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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

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Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
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Deadline: January 16
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Deadline: February 23
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Tuesday
Dec102013

FORM Tech: Seeing Things

Spacemaker VR is a new virtual reality tool that creates an immersive digital experience for designers, architects and clients alike. Image courtesy Digital Physical. Over his 10-year career as an architect, Digital Physical CEO Robert Miles Kemp “worked on everything from skyscrapers to houses,” he says, but “it was difficult to have clients understand everything we’d show them. I wanted to build a real time design tool.” Kemp eventually moved on from building structures on to building software, but the experience planted a seed.

Enter Digital Physical’s Spacemaker VR, a new tool that takes 3D design files and turns them into virtual worlds. Say you’re an architect. You can bring a headset to your client (one of the great benefits of the product is its portability—it can easily fit into a backpack), and she puts it on. Immediately, she has a 110-degree view of the project making it feel “like you’re in it for real,” says Kemp. “The architect can be there with them, driving the keyboard and taking them around the space, talk to them and ask questions.” As an added bonus, other viewers can watch on-screen in mono-view, creating a unique forum for back-and-forth on the design and putting the architect and client on the same page. There’s even an option that allows jpegs to be made and annotated later.  

The response has been enthusiastic, to say the least. “Every architect has freaked out,” says a delighted Kemp. “They love the idea of being able to use it as a daily design tool.” The new software accepts 25 different formats. From there, it will automatically create a 3D file. “It’s easy for me to design a space, take my model file, go into my design and look at it.” It’s a great addition to the architect and designers’ toolbox, allowing ideas to be tested and refined in real-time, saving time and money.

For Kemp, this iteration of the project is an entry-level product. “We’re just at the beginning of seeing what a real time design tool can do,” he says.

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