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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.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

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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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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