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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
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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
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Showroom: Sleek Forms Made in Nicaragua

 

Furniture designed by Aaron Poritz is crafted of wood felled in a 2007 hurricane in Nicaragua. Image courtesy Aaron Poritz.

“I approach every design—a building or piece of furniture—as a problem that needs to be solved,” says designer Aaron Poritz. A B.Arch graduate of California College of the Arts, Poritz recently launched a new furniture line. Here’s the twist. The collection is made in Nicaragua from wood sourced from the country’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region, where a 2007 hurricane had felled thousands of hardwood trees.

Connections hooked him up with the mill and its singular materials, and the rest is history. “It was a great opportunity to use wood that I'd never want to or would support cutting down,” he says. “I saw it as a chance to do a line and spent six months prototyping the collection.”

The tropical hardwoods have allowed him to experiment with shapes and forms. “I like to express the capacity of materials," says Poritz. "The wood in Nicaragua is dense and allows me a certain degree of thinness that I couldn’t achieve with American woods. Since it’s so strong, I can make a chair that’s thin with non-standard angles.”

The Balcones dining chair, which started life as a commission for a friend, was the first piece Poritz designed. As with the rest of the pieces in the collection, the look is contemporary, warmed up by the rich wood. He keeps the ornament to a minimum—a touch of darker wood here and there. The real interest is in the form itself. “I took classic joinery and applied it in a more modern feel,” he says.

Practical considerations drive his formal decisions to some extent. “They don’t have fancy machinery. Most of the work is done by hand by skilled carpenters, so there aren’t a lot of curvilinear forms,” he says. “Most of the pieces are angular straight. It’s partly my aesthetic but also being realistic about what they can do at the mill—and if it can be repeated.”

 

 

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