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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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Jun102014

Workbook: A Different Vision 

Reclaimed wood serves as the unifying feature across the three floors of Stripes Group's new Manhattan offices, designed by ICRAVE. Photography by John Muggenborg © 2013/courtesy ICRAVE. “If you’re not happy kicking around ideas with your friends at seven pm, this isn’t the place for you,” is refrain heard often around the offices at ICRAVE, a Manhattan design firm known for its hospitality work. As with most creative firms, the company’s offices emphasize collaboration and cooperation with an open plan to facilitate the free flow of ideas. Recently, Ken Fox, the managing partner of Stripes Group, a private equity firm in New York, asked ICRAVE to bring some of that spirit into their new Manhattan offices.

“Most of these firms are in Midtown or Downtown,” says project manager Mitchell Streichhirsch. “They’re in high rises with a central elevator core. You see the same office over and over.” In contrast, the new Stripes Group office was slated for space in the Meatpacking District, much removed from the city’s traditional financial hubs. It was also slated to occupy three floors of a newly-constructed building.

The spaces' design balances high design with the needs of a financial industry firm. Photography by John Muggenborg © 2013/courtesy ICRAVE.


For the space, “we took the different programs that go into the work day and broke them up into unique areas,” says Streichhirsch. In practical terms, it meant assigning each floor a particular function. The third houses the bullpen area—“a youthful and energetic” space. It follows an open plan where the younger members of the staff are within eye- and earshot of one another, so ideas can be tossed around thick and fast. The designers hung custom bikes on the walls, and the carpet tiles have a bold, dynamic pattern. Acoustical panels hang from aircraft cables and tubular lights run in the channels between.

One floor above are spaces geared toward visitors. There’s a reception desk, two conference rooms and smaller meeting areas. Though the team took many of their cues from designs geared to more creative pursuits, “there had to be some semblance of seriousness,” says Streichhirsch, but he and the team tweaked it. “We left the concrete floor exposed and polished it,” he explains. “It creates a feeling of raw space and lent some history of the neighborhood to it.” Work by Leroy Granisand and Hans Van Der Meer hangs throughout, and the furnishings mix sophisticated contemporary pieces with a few midcentury modern notes to play off the more industrial elements.

The executive contingent fills the fifth floor, which features a dramatic installation of tubular fluorescent lights, one of the first in North America to include the product. They can be seen from the street below and create an effect that signals something “is happening there,” says Streichhirsch. Reclaimed wood from old city water towers defines the space, as it does on the other floors, providing a unifying element.

“Ken was very trusting,” says Streichhirsch. “He created a different breed of private equity firm and wanted you to know when you walk into Stripes Group, it wasn't another private equity firm. “They’re forward-thinking, youthful, risk takers, and he the design expresses that.”

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