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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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ASLA

Deadline: May 18
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Imagine Hillandale

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 
AIA|LA

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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FORM Culture: In New Orleans, Integrating Music and Architecture

The Music Box served as a proof-of-concept for New Orleans Airlift's ambitious Dithyrambalina. The new project will explore the idea of musical architecture in a village of small structures. Image via New Orleans Airlift/Dithyrambalina.The words “New Orleans” conjure up some specific flavors, sights and sounds: gumbo, po’boys, jazz, shotgun houses. At the moment, a visionary arts organization, New Orleans Airlift, is working to bring the worlds of music, architecture and art together in a new and creative way. Dubbed Dithyrambalina, the undertaking, the brainchild of artists Swoon, Delaney Martin, Taylor Lee Shepherd and Jay Pennington, is engaging fellow artists, musicians and inventors to create a village of musical, playable houses.

It’s actually the second phase of the project. Earlier, Martin and company created the Music Box as a proof-of-concept to create what they term “musical architecture”—structures that can be played. This is not just drumming on a wall—the dwellings had instruments embedded in their walls, ceilings and floors.  The project drew a stunning mix of artists and musicians, including Andrew W.K. and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, not to mention some of the leading names in the New Orleans music scene. 

A stunning success, the group is aiming to recreate it permanently this time. The initial concept for this second phase involved a single structure designed by Swoon to be built on a fixed location. However, “we don’t have the funding for it and need the broad support of coalition of neighbors,” explains Delaney Martin. Instead, says Martin, “We’re building houses now and deploying them around the city—the inaugural ones have been chosen for their mobility.” For these initial structures, the team is working with a variety of organizations.

The New Orleans Master Crafts Guild is at work on one with Swoon, set to be ready next spring. “In essence, their family members have inspired our project,” says Martin, who notes many of the organization’s current members’ relatives have been responsible for the look of the city’s built environment for generations. Another collaboration brings the organization together with the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Development & Engagement. That project will push ideas of green building and sustainability further. There’s also a partnership with a university in the works, which will experiment with future structures in ways that explore technology and its intersection with music and architecture.

“It’s a phased approach,” says Martin. “No city or village appears over night. We’re slowly accumulating ideas and building styles. Even after we have a permanent site, we’ll continue to build new houses and keep it vibrant. We’ll grow things in an organic manner and strategic manner.”

To learn more and to contribute to Dithyrambalina’s Kickstarter campaign, going on now through October 20, visit here

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