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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.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

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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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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