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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
Jun062013

Set Design: An Exclusive Chat with Photographer Jenny Okun

Jenny Okun's photographs are the backdrop for LA Opera's production of Dulce Rosa. Image courtesy the Broad Stage.After reading Michael Webb’s review of Dulce Rosa, a new LA Opera production at the Broad Stage adapted from Isabel Allende’s story “Una Venganza,” a few weeks back, we were intrigued about not just the opera. His description of the set, on to which Jenny Okun’s hypnotic photographs are projected, piqued our interest. So we went right to the source to find out more about Okun’s process of creation.

The project took shape over several years—a collaboration that included Okun, her husband, Richard Sparks, and Lee Holdridge. “Lee, Richard and I talked about all the possibilities for years,” recalls Okun. “Then I started working on the images when we got the go ahead with the LA Opera. Richard and Lee worked out the story, then Lee wrote the music, then Richard and Lee edited and refined both story and music together, as I was out roaming the globe to get the shots.”

Roaming the globe in this case for Okun meant crisscrossing Latin America to capture images that would create a mood and tone evoking a South American country in the 1950s. Her travels took her to Costa Rica and Peru, where, in order to get a shot of the docks in Lima, “I needed to hire a car to get into a dangerous area but couldn’t find one,” she says. “Eventually, a driver said he’d drive in one street and out another but wouldn’t stop. I had to roll down the window and shoot from there.”

Once she returned, Okun spent another four months making artworks from the photos she took (ultimately, for the opera’s 14 scenes, she wound up with 200 image changes). “We brought Yael Pardess [the media art director and set designer] into the mix and decided on which images to use,” Okun reports. “She then designed the wall shapes and windows, and I then spent another couple of months rejigging all the images to work with the wall designs.”

Then Okun and the team workshopped the opera three times with singers, piano accompaniment and Holdridge’s digital orchestra tracks, which gave her the outline of the opera to work with as she painstakingly edited and arranged the images to create the final projections. 

In the end, says Okun, “I spent 1,500 hours over two years working on this project.  I have listened to the opera at least 700 times, and now when I see one of my images in the studio, I hear music.”

There’re still two performances remaining at the Broad Stage: Thursday, June 6, and Sunday, June 9. Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica is showing Okun’s photographs from the performance through July 9. 

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