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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

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

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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May142013

Update: Checking in on Alta Verde Escena

Poon Design and Alta Verde Group collaborated on a Palm Springs development that brings high-end Modernism within reach. Image courtesy Poon Design. Architecturally speaking, your typical tract home, or “production house,” to use a slightly more PC moniker, has more to do with your average Taco Bell than with the elegant California Modernism of A. Quincy Jones, Albert Frey and the like. A few years ago, Andrew Adler, of the residential developer Alta Verde Group, teamed with Poon Design’s Anthony Poon and John Kim to change that—as Lisa Kraeage reported in FORM’s July/August 2011 issue—creating a development of production homes in Palm Springs, Alta Verde Escena, that mix affordability with Modernism.

“The thesis of our project was,” Poon recalls, “‘How can we deliver high-end Modernism at affordable price points?’” The team wanted the look and feel of a multi-million dollar home but for a reachable price. That meant designing expansive floor plans (no tight, cramped rooms) and including plenty of windows that allow in natural light, all with an eye on keeping costs low and production times short. The sleek cabinetry fixtures are sculptural, while the finishes are sophisiticated. Green elements even made it into the design with the incorporation of recycled content materials and rooftop solar panels. The finished houses have a level of aesthetic engagement that belie their ultimately modest costs.

Two years after our initial story, the response to this undertaking has been robust. “Before construction started on the first 12, all of them were sold based on drawings and renderings,” says Poon. With those initial houses just finished last month, construction has started on additional 10 houses, with 130 total planned for the development. There’s also talk of additional developments elsewhere in Southern California, in Arizona and even in Texas.  And, just a few days ago, the project received an Award of Merit at the 2013 Gold Nugget Awards, sponsored by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

 

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