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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. 

 

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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