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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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Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

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

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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Apr082014

SHOWROOM: Yes, There Is Translucent Concrete!

Available exclusively on the West Coast through SOLI Architectural Surfaces, Lunacrete is a new, translucent concrete that plays with the very idea of what concrete should be. Image courtesy SOLI Architectural Surfaces.

As oxymorons go, “translucent concrete” might just take the cake. Of course concrete isn’t translucent—it’s strong, it’s heavy and it’s opaque. But hold on. It’s not as out there as it sounds. Meet Lunacrete, exclusively distributed on the West Coast through SOLI Architectural Surfaces, it's a high-density precast concrete. What makes it special—and translucent—are the optical fibers embedded into the material, which allow light, shadows and colors to be seen through the concrete, even through thick wall surfaces.

 

Lunacrete is produced by a small firm (just 10 employees) in western Austria, founded in 2005. There, the product is handmade, with its optical fibers embedded layer by layer. The end result allows light through, producing an effect like ripples on water. A painstaking curing process gives Lunacrete remarkable durability (it’s compressive strength comes close to that of regular concrete) and also means that it can be employed in large blocks. Lunacrete comes in lava gray or white as standard shades, but custom colors can be accommodated. 

Employed in some small-scale projects since it’s US introduction on the East Coast a few years back, Lunacrete is poised to make a big impact now that’s available on the Left Coast as well. Lunacrete can be used a huge range of applications—almost anywhere you’d use typical concrete products, including walls, floors, furniture and countertops and can even be incorporated into exterior projects. It’s a product that should quite rightly be explored. 

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