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. 

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.

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. 



Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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Workbook: Car Rental Rethought

For the new Silvercar rental suite in Dallas, the design team created a look that suggests sleek, contemporary, efficiency. Image courtesy Silvercar.

If you think about it, renting a car is one of the least-surprising parts of travel. You wait in line, hand over your credit card, get your keys and are on your way. No matter where you happen to be—Dallas, Los Angeles, New York—the process is pretty much the same. Enter Silvercar, a new concept in the car rental game with a design identity to match its innovative approach. You see, every car the company rents is silver (at the moment only 2013 Audi A4s) and every step of the process can be done via smartphone, from reservation to pick-up. 

To create the first Silvercar rental suite, Rachel Guest, of Red Earth Designs, and Jeff Weiner, of PGAL, turned the typical design on its head: “It’s a re-thinking of entire rental experience,” explains Weiner. To that end, everything in the Dallas suite suggests a sleek efficiency and emphasizes movement rather than stasis.

At the entrance, a curved and illuminated wall, covered in silver metal, beckons walk-ins and suggests the sinuous lines of the cars available. The carpet, a requirement the airport authorities put in place, is black on one side, gray on the other and a mix of the two in between, evokes the open road. It also serves as a dividing piece for the suite. On one side, customers who’ve already reserved their cars can zip straight through to the pick-up area. (Overhead, the design team placed lights in parallel lines reminiscent of a freeway or an airport runway.)

On the other side of carpet, the team installed kiosks (paneled in a burl wood you’d find in a luxury car), lit from below, which hold iPads. These stations allow new customers a place to reserve cars and get help from the staff. More curved, silver forms move across the ceiling and terminate there, a move that serves, notes Guest, “as a wayside and something more intimate.”

Beginning to end, the design is something “You experience as very smooth, simple, easy and modern,” says Guest.

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