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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. 

 

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Deadline: August 18
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Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
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Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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Jul082013

Books: Two Southern California Modernists

Edward A. Killingsworth: an Architect’s Life. Jennifer M. Volland and Cara Mullio. Hennessy + Ingalls, $60.

A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living. Edited by Brooke Hodge. Hammer Museum and Del Monico Books/Prestel, $60.

By Michael Webb

For an architect to win fame, it helps to be dead. Louis Kahn commanded attention from only an enlightened few during his painful struggle to win commissions; today, he is acclaimed as one of the giants of modernism. Still more is that true in southern California, where R.M.Schindler and John Lautner were ignored or dismissed during their lifetimes but are now seen as seminal figures. A host of lesser talents await their due

Edward Killingsworth (1917-2004) was a quiet modernist who made his mark in Long Beach, a community that languishes in the shadow of LA. Jennifer Volland and Cara Mullio explored its little-known legacy in their 2004 guide, Long Beach Architecture: the Unexpected Metropolis, and their research led them to Killingsworth. Just before his death, they interviewed him and organized his archive, which is now at UCSB. Thir research and the exhibition they curated in 2008 laid the foundation for this exemplary monograph. Text and pictures provide a detailed portrait of the man and his 50-year practice, from his early success in progressive residential design to a scatter of hotels and commercial buildings around the world.

Killingworth expressed the optimism of the post-war era and maintained his commitment to rational modern design up to his retirement in 2001. His cool, open structures, with their lightweight frames, high ceilings and expansive glazing are tailored to the region and its benign climate.  He had devoted admirers and a host of clients. John Entenza published 30 of his early projects in Arts + Architecture and invited his firm to make four contributions to the Case Study House program. But his home-town loyalties (including his master plan for Cal State Long Beach) and his focus on building types for which the architect is rarely credited, obscured the range of his achievement. This tribute should bring him belated recognition.



A. Quincy Jones (1913-79) was a contemporary of Killingsworth and the two architects had much in common. Both were pragmatic modernists, favoring comfort and livability over formal innovation. Jones was the more prolific, realizing more than 5000 projects—mostly residential—in a mere 35 years. His impact was huge and enduring and, by working with Eichler and other enlightened developers, he popularized modernism on a scale no other architect has approached. And yet, like Killingsworth, his name was little known beyond a small circle of admirers and clients. 

This book serves as a catalogue to a splendid little exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Curated by Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher and beautifully installed by Chu + Gooding Architects, it’s a model of how to make architecture sing within the confines of a gallery. Wall-sized photos and furnished rooms give visitors a sense of walking into one of the many Jones houses in Crestwood Hills and other LA communities. Frederick Fisher is the happy owner of Jones and Emmons 1950s office in Santa Monica, which feels as fresh and inviting as when it was new. Too many of Killingsworth’s designs went unrealized or have been demolished; Jones’s buildings remain a lively presence all over southern California. 

In her introductory essay, Fletcher describes Jones as “the ultimate insider” socializing with the elite while wooing a mass public. “Perhaps that is why his reputation is less celebrated than that of his cohorts,” she suggests. In this re-evaluation of his work, photographer Jason Schmidt played a key role, traveling around with Hammer curator Brooke Hodge to capture the spirit of the work in new images. They include houses that have been lovingly preserved or newly restored by such enthusiasts as Cory Buckner and Escher GuneWardena. From these one can see than the aesthetic of Jones and his collaborators is of its time and timeless, and understand why it exercised such strong appeal across the socio-economic spectrum, from the Annenbergs in Rancho Mirage to a newly married couple in their first Eichler home. 

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