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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deadline: August 18
Fabric
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Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
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Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

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

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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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