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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

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.

ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference
October 23–24, 2014
DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community through the combined support of the research networks of the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.

ASLA SoCal Chapter Quality of Life Design Awards
October 23, 2014
The Southern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects holds its biennial awards, honoring excellence in designs originating in one of the nation's largest chapters and executed across the globe. 77 Projects were submitted and over 40 were awarded by our esteemed jurors in the categories of Design, Planning and Analysis, Communication, Student, and Concepts, Ideas and Theories.

2014 Design Awards Gala
October 29, 2014
The 2014 AIA|LA Design Awards location and date has been set for this year. We are excited to host you at the Heart of Downtown Los Angeles with the ceremony at the Million Dollar Theater and the reception at Grand Central Market. Join us at this amazing and historic venue to honor our winners and honorees.

LA Conservancy Presents "We Heart Garden Apartments!”
November 1, 2014

Imagine living in a garden oasis in the middle of America’s second-largest city. Thousands of people do, and it’s a unique and endangered way of life in development-prone L.A. Here’s a chance to see what life is like in historic garden apartments, “villages in the city” that could never be built today.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 6–9, 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.

de LaB's Making LA Conference

November 7, 2014
During the conference, we'll be exploring the themes of Water, Transportation, Density and Community. Our hope is to hear from a diverse range of practitioners, city officials, makers and artists who are deeply involved in/committed to these themes. We're looking to include conversations, videos, slideshows and presentations about projects that are currently in development and recently completed that are promising to shape the future of Los Angeles. Our goal is to showcase ideas, visions, projects and more that explore how Los Angeles can make huge strides in terms of water conservation, transit richness, urban density and important community initiatives. Current confirmed speakers for the water section include: Deborah Weintraub, Deborah Deets, Carol Armstrong, Omar Brownson, WeTap, among others. Other conference speakers include Moby, Mayor Aja Brown, and representative from Side Streets Projects and Resilient Cities, among many others.

What's Out There Weekend Los Angeles—The Public Landscapes of Ralph Cornell
November 8–9, 2014
This What’s Out There Weekend focuses on the built legacy of Los Angeles-based landscape architect Ralph Cornell, who studied at Pomona College and Harvard University, and opened one of the city’s first landscape architecture practices in 1919. Considered by some "the Olmsted of Los Angeles," Cornell is known for his design restraint and thoughtful use of indigenous plantings. His work can be seen throughout Southern California, including Beverly Gardens Park, the UCLA campus, Hillside Memorial Park, downtown LA’s Civic Center, and the restoration of the historic grounds at the National Historic Landmark-designated Rancho Los Cerritos. This What's Out There Weekend features free, expert-led tours of more than a dozen significant Cornell-designed landscapes in greater Los Angeles. 


USGBC-Los Angeles’10th Annual Green Gala

November 13, 2014
The Los Angeles Chapter of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA) will host the Chapter’s 10th Annual Green Gala on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 6:30 – 10:30pm at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. The Green Gala is recognized as the single largest annual vehicle for communication, celebration and bridge-building among those who think, act, design and build greener throughout the County of Los Angeles and its metropolitan areas.

DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made

November 14, 2014

West Hollywood Design District presents the 3rd annual DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made, a one-day design symposium that offers culturally resonating discussions, panels and keynotes from leaders in the fields of design, decorative arts, fashion, architecture and fine arts.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadline: October 31

Show Us Your Baldwin
Baldwin

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

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

Deadline: February 23
I Like Design
Interiors & Sources 

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Sep092013

The FORM Questionnaire: A Conversation with Vincent Celano

Vincent Celano, principal of the new firm Celano Design Studio shares his thoughts on design past, present and future. Image courtesy Celano Design Studio.Toronto-born, but a die-hard New Yorker for most of his life, Vincent Celano has racked up an impressive list of projects to say the least. His portoflio encompasses nightclubs from Miami to Chicago, restaurants in Las Vegas, the list goes on. His newest venture is Celano Design Studio, which opened its doors earlier this year. We're delighted that he took a moment to share his thoughts on the state of the profession and what makes him tick. 

What direction do you see your profession heading?

I see the design field expanding in terms of the scope of the work we do. Our industry does not just design anymore, it encompasses everything that goes into the experience of a space from the interior to branding to what the staff is wearing—everything. On the flip side, I also notice that some firms are becoming more specific, specializing in one of these components in particular, like branding or graphic design. All of these aspects weave in and out of our profession.

What buildings inspire you?

The Flatiron building—I can see it from my office window. It’s iconic in this part of the city and, to me, it represents the transition the neighborhood is going through right now. When I was growing up, I went to school in midtown, and The Lever House and the Seagram Building were very inspiring to me. The Arango house in Acapulco by John Lautner is another favorite of mine—it’s pure architecture. I’m inspired by buildings that were made for more than function, where the approach comes from a place of creating sculpture that is habitable.

Where else do you find inspiration?

Art, architecture, and fashion are given—and I find inspiration from dialogue and conversation, from connecting with people, and from observing how people respond to spaces and interact with them. I also take inspiration from my clients—having casual conversations with them sparks ideas. There’s an energy in simple interaction that drives me to concepts that translate into an actual spaces. 

What are your three favorite objects?

A roll of white trace, an iPhone—and a cool paperweight sculpture and clip my four-year-old daughter Lianna made me for Father’s Day. I keep it on my desk at work.

Do you collect If so, what do you collect (furniture, records, t-shirts, etc.)?

I have some vintage prints, and I like to collect vintage books on architecture. I also have a collection of old cameras and 16mm film projectors that originally belonged to my dad—I add to the collection whenever I can. I love the functionality components of old film— the inner workings aren’t hidden away in a box like cameras we have today. You can see the nuts and bolts, and they’re very mechanical—as objects, they’re honest and authentic. I also have a 1963 Vespa—I only have one right now but I’d like to collect them.

Who are some of your favorite young designers?

All the designers in my studio are my favorite young designers. They all bring an energy and an aesthetic to our team, and that’s what we cultivate in our studio. There are also a lot of graphic artists I’ve worked with that I’m inspired by, too. I like working with artists who use technology to create visual experiences, and I gravitate toward people who challenge how we define art. 

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)?

I can’t live anywhere but New York—it’s my home. I grew up here and I love seeing it evolve and change. I love Miami too, but I can’t be anywhere else for too long—I’m always drawn back to New York. As for a specific structure . . . a cool treehouse in Madison Square Park inspired by John Lautner’s Chemosphere House would be nice. I have three kids; I think they’d love it.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

Not sure, but I hope it’s not the iPhone. Remember the Sony Walkman? Technology is a field that evolves so quickly that I think we’re always going to look back and laugh at what we once thought was the greatest thing ever.

What current trends will stand the test of time?

A trend that’s going to stand the test of time has to be able to grow and evolve while keep its essence. I think technology and social media interaction is something that we will always have but will evolve in its own interesting way.

What are you reading?

Right now I’m reading a list of these interview questions on my computer screen.

These days I’m reading Italian Uniqueness, by Enrico Morteo. It’s a book on Italian industrial design and production from the early 1960s onward. I’m interested in the idea that a country/a culture can create a national identity via the making/production of product taking into account usefulness and design.My favorite quote so far: “An artist’s dream is in any case to find a place in a museum, while the designer’s dream is to find a place in the local market”—Bruno Murari.

What are you wearing?

My white Converse, jeans and a white t-shirt. I dress casually in the office unless we are meeting a client, then I usually wear a dress shirt and sports jacket.

What are you eating?

Grilled mahi mahi and jasmine rice from Num Pang across the street from our office. 

Do you listen to music while you're working?

Yeah, sometimes. Sinatra to Tiestro—I cover the spectrum. I used to listen to music more while I worked, but I don’t zone out too much anymore, because I’m the principal of my firm. I’m more active in the studio and involved in what everyone’s working on.

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Hybrid. I was always a sketcher, and I come from the school of sketching, but the computer is great for developing concepts.

Social media—yes or no?

Yes, but keeping up with it is a challenge - it’s always changing. 

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