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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
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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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Feb252013

Reviving Eichler

An Eichler sales brochure. A new venture aims to build EIchler homes using original plans. Image via Monique Lombardelli.Say the words “Eichler home” and a very specific set of images are conjured up: patios, atriums, floor-to-ceiling windows, glass transoms, post-and-beam interiors, the nostalgic glow of the midcentury good life in Northern and Southern California. Now these houses, built between 1950 and 1974 and designed by some of the leading lights of Modernist architecture, are prized possessions, with a demand that far outstrips the supply.

Bay Area real estate agent Monique Lombardelli knows the situation all too well. For several years now she has been selling homes and all-too-frequently finds clients who want one thing: an Eichler home. Trouble is, they don’t come on the market that often. “People wait for months for Eichlers to come up,” she says, since homeowners who have them tend to hang on to them.

That the passion Eichler homes inspire comes as no shock to Lombardelli. She’s passionate about them too—so much so that she recently produced a documentary People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler. The film covers the genesis of Eichler’s firm and developments and features interviews with son Ned Eichler and seven current Eichler homeowners. With the film, Lombardelli tries to get to the heart of why these houses inspire such devotion.

An early Eichler development. Image via Monique Lombardelli.

Now she has an even more ambitious project brewing: building new Eichler homes. “My clients want Eichler homes,” says Lombardelli. “I know architects who only work on Eichlers, I have clients who have land. I talked to the Eichlers about reviving the company, and we decided to put all the pieces together.” To get the project going, Lombardelli had to track down and obtain the rights to the original plans. She now has the rights to five designs, including a double-A frame and a standard A-frame model. They’re being update to meet 21-century code requirements and will be stamped by Ned Eichler.

Lombardelli looks to have the first homes completed within a year, with interest not just in the Bay Area but throughout the country as well. She has received inquiries about building houses in Oregon, Arizona and even Kanas. It's an all-cosuming project at the moment, but, she says, "I have more happiness with this, than with anything I've ever done."

 

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