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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.

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.

ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference
October 23–24, 2014
DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community through the combined support of the research networks of the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.

ASLA SoCal Chapter Quality of Life Design Awards
October 23, 2014
The Southern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects holds its biennial awards, honoring excellence in designs originating in one of the nation's largest chapters and executed across the globe. 77 Projects were submitted and over 40 were awarded by our esteemed jurors in the categories of Design, Planning and Analysis, Communication, Student, and Concepts, Ideas and Theories.

2014 Design Awards Gala
October 29, 2014
The 2014 AIA|LA Design Awards location and date has been set for this year. We are excited to host you at the Heart of Downtown Los Angeles with the ceremony at the Million Dollar Theater and the reception at Grand Central Market. Join us at this amazing and historic venue to honor our winners and honorees.

LA Conservancy Presents "We Heart Garden Apartments!”
November 1, 2014

Imagine living in a garden oasis in the middle of America’s second-largest city. Thousands of people do, and it’s a unique and endangered way of life in development-prone L.A. Here’s a chance to see what life is like in historic garden apartments, “villages in the city” that could never be built today.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 6–9, 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.

de LaB's Making LA Conference

November 7, 2014
During the conference, we'll be exploring the themes of Water, Transportation, Density and Community. Our hope is to hear from a diverse range of practitioners, city officials, makers and artists who are deeply involved in/committed to these themes. We're looking to include conversations, videos, slideshows and presentations about projects that are currently in development and recently completed that are promising to shape the future of Los Angeles. Our goal is to showcase ideas, visions, projects and more that explore how Los Angeles can make huge strides in terms of water conservation, transit richness, urban density and important community initiatives. Current confirmed speakers for the water section include: Deborah Weintraub, Deborah Deets, Carol Armstrong, Omar Brownson, WeTap, among others. Other conference speakers include Moby, Mayor Aja Brown, and representative from Side Streets Projects and Resilient Cities, among many others.

USGBC-Los Angeles’10th Annual Green Gala

November 13, 2014
The Los Angeles Chapter of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA) will host the Chapter’s 10th Annual Green Gala on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 6:30 – 10:30pm at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. The Green Gala is recognized as the single largest annual vehicle for communication, celebration and bridge-building among those who think, act, design and build greener throughout the County of Los Angeles and its metropolitan areas.

DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made

November 14, 2014

West Hollywood Design District presents the 3rd annual DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made, a one-day design symposium that offers culturally resonating discussions, panels and keynotes from leaders in the fields of design, decorative arts, fashion, architecture and fine arts.

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.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadline: October 31

Show Us Your Baldwin
Baldwin

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

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

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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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