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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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The California Endowment

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International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

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Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
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Apr072014

FORM on Design: The Vermont Looks to the Future

Designed by the Jerde Partnership, the Vermont in Los Angeles's Koreatown neighborhood offers a new vision for a historically non-residential piece of the city. Image courtesy the Jerde Partnership.

There’s a new kid on the block in Los Angeles’s Koreatown neighborhood—the Vermont, a new high rise on the bustling corner of Wilshire and Vermont. Developed by JH Snyder Co. and designed by the Jerde Partnership, it’s a dynamic statement on the current state of urban design in Los Angeles.

Already entitled when J.H. Snyder came on board, it soon became apparent that rather than 464 condos the same number of units should be rentals instead. The big question, according to Tammy McKerrow, senior vice president, design principal of Jerde, was, “How could we do a successful rental property in the heart of Los Angeles, where it’s mostly commercial office? There’s not much residential development.” 

For starters, McKerrow and her team reimagined the building itself, designing a pair of towers, opening up expansive views. “It created a higher sense of quality and urban living,” she explains. For potential residents, the building offers 360-degree views from all of the apartments, which range from 650 to 1,000 square feet and include well-thought out finishes. 

A retail component comes into play as well. However, it only has 35,000 square feet of space—facing Wilshire and Vermont—rather than the allowed 41,000, all the better to make it “really valuable,” says McKerrow. There’s plenty of livable sidewalk space as well, designed to feel “more like Seattle, San Francisco or Vancouver, which are all about the walking experience,” she says. “There are places for people to gather and stay as they’re coming out of the metro.” 

Park space completes the picture for the building, a requirement on the entitlement. Originally designed for the Shatto Place side of the building, Jerde moved it to the structure's Wilshire side, giving 13,000 square feet to the community. “It leads to a more sustainable and livable community environment,” McKerrow says. (There's green space on the building as well, which, beyond aesthetics, filters storm water.)

For potential residents, the building also offers outstanding proximity to Downtown and, via a new bike path, to USC. With the much-anticipated Red Line expansion, the Vermont will even offer subway access to UCLA and the Westside. Given the current and future opportunities planned for the area,  “This can be a new mixed-use core,” notes McKerrow, and the Vermont—and its residents—will be well-positioned to take advantage of the expanding opportunities. 

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