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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.

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.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

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.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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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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