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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.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

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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May142014

The FORM Questionnaire: Talking to Glen Coben

For architect Glen Coben, of Glen & Company, romance is a timeless constant in design. At Carbone, a Manhattan restaurant, he and his team capture it perfectly. Image courtesy Glen & Company.This spring and summer, Glen & Company will see four of its hotel projects open (not to mention three more scheduled for next winter). With so much happening, we figured founder Glen Coben would be a perfect person to chat with about the state of architecture and design in one of our occasional q-and-a sessions. Here, the award-winning architect, and designer of hotspots Del Posto and Carbone, to name a few, shares his thoughts on architecture, design,family and the return of elegance.

What direction do you see the profession heading?

Our client’s expectations are rising as [are those of] the people who dine out or sleep out. We have to be better storytellers and continue to surprise and delight the guests. Specifically, I see a trend towards more luxury and a little more formality. Hopefully a return to elegance.

What buildings inspire you?

The ones that seem to break the rules. The Christian de Portzamparc building on 28th Street and Park Avenue South in New York City is extraordinary in how it is so sculptural. I walk around and am inspired more and more these days!

Where else do you find inspiration?

My daughter continues to bring me inspiration. It used to be that when she was something for the first time, I would try to see it the same way. Now it is in the trying to understand the how and the why. My team continues to inspire me . . . they are so passionate and committed to excellence. I am blessed to work with such talented people. Lastly, our clients are very inspirational. Chefs who put themselves out there blow me away!

What are your three favorite objects?

●      The golf ball that commemorates the first time I broke 80.

●      A photo of my wife and daughter taken the night of my wife’s 40th birthday. It was a hot night in the city and they look so happy!

●      A painting by NYC based artist Marco. I designed his shop and it was how he paid me!

Image courtesy Glen & Company.

What do you collect (furniture, records, t-shirts, etc.)?

Memories.

Who are some of your favorite young designers?

Right now, we have a bunch of new, young designers on our team. They are my favorites! I’m not really paying too much attention to others, but I have interviewed some very talented people recently.

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)?

Paris or Napa Valley.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

Thankfully, molecular gastronomy seems to have ended. It might be nice to never hear the term “urban oasis” again.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

Elegance, Romance. A place to cuddle. A place to watch. That’s why Hitchcock movies never get boring!

What are you reading?

The Boys in the Boat

What are you wearing?

Jeans and a t-shirt.

Coben's work extends to hotel design, including TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South. Image courtesy Glen & Company.

What are you eating?

I made an awesome shrimp with garlic last night and quinoa cakes.

Do you listen to music while you're working?

Pandora is always on. We start with Beethoven or Mozart in the morning and then switch to livelier stations in the afternoon and evening.

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Sketching! I have tons of Moleskins.

Social media—yes or no?

Yes . . . how else would I keep up on what my daughter is doing?

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