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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.

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.

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.

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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Preservation: A Conversation with Leo Marmol, FAIA

Richard Neutra's Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, which was restored by Marmol Radziner. Leo Marmol, the firm's managing principal, will speak on the restoration of Modern architecture on Thursday in Los Altos, California. Photo by David Glomb.
To hear Leo Marmol, FAIA, speak on the restoration of Modern architecture is to hear one of the most accomplished, thoughtful practitioners of the craft. With the award-winning restoration of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, he and Ron Radziner, his partner in the firm Marmol Radziner, established themselves as key players in the then-nascent realm of Modernist preservation. Where before little attention had been paid to the significant structures (resulting in countless sad losses), the work they undertook was part of a groundswell of appreciation and awareness. On Thursday, March 14, Marmol will speak on Modern preservation in Los Altos, California, as part of the Los Altos Neutra House Architecture Speaker Series. We had the chance to talk with him recently about his firm’s restoration work, his philosophy on restoration, and why living in an historic building doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice modern conveniences for authenticity.

 

 

How has architectural restoration changed since you first worked on the Kaufmann residence?

 

 

Our approach hasn’t changed. Each project is different and has a different methodology and perspective. The Kaufmann House was an incredibly academic restoration process. We were able to take back to what it was in 1947. It had been transformed into full time residence and had many additions. Our clients were going to turn it back into a vacation house. Rarely do we have that opportunity. Typically, we have to have the houses work as full-time houses. Our clients have demands and expectations about how we want those houses to perform. 

 

 

Other houses are simply different. All historic properties have the burden to uncover as much as possible. We can learn from the actual construction and the intent of the original architect. 

 

 

How has your restoration work informed the rest of your practice? 

 

 

Restoration work absolutely informs our new projects. We only work from a preservation perspective for modern structures. We want to learn from those [older] buildings. The ideas, issues and concepts employed during those projects are very relevant today. You could even argue that they’re more relevant. The desire to connect to exterior environment—we’re even more aware of that. The goal of simplifying the interior experience—that’s relevant in a world that’s very distracting and chaotic. Houses become a place of peace and repose. They’re a nurturing, supportive place for the family, where you can be visually protected from the chaos of daily life. The Modern goal of connection and simplification is the real root of sustainability and a real issue for today’s families. 

 

Have your clients ever asked you to do something with a historic property you felt uncomfortable about, or are your clients a self-selecting group?

 

 

Our clients are self-selecting, but we have been asked to do things that have been controversial in the preservation community. These things deserve the same care as things that are less controversial. If we have to make changes to historic fabric, we do it within standards defined for preservation and with respect and research. We’re prepared to defend decisions. For example, we’ve been asked to take houses back to starting point—where the original architect designed the additions. In that case, taking it back to true state is a controversial decision. 

 

 

Disagreements and discussions in our profession are healthy. There isn’t one answer to a design problem. Owners of historic houses deserve a huge amount of respect and care from our preservation community. They’re asked to make sacrifices that are not necessary or appropriate. We can’t ask them not to have big-screen TVs or modern appliances. We have to accommodate their expectations—otherwise more significant houses will be destroyed. We can only support so many museums. These houses have to be occupied by real people, families and pets. It’s the responsibility within the preservation community to support those lives. 

 

 

Are people more aware of preservation nowadays?

 

 

There has been a growth and expansion in the interest in Modern buildings. When we started on the Kaufmann House in 1993, there was little known and little conversation about modern preservation. The interest has grown up during our career. Now there’s a level of curiosity and interest and passion that simply did not exist. To see that, be able to participate in that excitement is wonderful. There’s also the institutional growth with the Getty and Palm Springs Modernism Week. 

 

 

We’re very fortunate to have had opportunity to work with some significant works by brilliant architects at a time when there wasn’t a lot of interest and to say this is possible, this is fruitful, this is valuable. There are ways to do it to preserve it and provide a way of life. You don’t have to sacrifice your life. Historic residences provide all the opportunities you’d have in non-historic houses—and you can live in an important building.

 

 

What are some of the biggest mistakes people make when doing a renovation/restoration of a significant property?

 

 

The biggest mistake is to hire a design firm that doesn’t have an interest in the historic process or interest in the time period. They come from a perspective where they want to make changes but without a willingness to understand the traditions they are messing with. Not to say that people who don’t have experience can’t to do it, they just have to have a willingness to have these conversations. 

 

 

What do you see as your role in preserving the legacy of historic 20th-century architecture?

 

 

We hope our role is one of advocacy and support for people who own extraordinary houses or buildings. We hope we can be seen in the profession as being willing to tackle the challenging projects and push boundaries of what’s acceptable to the preservation community in support of people who live in our buildings and want to support them in their process. Often we get calls from people who want to refinish wood, change a fireplace, fix stonework and are worried that they will do it in a way that will reap criticism. We refer people to help them, and give small tips and suggestions. We wish we could help more. 

 

 

What would you say to an architect in 40 or 50 years on who might be undertaking a restoration of a Marmol Radziner residence? 

 

 

Down the line, we hope they continue the modern ideology that prizes quality, beauty and efficiency. We hope our buildings exemplify those ideas and hope that those who alter our buildings in the future will respect those same goals. They will be changed. If you care for materials in a modern way, have to respect their use, employ them with respect—that’s all we can ask.

 

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