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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. 

 

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Deadline: August 18
Fabric
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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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Jun192013

Workbook: Mountain Chic for the New Belgium Ranger Station

Scout Regalia's design for Snowmass Village's New Belgium Ranger Station features a contemporary take on mountain design. Photography by Laure Joliet/Courtesy Scout Regalia.For Benjamin Luddy and Makoto Mizutani, the New Belgium Ranger Station (a restaurant and bar with a warm, contemporary take on its namesake just next to the lifts and gondola in Snowmass Village, Colorado) represents a return to their roots. You see, the pair received master’s degrees at SCI-Arc and have been practicing together since 2006 at their multi-faceted, LA–based design studio, Scout Regalia. There, they have been designing furniture, home products and graphic identities. With the Ranger Station, they’ve completed their first built architectural project.

“The space used to be a pizza parlor,” explains Mizutani, “and needed a total revamping. It had a terrible ceiling and was pretty run of the mill, but we saw potential.” Working in collaboration with the New York–based design studio Reunion, which was responsible for the original concept, they played with the idea of a ranger station—what it meant, what it should look like. “We didn’t want it to look like a theme restaurant. We wanted it to be warm and inviting without being kitschy,” says Mizutani. 

In their solution, the heart of the restaurant is a riff on that mountain-architecture staple, the A-frame. (“Our challenge was to design a space to have multiple spaces,” notes Luddy.) It defines the bar area, which in turn provides the main circulation point for the rest of the space. Luddy and Mizutani added louvers above to disguise mechanical equipment. Seating runs along its perimeter. Additional seating areas radiate out in the form of stool-ringed tables, with banquettes beyond. The pair teamed with Reunion to design the wainscoting along several of the walls. It features a herringbone pattern that evokes mountain peaks and is crafted from beetle-killed pine. The material meshes with both Scout Regalia’s commitment to sustainability as well as New Belgium’s. 

Not surprisingly, they also conjured up furniture for the place—easier said than done considering furnishings had to be packed into just 750 square feet and not to mention skiing is a seriously equipment-heavy undertaking. “Everything had to be really functional,” says Luddy. “We had to find situations where you could integrate skiing into the small space.” The stools are one smart solution; they feature cubbies below the seats to stash gloves, goggles and other skiing detritus. (They’re not just for slope-side restaurants, however. Scout Regalia is offering the stools for sale.) The tables are another custom design—with a picnic table crossed with matchstick feel. The latter is supplied by the colorful “socks” on the lower legs that can withstand a pummeling from ski and hiking boots. 

How is the new space working out? In Snowmass over New Years, Mizutani had a chance to see it in action. “It’s great and cozy,” she reports. “The vibe is in line with what we aspired the space to create. You can have a seat, hang out, get a hot cocoa. It was nice to see people actually doing that.” 

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