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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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Tuesday
Aug202013

Workbook: Cuba Meets Mexico at Taqueria Nacional

Cuban design and Mexican cuisine meet at DC's Taqueria Nacional, a project designed by Streetsense. Image courtesy Streetsense. When John Fulchino, the co-owner of Taqueria Nacional in Washington, DC, first met with Kristina Crenshaw and the design team at Streetsense, he came bearing a book filled with photos of Cuba. It served as the jumping off point for the restaurant, which was moving to larger digs in a former post office building. 

“He said, ‘This is what I want and that was the genesis of what we did,’” says Crenshaw. “The door leading into the kitchen was taken directly from the book. The colors we chose were found throughout the book. Event the idea of the different types of rooms—we took those and used them to break up the space so it wouldn't feel like a bowling alley.”

In practice, it means that there’s an outdoor courtyard at the front with a polished concrete floor and walls that look like distressed stucco. (The finishes were done by a local artist, Eric Albrecht, who created a mural along in addition to the decorative wall treatments.) There, Crenshaw and her team also decided to embrace the electrical room, concealing it behind corrugated metal siding, which happened to be reclaimed. A bit rusty and covered with nail holes, the contractor was taken aback when he saw them and immediately placed a call to Crenshaw. “We assured him that’s what we wanted,” she says.

The center space was inspired by images of living rooms, so it’s homier with a beam ceiling and framed mirrors lining the walls. The rear space, with the kitchen, takes its cues from the kitchens found in the book. But, in a nod to its postal past, a panel on the service counter reminds customers that this used to be the T Street Station. The garbage cans throughout were custom-made to recall old mailboxes since the postal service doesn't sell retired ones.

If the furnishings, particularly the seating, seems like it came from your grandmother’s basement, that’s because they did, after a fashion. “We gave him direction, and he found things at yard sales,” Crenshaw says of Fulchino’s sourcing efforts. The fountain in the kitchen area was another of his finds. The result is a fun mix of shapes and sizes and textures—concrete, wood, metal and vinyl among them— that lend a casual yet collected feel to the space.

“This was a collaboration between us and our client,” says Crenshaw. “We got his ideas out of his head and on paper.”


 

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