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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: May 18
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Deadline: December 31
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Wednesday
Jan082014

WEB EXTRA: Workbook: The Dumpling Connection

Architect Anthony Poon placed an exhibition kitchen at the heart of Din Tai Fung, a new outpost of the beloved dumpling house. Image courtesy Poon Design. There’s no shortage of amazing Chinese restaurants in the Los Angeles area. One of the standouts—the one that requires serious strategic planning in order to score a table—has to be Din Tai Fung. Of course, when you went to its two San Gabriel Valley locations, it was all about the food. The surroundings were an afterthought. Happily, outstanding dumplings and compelling architecture have come together in the company’s newest outpost in Glendale, just north of Los Angeles.

“Their only direction was modern Chinese,” says Anthony Poon, of Poon Design, the architect responsible for the new space. “It could mean anything—they didn’t want a Panda Express Chinese restaurant or a Disneyland Chinese restaurant with dragons and red and gold curtains. They wanted it to feel Asian but not feel transported back 2000 years, so it was a pretty open approach.”

For the space, Poon had to create a presence on the street, so the façade is entirely glass, allowing passerby to see into the bar and dining. Perhaps more importantly, he created an exhibition kitchen at the center of the vast restaurant. “The dumpling kitchen is critical, because no other restaurant has such an event,” Poon explains. “It really is an art form. Open kitchens are created to present something to diners, and Din Tai Fung has something so unique to present.” In fact, it was “the craft of the dumpling that drove the overall design,” he notes.

The restaurant is a testament to material honesty and customization. All of the furnishings were designed or significantly modified for the space. Throughout, Poon used elemental materials, one of the few other directives of his clients, so there’s stone and wood—not synthetics pretending to be. He also “stuck to elemental qualities of architecture,” he says, so classic forms, screens, among others, play a critical role in the design. In a contemporary twist, modern fabrication techniques came into play, in some cases, water- or laser-cutting the screens.

Poon has another Din Tai Fung in the works, in Orange County at South Coast Plaza. Like the Glendale location, “it’s about craft and capturing the artistry of the dumplings,” he says. “It’s about combining the old and the new, in this case, the old way of cooking and architecture that goes back thousands of years with some new ideas in architecture and design.”

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