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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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The FORM Questionnaire: Talking to Mallory McDonagh

Mallory McDonagh, of Studio3877, approaches her design work holistically. Image courtesy Studio 3877. As part of our on-going series of conversations with designers and architects, delving into what makes them tick, we chatted with Mallory McDonagh, of Studio3877 in Washington, DC, a firm with an expansive hospitality portfolio. Mallory, as we quickly discovered, is an old soul at heart but with an approach to design that is forward-looking and innovative. She filled us in on where she finds inspiration (hint: she's analog and digital) and how she gets her ideas out (it often starts with words).

What direction do you see the profession heading?

I see designers really focusing on the complete design package. In hospitality, this can be an extraordinarily powerful strategy in branding and concept development. When designers are able to be involved in each aspect of a project, for example, menus, branding, interior, exterior, signage, way finding, etc., not only do lines between architect/designer/graphics/marketing, and other disciplines start to fade, but the final product is something richer and more developed.

What buildings inspire you?

Historic spaces, whether they have been refurbished and re-conceptualized, or are in disrepair. I feel like the intent of older buildings, regardless of function, is something stronger, yet somehow more subtle, than simply constructing something harder, better, faster, and cheaper, which is how many new buildings are conceptualized today. There is a certain romance in older buildings that gets lost in the immediacy of our industry. I love the Ottoman Bank Museum in Istanbul—it perfectly blends a historic building with contemporary interiors through white washed giant coffers and pilasters, super graphics and bright yellow accents. It’s fun and beautiful, but still maintains the integrity of the original space.

Where else do you find inspiration?

Website likes designboom.com and Interior Design magazine have phenomenal photography and relevant topics to the hospitality design industry so those can be really helpful when researching a project, and pulling some precedents. More tangibly though, brainstorming and working with a partner or team on a new project and having ideas feed off of one another—there’s nothing better.

Courtesy Studio 3877.What are your three favorite objects?

A perfect pair of sunglasses, a huge purse, and my Danish chair poster.

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

Without meaning to, I've become a collector of my friends clothes, and not the cool stuff that I secretly covet, but items like old college t-shirts and hoodies from places I’ve never been. A good, worn-in t-shirt from somebody I love means more to me than any random trinket. 

Who are some of your favorite young designers?

Kristina Ninivaggi, the recent recipient of the Contract Magazine Designer of the Year award, is super influential, not only in the breadth and variety of her portfolio, but in her drive and passion in developing the interior design discipline at SHoP Architects. She has some incredible experience and has been a part of a number of fantastic high concept spaces.

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

Location wise, I would love to live in Copenhagen. I spent a semester there and completely fell in love with the city. That being said, it was horrendously freezing, so I might be happy in a sunnier place like San Diego.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

Crop tops. But also, I think the midcentury look has been, and is, very much on its way out. There's retro, and then there's copying the Mad Men set.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

The Scandinavian aesthetic is a really classic look. In any "trend" I feel that the use of natural materials can make the style feel less ephemeral and less anchored in an isolated moment in design history. What's great about Scandinavian design is that there are iconic elements, natural elements and new trends that fit seamlessly together. It also doesn't hurt that simply craft beautiful birch table reminds me of being young and free, roaming the streets of Copenhagen, and desperately pooling my kroner to buy an Elderflower cider.

What are you reading?

Emails. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is always by my bedside.

What are you wearing?

Jeans, a giant sweater and heels (that I really want to change into flip-flops as soon as possible).

What are you eating?

A juicy, medium rare hamburger and sea salt truffle fries with an enormous glass of wine.

Do you listen to music while you're working?

Absofuckinlutely.

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

I have to start with sketching, or writing, before doing anything in the computer. I tend to do a lot of word diagramming and free associations in the beginning of a project, and from there I move onto developing an imagery collection. Throughout the entire design process, I always go back to sketching or writing. Everything is very fluid—I think it's impossible to finish a project linearly.

Social media—yes or no?

I'm mixed on this one, because while I have Facebook, I truthfully only use it to look at pictures of people I kind-of-sort-of know. It's greatest for that. Beyond the casual, innocuous stalking, I'm a little bit of a social media Luddite and don't completely know how to use Instagram/Twitter.  Obviously for marketing, those platforms can be great tools, but it's hard me for me to view social media as anything more than a great base for a Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake skit.

 

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