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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.

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.

Docomomo US Tour Day 2014
October 11, 2014

Docomomo US is pleased to announce the full schedule of Tour Day, one of the largest national programs devoted to the appreciation of Modern architecture in the United States. Set to take place on October 11, 2014 and throughout the month of October, this year’s event includes more than 50 tours planned in 21 states and 37 individual cities and brings together 17 Docomomo US Chapters, 5 Friend Organizations, in addition to architecture and preservation organizations, architects, historians, designers, and enthusiasts. Hosted by many of the leading preservation voices, Tour Day 2014 events will offer something for everyone.

Get inside the Neutra VDL House with Host: Natural Histories for Los Angeles
October 11, 2014

This fall, curators from three Los Angeles-based organizations come together as part of World Wide Storefront, a Storefront for Art and Architecture project, to present Host: Natural Histories for Los Angeles. This series of exhibitions and events is a collaboration between Big City Forum, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and the Neutra VDL Research House.

Santa Monica Conservancy's Annual Salon
October 12, 2014
The Santa Monica Conservancy will host its annual fundraising salon at the historic Bundy House on Sunday, October 12, from 3 – 5 pm.  Constructed in 1913 for developer Thomas Clark Bundy and his wife, tennis champion May Sutton Bundy, the home was designed by eminent Los Angeles architects Hunt & Burns. This house was one of the first constructed in its neighborhood and remains highly intact today, retaining its original blend of Colonial Revival and Craftsman features.

Spark* Perkins + Will Dialogue with Arid Lands Institute

October 15, 2014
We’ll be re-launching a design dialogue series called “SPARK,” which will be showcasing all of the innovative and progressive solutions to LA's water issues submitted this year for one last time, before these ideas get packed up and displayed in Perkins+Will offices around the world!

Networking & CPD Presentation
Photovoltaic Systems: Leasing and Valuation by James Finlay, MRICS

October 16, 2014
Installation costs of solar PV continue to drop as energy costs rise, making this distributed power system a more frequent component of real estate valuation.  This session will be an overview of current tools to determine market valuation as well as a primer on solar PV leasing and financing.

Westedge Design Fair
October 16–19, 2014
The curated fair features over 150 leading and emerging, domestic and international furnishings brands. Catering to both trade and consumers, the event offers a complete experience for attendees, including panel discussions and workshops, culinary activities, custom installations, and a series of special events.

4th Annual Found L.A.
October 19, 2014
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the non-profit L.A. Commons (www.lacommons.org) will host its 4th annual Found L.A: Festival of Neighborhoods, and its first based on a mayoral theme, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Program. Angelenos will explore the main arteries of neighborhoods around the city, developed and not so, and meet the people in the center of activity there.

ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference
October 23–24, 2014
DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community through the combined support of the research networks of the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.

ASLA SoCal Chapter Quality of Life Design Awards
October 23, 2014
The Southern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects holds its biennial awards, honoring excellence in designs originating in one of the nation's largest chapters and executed across the globe. 77 Projects were submitted and over 40 were awarded by our esteemed jurors in the categories of Design, Planning and Analysis, Communication, Student, and Concepts, Ideas and Theories.

2014 Design Awards Gala
October 29, 2014
The 2014 AIA|LA Design Awards location and date has been set for this year. We are excited to host you at the Heart of Downtown Los Angeles with the ceremony at the Million Dollar Theater and the reception at Grand Central Market. Join us at this amazing and historic venue to honor our winners and honorees.

LA Conservancy Presents "We Heart Garden Apartments!”
November 1, 2014

Imagine living in a garden oasis in the middle of America’s second-largest city. Thousands of people do, and it’s a unique and endangered way of life in development-prone L.A. Here’s a chance to see what life is like in historic garden apartments, “villages in the city” that could never be built today.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 6–9, 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.

de LaB's Making LA Conference

November 7, 2014
During the conference, we'll be exploring the themes of Water, Transportation, Density and Community. Our hope is to hear from a diverse range of practitioners, city officials, makers and artists who are deeply involved in/committed to these themes. We're looking to include conversations, videos, slideshows and presentations about projects that are currently in development and recently completed that are promising to shape the future of Los Angeles. Our goal is to showcase ideas, visions, projects and more that explore how Los Angeles can make huge strides in terms of water conservation, transit richness, urban density and important community initiatives. Current confirmed speakers for the water section include: Deborah Weintraub, Deborah Deets, Carol Armstrong, Omar Brownson, WeTap, among others. Other conference speakers include Moby, Mayor Aja Brown, and representative from Side Streets Projects and Resilient Cities, among many others.

USGBC-Los Angeles’10th Annual Green Gala

November 13, 2014
The Los Angeles Chapter of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA) will host the Chapter’s 10th Annual Green Gala on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 6:30 – 10:30pm at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. The Green Gala is recognized as the single largest annual vehicle for communication, celebration and bridge-building among those who think, act, design and build greener throughout the County of Los Angeles and its metropolitan areas.

DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made

November 14, 2014

West Hollywood Design District presents the 3rd annual DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made, a one-day design symposium that offers culturally resonating discussions, panels and keynotes from leaders in the fields of design, decorative arts, fashion, architecture and fine arts.

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.

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadline: October 31

Show Us Your Baldwin
Baldwin

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

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

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FORM Holiday: Balcony Press Presents the Perfect Present

Looking for the perfect gifts for the art, architecture and design lovers on your list? Look no further than Balcony Press, FORM's publisher. From bridges in Pasadena to bicycles in Paris, we've got plenty of books to delight your friends and family. For more fabulous titles, visit our Web site. 

Tavo Olmos
The Colorado Street Bridge: Restoration Project Photographs, 1991-1993
Photographer Tavo Olmos was contracted by the City of Pasadena to document the restoration project for the Colorado Street Bridge. The images were edited, printed and forgotten—until now. On the occasion of the bridge's centennial, this book features select views of the deconstruction, the reconstruction, and the dedicated workers who undertook this painstaking process.

Photography by Gil Garcetti
Paris: Women & Bicycles
For nearly three years, Gil Garcetti, has been photographing women riding bicycles in Paris. Women of all ages, smartly dressed, use bicycles to get to work, to visit friends, to go shopping, go to the movies or the opera, and even to funerals. The weather is never an impediment—these women ride in the snow, the rain and the heat. With evocative urban imagery and lush color, this book will inspire readers to leave their cars for their bikes wherever they may need to go with Parisian flair. This book is one component of a community bicycling initiative in Southern California.

Photographs by Meg McComb
The Gamble House Cookbook: Good Design | Good Food
Introduction by Mark Peel
Preface by Robert Harris, FAIA
One of the important principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement was the lifestyle it represented. The natural use of materials, the flow of space, the abundant fresh air all represented a slow, graceful and organic way of living. After 100 years as one of the arts and crafts most important architectural landmarks, The Gamble House Cookbook portrays this lifestyle through Mrs. Gamble’s own recipes in her original handwriting reinterpreted for today by celebrity chef Mark Peel. 

Contemporary recipes and stylish menus round out the culinary experience while an introduction by architect Robert Harris conveys an architect’s appreciation for the experience of the dining room itself gleaned from his many meals shared their with colleagues. Intimate images of the domestic landscape by photographer Meg McComb transport the reader to a more relaxed time in one of America’s most beautiful homes.

Looking for a fun, festive addition to your holiday cocktail party? See below . . .

Vodka Tomatoes, AKA Bloody Mary on a Stick, from The Gamble House Cookbook

1 basket of firm, ripe cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup ice-cold premium vodka
1/4 cup kosher salt
Cocktail toothpicks

Bring about 3 cups of water to a boil. Plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water for 20 seconds. Remove from water and plunge into ice water for 10 seconds. Drain. Peel the tomatoes and place in a bowl. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate. 

When ready to serve, place the tomatoes on a rimmed platter. Pour the ice-cold vodka over the tomatoes to almost cover. Serve tomatoes with toothpicks and salt in a small bowl.

Spear a tomato with a toothpick and dip the tomato in the salt. 

Yield: 20–25 tomatoes

Photography by Warren Marr
Descanso: An Urban Oasis Revealed
Rancho del Descanso-The Ranch of Rest-Descanso Gardens is one of Los Angeles' oldest botanical gardens. Previously a Spanish rancho and later the estate of publisher and horticulturist E. Manchester Boddy the 160 acres was granted to the people of Los Angeles County including one of the world's finest collections of camellias and oaks. Marr's garden images called to mind the long tradition of photographers who have responded creatively to the garden and its timeless appeal. Descanso Gardens is what Marr refers to as a "natural light box," and the result of his photographic explorations is what Getty curator Anne Lyden calls "lyrical and luminous." The lush panoramic images combined with essays on the significance of the Gardens' plants and history make an elegant volume for photography and garden lovers.

Margaret Leslie Davis
Bullocks Wilshire
This elegant book chronicles the efforts of the impressive team of international architects, designers and retailers who created Los Angeles' famed Art Deco masterpiece. 

Photography by Gil Garcetti
Dance in Cuba
Garcetti’s book of photographs, Dance in Cuba, is a visual chronicle of Cuba’s little-known, yet extremely vibrant, dance culture. Working with Alicia Alonso, Director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Garcetti enjoyed unprecedented access to classical ballet and contemporary dance studios in addition to street and folk dance troupes.

Three Books by Virginia Comer
The Urban Details Series 
Stairways, fountains and streetlights are among the many overlooked small things that enrich and give character to our cityscapes. Seeing and appreciating them is the idea behind the Urban Details series. Many have significant histories and are associated with important civic leaders, and many are merely the result of some functional requirement, but nearly all are the product of the loving hand labor of talented artisans.

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