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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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May092013

The FORM Questionnaire: A Conversation with Brooks Atwood

The multi-talented, multifaceted Brooks Atwood talks design. Courtesy Brooks Atwood.A few weeks back, we introduced you to new work from Brooks Atwood, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at NJIT and principal of POD Design. Besides focusing on product design, Atwood has collaborated on notable art installations and even has a design for a new prefab house on the boards. Today, as part of our on-going series of conversations with architects and designers on their inspiration, philosophies and favorites, we're talking to him. As you might suspect, his take on his profession is witty, thoughtful and occasionally irreverent—just like his body of work. 

What direction do you see the profession heading?

I see the profession headed into using more hybrid prefab systems of building and construction. A hybrid system allows for customization with mass produced objects/parts/components while maintaining efficiency and costs.  Another trend is the-big-idea architecture is dead (or this will be a trend shortly). Speaking of hybrids, there’s a new trend to combine two of more systems to enhance building efficiencies, reducing costs and also creating totally new forms that are more sustainable and less energy dependent.

What buildings inspire you?

The Seattle Public Library, Kukje Art Center, Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Marina City, Crown Hall, Auditorium Building, Falling Water.

Where else do you find inspiration?

I find that if I surround myself with curiosities (things I’ve picked up at flea markets and while traveling, and then I curate them by juxtaposing things that shouldn’t go together like red coral next to a black rooster taxidermy) that these objects inspire a whole vast galaxy of new ideas and innovations!

What are your three favorite objects?

My Japanese Higo Knife by Best Made, Samsonite vintage brown briefcase (hardbody) circa 1970’s, and my uber cool, midnight blue shades that also have a social conscious, aka Spencer by Warby Parker.

Who are some of your favorite young architects?

Dominic Leong of Leong Leong, Matthew Hufft of Hufft Projects, and William Prince of PARC Office.

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

I would live in Couvent Sainte-Marie de La Tourette.  It’s a monastery designed by Le Corbusier back in the late 1950’s.  I was lucky enough to stay here for about a week when I was drifting (aka dérive) around France. It’s a magical place and my favorite building of all time. I frantically ran around sketching every corner of this building during the day, and at night would have dinner with the monks. Brilliant! I was even an English translator for the tours.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

Fake curtain walls (aka Frank Gehry). With all the technology at our disposal, curtain walls can DO more, can THINK more and can BE more.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

One trend that will stand the test of time is the hyper-functional and intelligent forms of OMA. Rem Koolhaas is pushing boundaries and challenging standard conventions and doing it in a way that shows that architecture can be powerful and sublime at the same time. 

Color—yes or no?

Yes! Layer color with texture & pattern. Think rug-on-rug action combining/mixing patterns and textures.One of Atwood's newest designs—the Sylki Chair. Image courtesy POD Design.

What are you reading?

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. It’s about how to travel in space and all the things that NASA made up along the way into space. It’s fun, funny and terrifying at the same time.

What are you wearing?

A full beard (authentic), blue corduroys (Uniqlo), untied black high top sneakers (Zara), an old man cardigan sweater (unknown origin), a gray herringbone blazer (J. Crew Men’s store) and black leather driving gloves with red trim by Dents.

What are you eating?

Organic everything – salmon and lots of spinach and broccoli, a cortado (espresso drink) is a must, and my favorite sweet+salty brownie for desert by BakedNYC.

Do you listen to music while you're working?

Yes!  70 db has been scientifically proven to be the level of background noise that creates the most creative environment so we always have music on all day, everyday.  Creativity is king and music is essential! 

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Sketcher—the faster and crazier the better.  I sketch everything (ideas, furniture, more ideas, random weird thoughts, product ideas, etc). I never stop sketching; you shouldn’t either!

Social media—yes or no?

Yes. I love Twitter and concise information about things and trends I care about.  It’s like digital caffeine; drink it up! 

 

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