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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

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Chinese Lantern-Inspired Shenzhen Tower Features Myriad Green Technologies

This new MVRDV-designed landmark tower slated for Shenzhen, China will house the headquarters of the Guosen Securities corporation. The primary objective for the design of Guosen's new tower was that it be energy efficient and cool, which MVRDV was able to provide with its competition winning design. Resembling a giant Chinese lantern, the 204 meter tall tower will feature shading louvers on every floor, rainwater recycling, and natural daylighting for each employee's work station.
The volume of the tower has a square floor plan with an elegant, slender volume that allows daylight to reach into the building to provide a more pleasurable working environment for employees. So that each worker has access to views and natural daylight, no workspace was placed further than 11 meters away from the facade. The edge of each floor was angled down 35-55 degrees to create a shade for the floor below and large glass fronts connect these louvers together. Each louver’s size and angle was optimized for its location on the building and relationship to the sun. For example, on the north side, the louvers are smaller than on the south side.
The louvers can also accommodate solar panels to generate electricity, and they reduce the overall cooling load by 33%. Rainwater is collected off the louvers and piped into the grey water circulation for use inside the building. Plus a lengthy water pipe system runs invisibly through the façade collecting heat from the sun, and the solar cells heat up water. Employees and visitors also have quick and easy access via an underground tunnel to the nearby metro station.
Parts of the facade are lifted to create a double height ceiling for a more dramatic effect and better views of the city. These two double height features in the middle of the tower are designed as small amphitheaters with terraced seating that can be used for conferences and gatherings. A low rise building next to the tower holds a shopping and conference center. The end result of the louvered tower resembles a giant Chinese lantern, which will provide a warm glow to the city at night. 
[via Inhabitat

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