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April 11, 2014
2x8 is an annual exhibition sponsored by the AIA|LA, showcasing exemplary student work from architecture and design institutions throughout California. Each of the participating academic programs selects two projects that exemplify its core vision. The students’ design work will be judged by a noteworthy panel of architects and designers who will then announce the winners at the exhibition opening and convene in a forum to discuss the award-winning work. 

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. 

 

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Aug132013

Showroom: Surface Matters

SOLI Architectural Surfaces just introduced Equus, one of three stunning new stones, to its product line up. Image courtesy SOLI Architectural Surfaces.SOLI Architectural Surfaces has recently introduced three new luxe stones with colors and patterns that offer a great mix of neutral and bold. The additions bring more depth to the wide assortment of surface options the company carries.

On the neutral end of the spectrum, Loire, a polished quartzite, is offered in both light and dark options. It pairs well with accent stones from the company’s existing lines and can be used inside or out.

Two of the new stones, Lotus and Equus bring rich, deep colors and great pattern to the table. Lotus comes from a small quarry in India and is the first purple stone for Soli. Equus also brings a splash of color to the SOLI range—the vein-cut marble comes from a small quarry in China. It comes in a polished or acid-etched finish, offering a choice for formal and informal spaces.

The new color choices spring, in part, Kristin Barker, the company's vice president of marketing, says, “from our job a manufacturer to anticipate trends and bring people material that will inspire a project. We always want to add items that people will build a space around and deliver a surface that they didn't know that they were even looking for.” 

Besides providing new color options, the stones all come as slabs, a frequent customer request. “Clients want the versatility in size so that the same stone to be used as a floor tile and a countertop,” notes Barker. “Certain stones, like the Lotus, lend themselves to slabs. With the Equus, we tried to be more conscious of where people might install the material. The stone is vein cut and, being so linear, lends itself beautifully to a 12-by-24 rectangle-shaped tile. We also brought it in slab so that designers had the option for larger sizes and weren't limited by the tile format."

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