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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.

 

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Deadline: December 31
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Mar052013

Office Space: Cuningham Group's New Culver City Digs

Cuningham Group's new office design emphasizes sustainability and creativity. Photo by Christiane Ingenthron/courtesy Cuningham Group.In the past week or so, a lot of ink has been spilled (both real and digital), and a lot of airtime has been filled about Marissa Mayer’s recent decision to bring Yahoo employees back into the office. Battle lines have been drawn and pundits have weighed in on the virtues of both.

For those of us who have experience with both, though, it’s a trickier proposition to stake out a claim that one mode of working trumps another. There is something to be said for a setting that includes time for errands or exercise and allows the opportunity to work in solitude—without the distractions that can plague us in the office. On the other hand, working as part of a team definitely has its perks. Decisions can be made immediately and brainstorming sessions can happen just about anywhere. Occasionally the frustrations of one might make us yearn for the other in a classic case of the grass is always greener.

Cuningham Group’s new Culver City space, the site of FORM’s recent Work Ethic event, makes a strong case for continued appeal—and necessity—of the office. As is more and more the case with environments dedicated to creative professions, Cuningham Group’s new digs, in a former industrial building, open things up and bring in light, creating a place of imagination and community.

Native plants in the indoor garden also help clean the air. Photo by Christiane Ingenthron/courtesy Cuningham Group.

Named for its location in the city’s Hayden Tract district, the space features an open, light-flooded, energy-efficiency-boosting floor plan. Large skylights and generous glass windows and doors at the front and rear of the building bathe the occupants in natural light. A noticeable absence of interior walls also allows sunlight to drench the entire space (repurposed shipping containers house offices, servers and storage). Even the most visible interior element, a circular, wood structure that contains two conference rooms and visually connects the front and rear entrances, has a low profile and a lamella pattern that further lightens its presence.

One of the knocks against traditional office spaces is the lack of fresh air. The design of Hayden Place solves this dilemma by having a natural ventilation system that allows fresh air to flow throughout the building, even harnessing the sea breezes that blow through Culver City. More of the outside is brought in—and air quality further improved—with a lush indoor garden planted with native species. Eventually, a “backyard” garden will grow outside.

By far the greatest benefit to working in central office is the chance to interact with colleagues frequently in both formal and informal ways. To foster a sense of both, of community and collaboration, the kitchen set-up gives the chance the staff to gather for family style meals, while a gallery area offers a comfortable space mingle and brainstorm and provides room for events and client meetings.

With its thoughtful design, Cuningham Group's Hayden Place continues the conversation on work, offering a pleasurable, mindful, collaborative experience for its employees. 

 

 

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