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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

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
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

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

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Apr022013

Conversation: Talking with Elias Redstone, of Archizines

The exhibition in Osaka. design museum de sign de > (Osaka) Photography: Kenta Hasegawa.

Around the world, there is a thriving culture of architectural publishing. Ranging from architectural magazines to fanzines and journals, they’re written and edited by architects, artists and students. Inspired by their breadth, depth and insight, Elias Redstone has showcased dozens of these titles on his Archizines Web site. The project has expanded to include a touring exhibition, which will next stop at UCLA A.UD—opening on April 12 at the school’s Perloff Hall.

Intrigued by his vision and the publications, we spoke with Redstone about the project, his inspiration and vision. To hear more about the project, he will be part of a panel discussion on April 12, moderated by Sylvia Lavin, UCLA architecture and urban design professor and director of critical studies.

 

How did this come about? Was there a particular publication that caught your eye and started it all?

I became interested in independent publishing through visiting zine and art book fairs and meeting people making publications about architecture that were so different to the established architectural press. They felt so fresh and personal, with a real passion for architecture in all it forms. I met editors in the mid 2000s including Felix Burrichter and Pablo Leon de la Barra who went on to start PIN–UP and Pablo Internacional Magazine. Meeting these people, and many more since, inspired me to start collecting this emerging generation of independent architecture magazines, which I collectively termed ‘Archizines’. I soon began discovering new titles wherever I travelled and realised this was a global phenomenon.

The touring exhibition is my way of celebrating the most influential and inspiring magazines, fanzines and student journals injecting an independent and alternative spirit into architectural publishing. The exhibition at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s Perloff Gallery surveys 90 publications from over 20 countries alongside video interviews with their creators. These publications provide new platforms for commentary, criticism and research into the spaces we inhabit and the practice of architecture. Edited by architects, artists and students, they make an important, and often radical, addition to architectural discourse and demonstrate the residual love for printed matter in the digital age.

 

Why have the publications suddenly blossomed around the world? What in the current climate is driving the interest?

There is a long history of architectural publishing with previous generations well documented, such as the Clip Stamp Fold research project that explored little architecture magazines of the 1960s and 1970s. What is unique now is that these publications are flourishing in the digital age. Instead of just publishing online, so many people still believe in the importance and power of print. All the publications in the exhibition are responding in one way or another to the Internet—whether sourcing content and reaching audiences, or reacting against the ephemeral nature of websites.

There are a few factors that are driving the proliferation of publishing activity we are seeing today. The economic downturn has made publishing a comparatively affordable way for expressing ideas or thinking about architecture. It is also partly a response to existing publications – people feel that there are different ways to consider architecture and our build environment that are not being addressed. So they are investing time and energy to put their own ideas out there instead.

At the same time, for some people printed matter is a basic creative instinct. They grew up in the self- publishing, zine culture of the 80s and 90s and continue to use publishing as a means of expression and connecting with people.

 

Can you speak a little about the irony that these print publications are coming to wider audience because of your online project?

The irony was not lost on me! The first part of the project was to identify new publishing and communicate the project around the world, and the best way to do this was on the internet. I launched the www.archizines.com in January 2011 and immediately I was receiving emails from people putting out publications in the USA, Australia, China and dozens of other countries. I am constantly contacted by publications that hear about the project and want to be part of it, and the collection is still growing.

The website also allowed me to start cataloguing and comparing the publications I was collecting. Along with a Facebook page, the website is also the focus for information about the touring exhibition which, since launching at the Architectural Association in London has toured to venues in 17 cities including Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Irish Architecture Foundation in Dublin, RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne and the Tokyo Art Book Fair.

 

Since the show is coming to LA, what's your take on the city's architecture scene?

I love LA! Not everyone enjoys LA’s particular form of urbanism, but it seems to breed an experimental and exciting architecture scene and has nurtured pioneering movements and styles from modernism to contemporary, digital practices. I will be doing some archi-tourism when I visit for the exhibition at UCLA Architecture and Design.

 

What can more mass-market publications learn from these publications?

Archizines is not a critique of the mainstream. These publications have established audiences and deliver a high quality product. However, Archizines will hopefully show that there are multiple voices and approaches to writing and thinking about architecture.

 

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