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.

What's Out There Weekend Los Angeles—The Public Landscapes of Ralph Cornell
November 8–9, 2014
This What’s Out There Weekend focuses on the built legacy of Los Angeles-based landscape architect Ralph Cornell, who studied at Pomona College and Harvard University, and opened one of the city’s first landscape architecture practices in 1919. Considered by some "the Olmsted of Los Angeles," Cornell is known for his design restraint and thoughtful use of indigenous plantings. His work can be seen throughout Southern California, including Beverly Gardens Park, the UCLA campus, Hillside Memorial Park, downtown LA’s Civic Center, and the restoration of the historic grounds at the National Historic Landmark-designated Rancho Los Cerritos. This What's Out There Weekend features free, expert-led tours of more than a dozen significant Cornell-designed landscapes in greater Los Angeles. 

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.

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.






Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadline: October 31

Show Us Your Baldwin

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

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship

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

Deadline: February 23
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Wayback Wednesday: Talking Water

James Garland's design for a water feature at the Hearst Building explores sound. Photo by Chuck Choi.As part of our Wayback Wednesday series of posts, celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, we're highlighting some of our favorite features from FORM's print edition. Today, we're sharing an interview our editor-in-chief, Alexi Drosu, conducted with James Garland, the founder and president of Fluidity Design Consultants, a firm specializing in water design. Below, he talks with Alexi about what drew him to water design, his sources of inspiration and how his approach has evolved over the years. He also touches on the future of "green" water design, a subject that has increasing and urgent relevance to those living in regions facing drought conditions of historic proportions.

What drew you to water design?

While doing my internship under Charles Moore, I was asked to freelance with a water design company. Water is very alluring, with special challenges and a seemingly endless opportunity for making mistakes. Between its beauty, significance, design potential and physical sciences challenges, I was captivated. In my mind, I crystallized in my thirties no longer as an architect but as a water designer.

Tell me about the evolution of water design and how it has affected your practice.

At the Alhambra, water was one medium of a multidisciplinary environment that included poetry, architecture, and landscape. In Rome, the great sculptors did fountains in sculpture. In the mid 1980s, there was the rediscovery of how zesty and visceral water is. Interactive experiences culminated at the big fountain at the Bellagio, a real highpoint in water as entertainment. Today, we’re trying to integrate a deep connection with architecture and art, still have the richness of the water of Rome, the refinement of the water of the Alhambra, and the superlative control of the entertainment era—we are trying to bring it all together.

What water features have affected you?

I saw the Alhambra and I was amazed at the level of mastery revealed in the tiny jets, the making of little ripples, the poetry of the reflectivity of the pools, the perfect proportions of the water and the spaces, even the architectural reveals. It’s not just the impressiveness of the idea; it’s how you get there.

Tell me about the sound of water.

There are famous mistakes you can make with sound. In the natural world where you have a beautifully lively stream, you hear high frequencies, low frequencies, medium frequencies. [It’s] the ultimate model for acoustics because it engenders a psychological response. It’s not just the sound, but [also] the changing sound. Something that changes is much more captivating than something that stays the same. The glass cascade for Norman Foster at the Hearst Building was an acoustical idea. Water does not just flow over the glass; it actually moves the flow rate from left to right. It sounds like a constantly changing natural event.

What are some of the innovations you are working on?

For the lobby of an office building in New York City for SOM, there will be a taut screen of silent, brilliantly sparkling water, with a transforming, silvery flow character. For a Design Center in Houston, we’ve created a black reflection pool with rectangular voids that periodically open up in the pool’s surface—later closing, from which glassy fans of water will stream up and back into the pool And in Cairo we are working on a rather grand aqueduct riddled with delightful flaws to leak beautifully.

Change seems to be a consistent theme in your work?

It’s a keystone idea for us. Motion design, transformation, the change of sound, the change of form. In Abu Dhabi, we are working on a program of ‘movable fountains’ for a multi-purpose space. There is this almost random composition so [it] is a constantly changing tablet. It seems that Dubai offers designers much freedom of imagination. It used to be that Dubai was a wonderful place to work because you could build a dream. Today, Dubai is not just a place to build dreams. It’s become a destination of the spectacular. You can’t just do something great; you have to do something stupefying.

Do you often play around with the medium of water?

It’s very rare. People say, do you want to do something with oil? Do you want to do something with mercury? These other mediums are interesting but they aren’t innocent. Why were fountains ever invented? The fountain has a purpose. It’s there to renew and refresh the visitor psychologically and in this renewal to get perspective on your life and your place in the world. Not all fountains do this, but the good ones all do.

What kind of materials are you using?

We look at materials, effects, technologies, [and] new products all the time. In the studio, there are little things everywhere, something we’ve looked at, tried to make something out of. It doesn’t always work but you’d be surprised how often we have success. We did a giant water feature in Dubai made of glass beads. They’re 80 feet tall and hang in a giant space and when the sunlight hits them they make prisms. We’re working on a new project in New York City and they wanted to do something that was visually amazing and made no sound. We did tests [using] differentscreens, made out of stainless steel and woven on these huge looms.

What will we see when it comes to “green” fountains?

There are a number of things we do today to be environmentally responsible and using rainwater is one of them. There have been ideas about using fountains [as] the chilling system for a building. Water features use a lot of energy, [so] our best technique is creating strong displays that don’t need the energy. We are reducing water waste and energy consumption, and we are moderating purification chemistries to be more sympathetic with the environment. But using solar panel, geothermal, even some kind of cell system—that’s all in our future.


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