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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

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.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

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.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

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.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

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Deadline: December 31
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Sep122013

FORM Tech: Great Apps for Architects and Designers

Sifting through all the apps out there all can be quite a task—you could spend days just finding the right kitchen timer. For our architect and designer readers, we know your time is short, so we’ve compiled just a few apps that can not only improve your productivity around the office but also provide some much needed inspiration (not that you need any). So take a moment to peruse a digest of options out there. Even better, many of our suggestions are free and available for both iOS and Android devices.

AutoCad 360

Formerly known as AutoCad WS, AutoCad 360 is an app that allows you to view and edit both 2D and 3D .dwg files making collaboration a breeze. The app is available across different mobile platforms, so you can take your work with you wherever you go. The AutoCad website also includes a list of tutorials that range from creating an online profile to embedding the application within your own website. It's also possible to export your work as .pdf or .dwg files and share them via email.

Houzz

Even the best of us can use a little visual inspiration every once in a while. Houzz, the online bible for design ideas, has its very own mobile app full of images that can be saved to your own ideabook. In addition to having purchasing information for every featured item, the app also includes yellow pages used to find contractors, designers and other professionals for potential collaboration. With over one million downloads, there are plenty of people ready and willing to share their ideas with the world.

GoodReader

Described by many as one of the best apps available, this handy little tool allows you to open virtually any file that comes your way. You can easily annotate .pdf files that are then sharable via email, or view a video that was sent to you by a friend. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents are all supported and files can be synced through services like Dropbox and Skydrive.

Morpholio

Carrying around a carefully constructed assemblage of your latest and greatest creations can be absolutely terrifying. Fortunately, this app allows you to group your work in a series of "collections" viewable by clients and others. The images within a particular collection can come from your camera library, Dropbox account or Morpholio profile, ensuring that your work stays undamaged at home.

Buildings

There are so many beautifully designed buildings around the world that it's impossible to see them all, but what about the architecture in your area—the city you're visiting or your next vacation destination? In an attempt to bring you the best architecture, wherever you go, OpenBuildings has extended its online architecture database to mobile devices. Get directions, view photos, write comments and tell your friends about the exquisite buildings around you.

Magic Plan

This is a very powerful app that allows you to generate a floor plan for a particular room by simply snapping a photo of each corner, large or small, within the area. Several smaller floor plans can then be combined to create a layout for an entire home. Have furniture in the way? Not a problem. Continue around the room as if the furniture weren't there, and let the app take care of the rest. You can also label each room and add symbols that indicate things like bathrooms, plumbing, furniture and much more.

Philips Hue

In conjunction with their Hue light bulbs, Philips has released an app that controls the color your bulb creates. You can choose from simple cardinal colors or go with something a little more obscure that you saw in a photograph by using the built in color selector. You can also choose from different "light recipes" meant to increase relaxation, concentration and energy. 

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