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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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Sep182013

Workbook: Bringing a Dash of New England to West Hollywood

The sweeping clamshell roof at Connie and Ted's in West Hollywood welcomes guests to the modern take on a clam shack designed by (fer) studio. How do you integrate a New England–style clam shack into an existing building and its West Hollywood neighborhood without resorting to tired—and incongruous—nautical references? For Michael Cimarusti, the seafood star behind LA’s acclaimed Providence, and his partners, you turn to (fer) studio and architects Christopher L. Mercier and Douglas V. Pierson.

“The place was falling apart, but we were able to keep 50 percent of the exterior walls and most of the roof,” Pierson says of the space that would become Connie & Ted’s. “The existing building became more of a texture for the interior and exterior finishes. When we have the opportunity to reuse existing structures, we do—it’s one of the greenest things you can do.”

To integrate Connie & Ted’s into its urban surroundings, Mercier and Pierson created a welcoming façade that draws patrons into the restaurant from the street, despite its being set back in parking lot. There’s also glazing. It allows diners to see in and passersby to see out, enhancing the connection between the street and the restaurant.

During the design process, “we struggled to figure out how to respect its roots and make it fit into Los Angeles and West Hollywood,” says Mercier. Their solutions, inside and out, some philosophical, some more direct, create a space that’s of its place but connected to its New England inspiration.

On an abstract level, the architects aimed for transparency and broadly emphasized the “visual honesty of seafood,” notes Pierson. In practice, it means that the kitchen and its goings on are on view as is a raw bar.

More direct, yet subtle, references to New England and to the sea in general abound. Perhaps most clearly, it’s the roof, with its shell-like gesture that immediately signifies a seafood restaurant, without overstating the case. As a patron progresses through the spaces, more witty, nautical-inspired details reveal themselves. Suspended “boats” outside house heating elements and LED lights. Inside, door handles are reminiscent of cleats, and the sculptural light fixtures are hanging crab traps. Even some of the wood used has a New England connection. The red elm the architects specified was harvested in the West over 100 years ago but then became part of a barn in New England until it was reclaimed and used in the restaurant. The end result both honors its East Coast origins and feels right at home in West Hollywood.

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