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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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Workbook: Bridging the Gap

 Guy Martin's chair design for the LA restaurant Trois Mec merge the digital and the handmade. Image courtesy Guy Martin.

Trois Mec, the new Los Angeles restaurant from chef Ludovic Lefebvre (late of L’Orangerie, Bastide, Ludo Bites, and Top Chef Masters to name just a few) and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, of Animal and Son of a Gun fame, challenges the traditional approach to dining—for starters, instead of reservations, guests purchase timed tickets for entry. For our purposes, though, one of the most compelling parts of the restaurant, housed in a former pizza joint that still maintains its unassuming facade, just may be the chairs.

They’re the brainchild of designer Guy Martin, a SCI-Arc graduate, who has been quietly making a name for himself doing digital design, craft and fabrication. The assignment came about, when Lefebvre, whom he had known for over a decade, tapped him “to warm up the space,” he says and create more seating.

“The project was a bit of a dance back and forth,” recalls Martin. “We were trying to pull out organic nose to tail shapes—something organic and very sinewy.” Over the course of six months and many prototypes, a form evolved which blends a light, translucent chair with carved mahogany legs. “We started doing very basic work and went through about 10 concepts,” he recalls. The end result “bridges the gap between a strong digital aesthetic with handcrafted notions.”

Martin’s chairs for Trois Mec mark a return of sorts to his roots. A Louisiana native, he had his own furniture line for several years prior to moving to Los Angeles. “When I came here for grad school and started the architectural fabrication company, the furniture took a back seat for a while as I learned new technologies and techniques,” he explains. “Now I’m releasing things into the public a bit more.”

Speaking of restaurants, you still have a few weeks left to vote for the Restaurant Design Awards People’s Choice category. Head over to the AIA|LA Web site and make your voice heard!

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