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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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Events: New Urbanism Film Festival 

Next week, a new kind of film festival hits Los Angeles. For the first time, the city will play host to the first New Urbanism Film Festival, the brainchild of Josh Paget and Joel Joel Karahadian, two Angelenos with a passion for New Urbanism. Their interest in the subject led them to start a group, Noodles and New Urbanism, a monthly meet-up where developments and ideas around the topic could be discussed. It led to a blog, for members to discuss topics further, and, ultimately, the film festival, where a critical mass of like-minded people could come together on a larger scale. The festival will run four days and feature a range of films on issues relating to new urbanism. Walking tours, workshops and a podcast are all on the schedule.

We aked festival co-director Joel Karahadian a bit about more about the genesis of the project and what they hope to accomplish.

Why?  Why a film festival on the subject of Urban Planning?

The New Urbanism Film Festival was created to move the conversation about urban planning out of the textbook and beyond the council chambers and show it on the big screen.  To open up the dialogue of urban design to include the general public, we must offer a language with which to dialogue.  And movies are the language of Los Angeles.  Showcasing movies about architecture, urban design, bicycling, walkability, and public health, we hope to engage all the players of urban planning--designers, metro riders, bicycle riders, architects, politicians, along with the general public—in a broader dialogue about how we are making our city a better place.

You’re not an urban planner, how did you get interested in urban design?

We were in a book group, and we read James Howard Kunstler’s Geography of Nowhere.  When we got to the end of it, I suggested we read the sequel Home from Nowhere.  At that mere suggestion, the book group dismissed me. A few of us then started our own book group dedicated to reading planning books. We read Andres Duany, Eric Jacobsen, Reyner Banham, William Fain, Jeff Mapes.  At which point we were so excited about this issue, it was almost like a religious conversion. We started telling everyone about it. We didn’t knock on doors. But we did get “missional,” in wanting to participate and plan some events that would promote walkability and quality urban design. After a few years, we found the best tool we had was the videos we’d show people. So that got us thinking we should produce a film festival. We’ve both worked on other festivals, now it was time to work on a festival with a subject we are passionate about. 

What guides did you use in selecting short films?

We wanted videos that were informative, ones that presented new ideas, but mainly we looked for videos that were fun. We didn’t want a video tape of a lecture. We wanted something that engages the viewer and gets them asking questions about architecture and design. If folks want more detailed information, it’s available. After each screening we have a Q&A, not with the filmmaker, but with an urban planner. If the audience is left wanting more detailed information, the planner will be right there to reap the harvest. And if the audience is really hooked, they can get pick up a book from the pop-up bookstore in the lobby.

What’s been the most surprising element of the festival?

How right we were. The general public has responded really well. When we tell them that the film festival is about architecture and urban planning, they always become more interested. When we first started planning the festival we sought out the advice and support of architects, planners, and advocacy organizations.  Many of them seemed skeptical and some even questioned if there were enough videos to merit a festival. Now, we have more videos than we can fit into four days. And we’ve got an audience that is primed to learn and share ideas.

What’s the best short film in the festival?

They are all good. I have my favorites, sure. I think the best one is one of the short films in the architecture block. It may not be the most amazing short film you’ll see during the four days, but it did change my opinion on one architect I’ve always struggled to understand. And that’s exactly the kind of experience we want to cultivate for our audience during our festival. So for me that one was the best, but after the fest you can tell me your favorite. 

FORM is pleased to be a media partner for the event. Balcony Press, our publisher, will have a pop-up bookstore at the event in the Acme Theater lobby. Drop by and say hi. For the festival schedule and tickets, click here

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