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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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Thursday
Jun202013

Showroom: Math Meets Art

Anodized aluminum and high-tech machining methods allow Alexander Purcell Rodrigues to create a simple, elegant chair. Courtesy Alexander Purcell Rodrigues

These days, it seems as if 3D printing gets all the love. Hardly a day goes by without news of another development in the technique or a new product born from the process. It’s a revolutionary option—especially now as the devices becomes more accessible both in terms of price and software. But. Innovation in process and design is still alive and well in some more traditional areas.

A case in point is the new Cartesian chair from Alexander Purcell Rodrigues. The Los Angeles–based designer first made his name with the witty sake bomb and has expanded on that success with a series of ambitious and award-winning designs. His latest, the first entry in his Cartesian Collection, is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and is “designed to have as little material as possible,” explains Purcell Rodrigues. “It really is about the pure simplicity of the chair—we took it down to the most minimal form we could, which, with aluminum, you can achieve.”

It couldn’t have been done without the manufacturing know-how of Neal Feay, the Santa Barbara firm on the forefront of aluminum-fabrication technology for decades. For a piece of this type, says Purcell Rodrigues, “You need a substantial shop to pull it off. The chair was essentially designed because we had those capacities to build with.” Taking advantage of the specialized equipment at his disposal, Purcell Rodrigues was able to experiment and explore with the material and form, particularly on the textured elements. “To do it out of large piece of aluminum would be expensive and wasteful,” he says. 

The chair (it takes it name from the Cartesian coordinate system that forms the basis of CAD software—the program ultimately responsible for the creation of the chair’s ornamentation) is offered in a range of anodize colors and can be ordered with or without ornamentation. For those wanting to mix the machine-made with the organic, the chair will also be available with a solid wood leg in two choices: walnut or white oak. 

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