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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.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

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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Oct172013

Workbook: Celebrating the New Year All 365 Days

Guests at the new Novotel in Manhattan walk through a lobby that evokes the New Years celebrations nearby. Image courtesy Gregory Goode/Stonehill & Taylor. How to make a splash in Manhattan? It’s a question that has vexed more than a few. For Novotel, the hotelier well known to travelers throughout Europe and Asia, it was especially important. The company wanted to make a big impression with their new Times Square flagship—and to capture the spirit and uniqueness of the location—without leaning on tired interpretations, so that was one of the key questions posed to four architecture firms competing for the commission.

The winning concept came from the firm of Stonehill & Taylor, but not before some serious digging into the history of the area. “We had six or seven ideas that we started to explore,” says Mike Suomi, a principal at the firm. “Some were interesting; some were weird.” (In the latter category was the legacy of the lobster halls that dotted the neighborhood, which featured waitstaff dressed in lobster costumes.) In the end, though, says Suomi, “We kept going back to the idea that Time Square has become the premier location to observe the passage of the New Year in the Western world. No hotel or restaurant there has that as its primary concept.” 

Elements of the New Year and the passage of time find its way throughout the hotel, inspired by Suomi and his team’s deep exploration of the occasion’s meaning across cultures. The most visible moment, though, and possibly the most directly related to its location, occurs as guests first enter the hotel. You see, the hotel is not far from the where the ball drops—the event ultimately responsible for the crowds each December 31. 

“Guests are coming in from the end of a long journey,” Suomi explains. “It’s jarring, there’s sensory overload then they enter the street lobby that’s relatively small and spend at most 10 minutes there. We wanted it to be a different environment from what they’ve experienced and to be intimate, as opposed to the chaos outside. “We wanted them to be able to decompress and change their attitude and mood before they came to main lobby upstairs—we wanted them to feel reborn.”

The space guests enter is Suomi and his team’s deconstructed New Year’s ball. “It’s very dark, and all you see is this unfolded ball.” Adding to the experience, Suomi choreographed LED light effects that are constantly changing. Depending on the moment someone is in the space, the experience will be different. So, at the top of the hour, there’s a take on the New Year’s countdown and enough other moments that the typical guest will only see a specific event once. There’s even an aural component—a remixed version of Auld Lang Syne that registers as a familiar, though difficult to place, tune in this particular context. 

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