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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.

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.

ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference
October 23–24, 2014
DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community through the combined support of the research networks of the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.

ASLA SoCal Chapter Quality of Life Design Awards
October 23, 2014
The Southern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects holds its biennial awards, honoring excellence in designs originating in one of the nation's largest chapters and executed across the globe. 77 Projects were submitted and over 40 were awarded by our esteemed jurors in the categories of Design, Planning and Analysis, Communication, Student, and Concepts, Ideas and Theories.

2014 Design Awards Gala
October 29, 2014
The 2014 AIA|LA Design Awards location and date has been set for this year. We are excited to host you at the Heart of Downtown Los Angeles with the ceremony at the Million Dollar Theater and the reception at Grand Central Market. Join us at this amazing and historic venue to honor our winners and honorees.

LA Conservancy Presents "We Heart Garden Apartments!”
November 1, 2014

Imagine living in a garden oasis in the middle of America’s second-largest city. Thousands of people do, and it’s a unique and endangered way of life in development-prone L.A. Here’s a chance to see what life is like in historic garden apartments, “villages in the city” that could never be built today.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 6–9, 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.

de LaB's Making LA Conference

November 7, 2014
During the conference, we'll be exploring the themes of Water, Transportation, Density and Community. Our hope is to hear from a diverse range of practitioners, city officials, makers and artists who are deeply involved in/committed to these themes. We're looking to include conversations, videos, slideshows and presentations about projects that are currently in development and recently completed that are promising to shape the future of Los Angeles. Our goal is to showcase ideas, visions, projects and more that explore how Los Angeles can make huge strides in terms of water conservation, transit richness, urban density and important community initiatives. Current confirmed speakers for the water section include: Deborah Weintraub, Deborah Deets, Carol Armstrong, Omar Brownson, WeTap, among others. Other conference speakers include Moby, Mayor Aja Brown, and representative from Side Streets Projects and Resilient Cities, among many others.

USGBC-Los Angeles’10th Annual Green Gala

November 13, 2014
The Los Angeles Chapter of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA) will host the Chapter’s 10th Annual Green Gala on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 6:30 – 10:30pm at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. The Green Gala is recognized as the single largest annual vehicle for communication, celebration and bridge-building among those who think, act, design and build greener throughout the County of Los Angeles and its metropolitan areas.

DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made

November 14, 2014

West Hollywood Design District presents the 3rd annual DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made, a one-day design symposium that offers culturally resonating discussions, panels and keynotes from leaders in the fields of design, decorative arts, fashion, architecture and fine arts.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadline: October 31

Show Us Your Baldwin
Baldwin

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

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

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FORM Trends: What's Cooking in Kitchen Design

Introduced in 1972, the Idea kitchen, by Pininfarina Design and available through Snaidero USA, was recently rethought. From technology to finishes, kitchens are rapidly evolving, so we asked Alberto Snaidero, operational manager at Snaidero USA, to share some insights into the changes taking place. Image courtesy Snaidero USA.

Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen seems to be evolving the most rapidly, especically when it comes to technology. We reached out to Alberto Snaidero to get his take on the changes taking place. As the operational manager at Snaidero USA, he's got a front row seat to the new kitchen. From smart tech to materials, there's a lot going on.

Alberto Snaidero, operational manager at Snaidero USA. Image courtesy Snaidero USA.How has technology changed the kitchen in the last five or 10 years?


For cabinets, soft close systems on all doors and drawers are a must. Software technology is drastically different than it was a decade ago—you can immediately design a space and make changes on the fly, when it used to take hours to draw out the floor plans. It has increased productivity and efficiency significantly. Material technologies are allowing us to use materials we never considered for kitchen in the past: leather, bronze, concrete, carbon fiber, zinc, and other industrial materials. Our ventilation hoods clean the air and can hide out of view when we aren’t using them, and they have become design elements in their own right.
 
Touch controls instead of knobs are now popular on ovens and cooktops, and we’re seeing remote control settings and timers as well. Ovens have eliminated all the guess work—you basically scroll through a menu of food items (as you would on your smartphone) enter the weight and hit ‘start’. The oven technology is advanced enough to cook it to perfection, determining exactly the right amount of heat, time, and energy to use, allowing us all to appear as if we’re seasoned chefs. Refrigeration is the same way, storing our food at optimal temperature and humidity levels to keep food fresh and tasting great for much longer.
 
How will technology continue to evolve in the kitchen?


The use of technology is allowing us to take universal kitchen design to a whole new level, making the kitchen a completely personalized, safe and functional space for all, regardless of age and physical/mental abilities. Snaidero has recently partnered with a network of universities, research centers and companies in different fields to explore industrial research and development for a universal design project called LAK: the “Living for All” kitchen. The goal of this universal kitchen design endeavor is to develop the prototype for an “intelligent” environment that utilizes home automation devices, sensors, smart outlets, and innovative remote control systems. These different technologies are integrated into a single platform with an easy-to-use interface that helps you “program” the kitchen to act as you wish. It will consider security, comfort, energy efficiency, and design to create a kitchen that literally adapts and transforms depending on its user. With features like adjustable workspaces and countertops, sensors that let you know how food items should be stored and when they will expire, and  facial recognition software that will adapt to your personal specifications for lighting, temperature or personal reminders, etc., this is just the beginning.
 
The result is a solution that improves the quality of home life for everyone. This concept that is especially useful for multi-generational households where different users have distinct functional needs. This home automation allows more flexibility as we grow older.  If someone in the home is dealing with memory loss or if you have small children, the oven and cook-top can be locked remotely, if they are home alone, to avoid accidents.
 
Kitchen technology will also continue to evolve in environmentally friendly ways, given the ubiquitousness of things like LED lighting and environmentally-friendly wood and manufacturing processes. I think particleboard, while industry-standard, will be even more prominent, given its durability, and the fact that it requires less deforestation than solid wood.

 Snaidero sees induction cooktops replacing large, bulky commercial models. Image courtesy Snaidero USA.
How have your designs evolved/continue to evolve as technology takes a bigger role in the kitchen?

 

One of the bigger design and aesthetic changes in recent memory occurred when dishwashers were developed that had the controls located on the inside of the door so an outside panel can be integrated to look like the rest of the cabinetry for a clean, European look. The cabinets will continue to integrate technology seamlessly but will also advance the design conversation. Snaidero has been influential in setting the standards for European cabinetry, including introducing the first handle-less kitchen, commissioning notable designers to design our kitchens, and demonstrating how new materials can provide classic style, while maintaining modern appeal.
 
On a smaller level, many of our designers have added adjustable spaces into cabinetry for people to place iPads, docking stations, and TV screens that help them manage the household.  They can pull up recipes and family schedules as well as control things going on in other sections of the home.  The keyword here is adjustability.  Technology improves so quickly, you do not want to spend money creating a niche for something that will be smaller, thinner, and smarter a year later.
 
Despite changing tastes and trends, Snaidero’s designs have stood the test of time. What do you attribute that to? In what ways have you adapted or tweaked them?

Snaidero never designs to be trendy. We try to consider classic designs, then adapt them to modern life, while introducing new and unique elements to help evolve the kitchen in a meaningful way.  A tremendous amount of thought, design, and engineering goes into our cabinet styles so they CAN stand the test of time.  You cannot manufacture a kitchen to last 30 years in someone’s home, but design it so that it is only current for 5-10 years.  That is intentional and what makes Snaidero truly special.  We further update and stay relevant by evolving wood and lacquer colors and updating the styles every so often to accommodate advancing technologies.
 
Intelligent design will always stand the test of time.  The overall concept of IDEA today is based on the same design principals as it was over 40 years ago; elegant balance and unified lines.  The adaptions come from updated drawer systems and modern engineering.  Small details like door profiles and finishes will be streamlined to keep the style fresh, but the beauty is that the IDEA installed in 1975 still looks as current and innovative as the one installed in 2014. That is the Snaidero difference.

In one of the company's newer kitchen designs, Code, rustic meets modern. Image courtey Snaidero USA.

What are some design trends on the kitchen horizon?

Different materials for door finishes like porcelain and glass are becoming more popular. While grey will continue to be a huge trend in interior design as a whole, I think we’ll start seeing more rusts, bronzes, and warmer, golden tones on the horizon.  Both dark and neutral woods (like Walnut) and raw, textured wood have some staying power as well.  They revisit early kitchen design in a new way, and are often integrated with more contemporary elements to stay interesting.  More industrial elements like stainless open shelving and brick will also continue.  As for function, we’ll see more double islands, double ovens, specific ‘work zones’ and unique pantry storage.  White kitchens are timeless and open floor plans are definitely here to stay for good.

Design can simplify life—people like materials that are easy to clean and appliances that are “smart” and intuitive. Streamlined design that reduces clutter, integrated appliances and handle-free cabinets and appliances. 

 

Are there things that folks aren't as interested in now?

We’ve seen diminished interest in granite countertops and in medium toned and warm woods (like cherry).
 
Double bowl sinks, tambour appliance garages and trash compactors are also losing their appeal a bit. I think people are growing more of their own food, trying to create less waste, reusing things and repurposing for the environment, which can only be positive! People are also requesting the removal of a desk area in the kitchen, possibly as a way to remove the pleasures of food and company from the concepts of work or homework. People are gravitating towards induction cooktops and away from bulky professional style appliances.  The elimination of microwaves has been interesting—people want to make their food fresh or reheat it more traditional ways. There is always value in the past—it’s interesting to revisit concepts that once were old and are now new again. It keeps things interesting!
 
 

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