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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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Dec162013

WEB EXTRA: Taking Flight: Sitting Pretty at LAX

Architect Matt Gagnon conceived a series of over-scale lounge chairs for a temporary installation at LAX. Image courtesy Matt Gagnon Studio.Comfort and airports rarely go hand in hand for the general run of traveler. And don't even think about relaxation. Dashing from the car, to check-in, to security and to the gate, you wind up with a chair, if you're lucky. Same goes after you de-plane. And waiting for ground transportation? It's no picnic either. Recently, Los Angeles World Airports asked architect Matt Gagnon to propose a temporary installation for an underused courtyard space at LAX. His novel take transforms that last experience—taking the wait and making a moment of repose, even pleasure. A run of over-scale lounge chairs—think classic backyard loungers—reimagined with nylon strapping, would provide a comfortable space for those minutes before you hop on the shuttle. Illuminattion installed below the seats would add an ambiant lighting effect and make them inviting places to stop even at night.

We talked to Matt about his idea and the inspiration. While it's on hold at the moment, it's an intriguing example of how airports, architects, designers and artists are engaged in rethinking the air travel experience. 

What inspired the concept?

Waiting. Time spent in anticipation of something else tends to be frustrating. I wanted to reframe the time spent waiting for ground transportation by distracting the traveler with an invitation to relax. I was thinking about of ways to welcome people to LA.

Did you immediately think they'd be over scale or was that an idea that developed over time?

The original intent was to create a landscape type environment for people to sit that would be playful and inviting. The deck chaise typology evolved out of that exploration. It is a form people understand and have positive associations with unlike the benches typically found at curb side pick up.

What about the seat belts? Was that an idea there at the beginning?

I wanted to connect the seating environment to the airport experience. I felt that repurposing a mundane safety device as a delightful gesture towards comfort would help people connect the installation to their overall travel experience.

What about the ambient lighting effect? Was that an idea from the get-go?

The space for the project is beneath the departure drop-off roadway and is dark even in the daytime. A main goal of the installation was to activate this area that is currently underused. The lighting is an easy way to invite people into the space at night. 

What are some of least user-friendly pieces of airport architecture and/or design? What could be done to improve them?

Travel is so often the dominated by qualities of efficiency and safety. From a functional or practical perspective that is fine, but I think there could be more gestures to support and encourage the positive psychological and emotional aspects of travel. 

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