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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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Wednesday
Jan162013

Getty Launches 'Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.'

Photo Credits: Julius Shulman (American, 1910–2009) Department of Water and Power Building Corner with Fountains, 1965 Gelatin silver print Sheet: 25.4 x 20.5 cm (10 x 8 1/16 in.) © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute 2004.R.10.51The Getty invited a distinguished list of media and art luminaries to the historic Studio A in the Capitol Records building in Hollywood earlier this week to announce Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. The next installment in the Pacific Standard Time exploration of Los Angeles and Southern California design culture will be more modest, with eleven exhibitions and accompanying programs in and around Los Angeles scheduled for spring 2013. The Pacific Standard Time Presents event will continue the momentum of 2011’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945–1980 events, which included exhibitions and programs at 60 arts institutions across Southern California. The momentum carried by Pacific Standard Time is very real: according to a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Art in L.A. generated $280.5 million in economic output and supported 2,490 jobs with total labor income of $101.3 million for the Southern California region.

To the large population of Southern California residents familiar with modern and post-modern architecture, a series of exhibitions focusing on the region’s unique place among the constellation of modern and post-modern architecture (both its buildings and its practitioners) will seem a natural fit. Exhibitions will grace the region’s variety of architectural-minded museums (e.g., the Getty, LACMA, Hammer, MOCA, A+D), world-class design schools (e.g., UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly Pomona, USC, SCI-Arc), and the multitude of galleries, organizations, and activities that serve as the home base for Southern California’s architectural sensibilities (e.g., MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Center for Land Use Interpretation, CicLAvia, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Huntington, Machine Project, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Pasadena Heritage).

The kick-off event was packed to the gills—thanks in no small part to the rare access available to the bowels of the Capitol Records building, along with the promise of the continued good work of the Pacific Standard Time brand. The event featured speakers like Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Maltzan, and a video narrated by musician and Los Angeles architecture aficionado Moby. Moss and Maltzan, especially, spoke of the ongoing revision of the Los Angeles design experiment, both settling on a positive note after expressing some concern at the risk of failure inherent in ambitious intentions. Maltzan, no stranger to designing for populations decidedly not among the One Percent, claimed the work of Los Angeles’ architects for the social good: “What we also invented, both in terms of form and practice and architectural personalities, produces positive, progressive change,” said Maltzan. Certainly, the organizers of Pacific Standard Time Presents should be careful to provide plenty of evidence to support that case.

The argument that the experiment of Los Angeles is not over—and what makes it such a worthy subject for the Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. series—was perhaps most fully summed up by an anecdote told by Moss, who recalled the story of Don Quixote when he tilted at the windmills in the famous story by Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote, of course, believed the windmills to be giants and decided to attack. His faithful but pragmatic assistant Sancho Panza believed that they were windmills. According to Moss, “The caricature of the L.A. point of view…is that the guy who was right was Don Quixote. Not that he had a great imagination, but in fact that he was willing to say, ‘They’re giants.’” The attitude of L.A.’s tradition of architecture, according to Moss, is that “You build it as you think it ought to be, and to hell with Sancho Panza.”

Photo Credits: Frank Gehry (born 1929) Sketch for Joseph Magnin Store, Costa Mesa, 1968 Drawing 18 x 32 in. Image provided by Gehry Partners, LLP

Exhibitions receiving Getty Foundation grants include:

A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California (MOCA)

Quincy Jones: Building For Better Living (Hammer)

The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA (LACMA)

Stephen Prina: As He Remembered It (LACMA)

Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California (Cal Poly Pomona)

Everything Loose Will Land (MAK Center for Art and Architecture)

Windshield Perspective (A+D Architecture and Design Museum)

A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979 (SCI-Arc)

Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams (Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara)

Support for related public programs has also been provided to: 

Center for Land Use Interpretation for On-Site Office Trailers: Invisible Architecture of the Urban Environment, an exhibition of original photography and related construction site tours.

Community Art Resources, Inc. for CicLAvia: Modern Architecture on Wilshire Blvd, an architectural guide and special programming as part of their June 2013 car-free/open streets event.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens for the online exhibition, Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990, and public programming.

Los Angeles Conservancy for Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A., 1940-1990, an interactive online resource as well as tours, public programs and print material.

Los Angeles Philharmonic for The Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy Conversation, a discussion with the three Pritzker Prize-winning architects who are designing sets for this unique interdisciplinary series.

Machine Project for The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture, a performance series at architectural sites across the city.

Pasadena Heritage for Pasadena 1940 Forward: Residential Architecture of the Recent Past, a tour of modernist homes in the Pasadena area along with a related lecture and oral history project.

The UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Department for Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection, a series of discussions about the dynamic and interdisciplinary future of architecture.

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