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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. 

 

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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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Mar142013

The FORM 13: A Conversation with Griz Dwight

Griz Dwight's D.C.–based practice specializes in restaurant and retail projects, including Barbatella. Photo by Amber Fredericksen/Courtesy Grizform Design Architects.

At FORM, we really like to know what makes architects and designers tick. What inspires them, delights them, even what aggravates them. It helps us understand their own work and gives us a better understanding of the current states of the profession. We're pleased to inaugurate a new series on FORMmag.net today—brief conversations with architects and designers, where we take their pulse—and the pulses of their industries. Up first is a q-and-a with Griz Dwight, the principal and owner of Grizform Design Architects, based in Washington, D.C. He gives us plenty to think about.

What direction do you see the profession heading?

We are finally getting beyond the nostalgia trend that design has been stuck in for the past few years. I understand why we all have been looking back to better times. The economy has been tough on many and we wish that it was the way it used to be. Moving forward, designs will be cleaner and more minimal, but spaces will maintain their warmth and character. Natural materials are here to stay, but let’s reinvent the way that we use them.

What buildings inspire you?

I am generally inspired by things other than buildings, but I have been impressed with some of the resort design that I have seen recently. There is a trend with extremely well thoughtout buildings that touch the landscape lightly in a sculptural way. To be honest, I have not actually seen any of the places that I am referring to in person, but I would like to. I’m looking for a travel sponsor if you are interested.

Where else do you find inspiration?

Not to sound too cheesy, but I am finding inspiration everywhere these days. I have two young children and their discovering of the world is inspiring. I am seeing ordinary objects in a new light through their eyes and getting fresh readings from things that I have seen every day.

What are your three favorite objects?

My iPad, my chef’s knife, and my ski boots, though not necessarily in that order.

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)?

Depends on the time of year. Desert island, Tuscan villa, ski resort, and good old Washington, D.C., are all high on the list.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

Environmentalism. We need to use our resources sparingly.

Color—yes or no?

Yes. We live in a color world so why take it out of our designs? I think that a lot of designers are afraid of color. Embrace it.

What are you reading?

My email.

What are you wearing?

I wear jeans every day. Casual events or formal, jeans go with everything. I cannot remember the last time that I put on a pair of khakis.

What are you eating?

One of the great fringe benefits of being a restaurant architect is that I get to eat very, very well. Recently, I have had amazing meals at Woodward Table, Toki Underground, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Fiola. We also have a rule at home that the one who cooks does not have to clean. I hate doing the dishes so I make unnecessarily elaborate meals instead of the one-pot wonders that I made as a bachelor.

Do you listen to music while you're working?

Yes, my brain freezes without music in the office. We have a rule that anyone in the office can play whatever they want and anyone can veto at any time, however the music must stay on. Music in the office is the first question that I ask potential employees.

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Both. Sketches are great for the quick idea and computers are best for working out the details. You always need to use the best tool for the job.

Social media—yes or no?

Maybe. . . I do not have a personal Facebook page, but we do have a GrizForm one. I also make the occasional tweet.

 

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