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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: April 25
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Deadline: May 18
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Deadline: June 1 
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Deadline: December 31
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Thursday
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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