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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.

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.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

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

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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Urban Design: Swinging Low in Hull 

The Scale Lane Bridge in the English city of Hull is part walkway, part experience, featuring span that gives passengers a ride while allowing river traffic to pass. Photograph © Timothy Soar.

The River Hull has been the lifeblood of the English city of the same name for centuries, with vessels ferrying goods along the waterway during the the country's industrial glory days. Now, the river has a new riparian jewel: the Scale Lane Bridge, designed by the architecture firm of McDowell+Benedetti, in collaboration with Alan Baxter Associates and Qualter Hall, it was the winning entry in a competition held in 2005.

Located on a former industrial site, the new structure serves as a pedestrian walkway, linking the west bank’s Museum Quarter to The Deep, the city’s aquarium (and an architectural gem in its own right). Its gently sweeping curved form provides two walkways, divided by a central spine. The spine itself provides opportunities for seating and terminates, at one end, in an observation platform with seating for walkers to pause and take in panoramic views of the river- and landscapes.

As architect Jonathan McDowell explains, "The bridge creates a unique and memorable new place for the city where people can enjoy the experience of being on the river.”

Beyond its appealing design, McDowell points out perhaps the bridge's most compelling quality: “It creates a special event—the world's first bridge (probably) that people can ride on while it is moving.” He and his team designed the bridge to rotate, opening up to river traffic as needed via an electrical drive mechanism and turns slowly enough that passengers can safely board the bridge from the west side. And while it’s opening, a sequence of bells, a sonic landscape designed by artist Nayan Kulkarni, provides accompaniment.

For pedestrians, the new bridge is a pleasure. For designers and urban planners looking to connect the land and water, it offers an innovative template. 

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