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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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Apr042013

The FORM 15: Matt Gagnon

 

Matt Gagnon's Knit Fort made with strips of wood knit together with rubber cord. Image Mark Iantosca/Matt Gagnon Studio.As part of our on-going series of conversations with architects about the state of the profession, their inspiration and other pressing questions, today we get the perspective of Matt Gagnon. A product of Cornell University, Gagnon worked for Frank Gehry and Gaetano Pesce before launching his own studio in 2002. Since then, he has taken on a variety of projects, with clients ranging from W Resorts to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

What direction do you see the profession heading?

I am not sure where it is heading, but I think architects will need to become more entrepreneurial in their outlook in order to exploit opportunities that architects are well suited to, but I believe are missing out on under the traditional patronage-type of client relationships. And hopefully competitions will diminish as a means of hiring an architect in the future.

What buildings inspire you?

Recently I have been looking at the concrete shell structures of Felix Candela and the work of Jose Antonio Coderch.

Where else do you find inspiration?

Industrial design, art and everyday surroundings.

What are your three favorite objects?

My Chemex coffee maker, the original Fiat 500 and Achille Castiglioni's Taraxacum 88 lamp—although it is fairly excessive with 60 bulbs.

Who are some of your favorite young architects?

I don't think I have favorites. There are a lot of interesting ideas and projects being proposed by young firms.

Do you listen to music while you're working?

On and Off. Some days I really want the influence of music on my mood and other days I enjoy the silence.

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

At the moment I am happy living in LA. I suppose it would be cooler if I lived in a space I designed.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

The pursuit of exclusivity or luxury as a marketing strategy for "designed" spaces.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

I hope the interest in improving public space.

Color—yes or no?

I always start out thinking about color but so often end up without it. I would like more color.

What are you reading?

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor and The Craft Reader, edited by Glenn Adamson.

What are you wearing?

Usually a sweater

What are you eating?

My wife's homemade pizza.

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Both.

Social media-yes or no?

Not really but I probably should be.

 

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