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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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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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