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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.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

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.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 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. 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
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Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
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Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

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

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Feb052013

Valentine's Day Gifts by Design

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift for your design-minded beloved? We've got some suggestions for you. Image via pixabay.com

Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. Sure, it might be promoted by the greeting-card industrial complex, and the vast majority of the trinkets sold to honor it might be a little on the, shall we say, hokey side. The sentiment, though, is something we can all get behind. In the spirit of the season, we've chatted with some architects (and their significant others), who have suggestions that will take you beyond candy and flowers.

For architecture writer Terry Bissell, whose partner is architect Jim Jennings, her choice is an Ettore Sottsass–designed Olivetti Valentine typewriter from the late 1960s. It’s “shamelessly literal,” she says, “but that little blast of red (and orange spools!) becomes hearts and flowers in a black-white-gray design office.” You can find them online at Etsy and elsewhere. 

A vintage Olivetti Valentine typewriter makes an analog splash in a digital world. Image via Etsy.com

If you’re searching for something more utilitarian but with flair and a fantastic backstory, the bags, wallets and pouches from Winter Session are a great treat says Iris Anna Regn, an architect and co-founder of Broodwork. “Architects and artists Roy Katz and Tanya Fleisher make utilitarian, everyday objects for men and women that exult in mindful craft. Winter Session is a labor of love (and the owners recently got married) run out of a storefront/workshop in Chicago.”

Winter Session's wallets, totes and cases are meant to last. Image via Winter Session.

If a traditional gift is more your thing, we’ve got an inspired one. When we talked to architect Russell Greenberg (of Stickbulb fame) last week, he mentioned one of his own designs that we think would make a stunning, deeply personal Valentine’s gift. The Cameo by RUX is a ring in gold or platinum shaped from a photo of your (or your beloved’s) profile. Bangles, spinning tops, busts and baby rattles can also be crafted.

Immortalize your beloved's profile in a ring from CameobyRUX. Image via cameobyrux.

Keeping in a traditional vein, Meara Daly, a design communications strategist who happens to be married to architect Tom Perkins, gives a big thumbs up to ceramic pots handmade by Tracy Wilkinson in Los Angeles. “They are the perfect splurge gift you might not get for yourself,” she reports. “We use them for planters (or for holding those valentine flowers), in the kitchen for utensils, and in the office for pens!”

Pots by Tracy Wilkinson feature basket-weave wraps. Image via store-la.com.

Of course, attorney Stacy Horth-Neubert, married to architect Aaron Neubert, of ANX, might just have the best gift idea of all, especially for someone in a creative field: a cleaning service for the office.

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