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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

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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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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