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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

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.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

Competitions

Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 
ASLA

Deadline: May 18
Imagine Hillandale
Imagine Hillandale

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 
AIA|LA

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

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Mar042013

Glass Masters: New Designs from LA's Pulp Studio

Retro, one of the new designs from Pulp Sutdio's BOING range of decorative architectural glass. Photo courtesy Pulp Studio.Sometimes it feels like we’re living in the future. Everywhere you look, industries are pushing the envelope—testing just how far a given material can be manipulated, changed or improved upon. Case in point: Pulp Studio, a pioneering Los Angeles–based company that has been developing and manufacturing specialty glass products for most of the last two decades.

Over the years, the firm’s research and experimentions has yielded an impressive list of new products, with two new releases, provocatively dubbed BOING and Fragmento, continuing the tradition. “BOING is a wonderful example of how we can take our laminated glass product to the next level,” says Pulp Studio CEO Bernard Lax. “Normally we use two layers of glass with a single interlayer (a sandwich) —but here we have used up to three or four (a club sandwich). The clear colors read through each other to create additional color mixes, and the thickness and see-into quality gives the product great depth.” The resulting designs are bold and graphic, with an amazing three-dimensional quality.

The company's new Fragmento design is composed of thousands of shards of glass. Image courtesy Pulp Studio.In contrast, says Lax, the design “Fragmento is a more organic form of taking multiple pieces of broken glass and fusing them to create a textural and abstract form. Normally this type of material would be more craft oriented and subject to only non-commercial application, but by using our other techniques we are able to produce the glass to comply with the required safety standards that are necessary for these commercial applications.”

Even better, they can be customized with virtually any pattern or color, allowing clients to let their imaginations run wild. Lax is quick to point as much. “Products are just ideas; our real expertise is helping the designer or architect understand what he/she can do with glass, which is a very technical material that only the most experienced manufacturers can truly understand. We don’t just sell a product, we collaborate with architects as glass engineers so that they can be assured that their project ideas have longevity.”

 

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