so many musicians and film composers are keen to work with the firm. “The creation of stimulating structures and spaces is a primary aspiration, while economic realities, social dynamics and limited natural resources demand a thoughtful and conscious approach to design and construction,” he adds.

What are some of your current projects?

We’re finishing up a building complex called Remote Control Productions; it’s a group of film composers [that work with] Hans Zimmer. When we started, they owned quite a few buildings—eclectic light industrial buildings—some were converted into studios others into office space. It’s a whole campus. The latest building was ground up, 16 smaller studios and two larger suites. In the new building, the studios are dark, no windows, floating rooms in the building. But when you come out, all the hallways on the upper floors have large skylights. There is also a balcony with cantilevers. You have screens that can move to regulate the shade; it’s very connected to the environment.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

FORM on Design: Emerson College's New LA Outpost

For a special guest post, Tim Braseth takes us on a tour of the new Emerson College campus designed by Morphosis. Image courtesy ULI-LA.By Tim Braseth

The new $110 million Los Angeles outpost of Boston’s Emerson College by Thom Mayne’s Morphosis Architects hosted a private tour for Urban Land Institute – Los Angeles members on July 10, 2014

Prior to opening the Sunset Boulevard facility, Emerson College leased space in Burbank where students were housed at the Oakwood Apartments. With the opening of the new building, Emerson is able to consolidate its student housing, administrative offices, classrooms, performance studios, screening rooms, audio and computer labs and auditoriums. It’s here where students now complete senior-level coursework and participate in internships in film, television, advertising, journalism and marketing.

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