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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.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20–May 24, 2015
This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.

 

 

Competitions

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

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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Thursday
Aug192010

Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition - Register by August 30

On August 9, The Southern California Institute of Architecture, or SCI-Arc, launched a design competition for L.A.'s Cleantech Corridor, a large development space at the eastern edge of downtown. The competition is open to architects, students, urban planners, environmentalists, designers, engineers and other related professions. Applicants are expected to turn in an innovative urban plan for the corridor. 

The Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) developed the Cleantech Corridor as a model for modern urban planning. It is a strip of industrially-zoned land, and intended for cleantech businesses. It is meant to synthesize affordable housing, mass transportation, and better jobs, as well as practicing sustainability and clean energy. The registration deadline to register on August 30 is fast approaching, and final submissions will be due September 30. The winner will be awarded a portion of the $11,000 in prize money. 

Wednesday
Aug182010

John Leighton Chase - Some Thoughts

Image Credit: Alissa Walker/gelatobaby.comJohn Chase and I went a long way back to UCLA grad school. Even then he stood apart for his larger than life personality and his keen take on issues of the day. As flamboyant as he seemed, there was a gentleness to John, a quiet subtlety in his communication. He often wordlessly spoke in his trademark mischievous sidelong twinkle. You didn't have to be a genius to see it but for those that didn't have the inclination, the more obvious side of him left plenty to like as well. He was funny in a biting but never mean-spirited way. That is what allowed him to speak truth to power as he did every day at work and still be as beloved as he was by bureaucrats and developers alike. In the last few years, after much soul searching and some happy accidents, he seemed to have reached a state of grace in his life-it all just synched. Although he is gone, I am so glad he got to that place that so many people never do. He packed a lot of happiness into a short time and he deserved every second of it.

Ann Gray´╗┐
Founder/Publisher
Balcony Press/FORM magazine

A memorial is scheduled for Tuesday, August 24 from 4pm to 7pm at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood. The invitation suggests to “dress as if John picked out your outfit.”
[via gelatobaby.com]

More tributes to John Chase:
gelatobaby.com

curbedla.com
John Kaliski's Facebook
The Architectural Correspondent blog by John Kaliski
laweekly.com
KCRW's Design and Architecture
KCRW DnA podcast on John Leighton Chase
Do you have your own memory of John Chase? Please feel free to comment here.

Tuesday
Aug172010

The WAV - Working Artists Ventura - Sept 10 Event - ULI-LA

Working Artists Ventura, or WAV, is a unique housing community in downtown Ventura. It was designed by PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community and Environment), a non-profit developer, to serve as an affordable option for artists. The revolutionary space combines green building techniques, community planning, affordable housing practices, progressive architecture, and development of small businesses. The affordable housing is subsidized by penthouse condominiums at the top of the developments, and the arts-friendly local businesses will help provide jobs and add to the community's tax base. 

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Los Angeles will lead a tour and speak to WAV as a case study for modern urban planning on September 10. The day will include an opportunity to meet the creative team, walk the site, and learn more about WAV as a model for urban development and planning. 

Tuesday
Aug172010

Moving Beyond Cars: L.A.'s Alternative Transportation Celebration - August 18

Tomorrow evening, GOOD, in cooperation with railLA, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the Coalition for Clean Air, and de LaB, will host a celebration to showcase the possibilities of a Los Angeles beyond the hold of cars. The event will be at the downtown exhibition LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective on Rail and Public Space, and the event sponsors are aiming for an entirely car-free party. They encourage all attendees to take alternatives forms of transportation to the party, whether it be bus, bike, scooter or walking. 

The event itself will have interactive urban planning workshops, prizes for the most original methods of transportation, and a cash bar. RSVP to their Facebook event page to sign up!

Tuesday
Aug172010

Design and Disney: Upcoming Lecture at UCLA

The digitized Little Mermaid attraction at Disney's California AdventureThis Thursday, August 19, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design will host a lecture on digital design and the Walt Disney Imagineering's methods and innovations in the transformation from virtual to reality. The event is part of the Digital Practice Series, put on by The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum, in association with the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Committee. Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative and digital mastermind behind the theme park attractions such as "The Pirates of the Caribbean" ride as well as hotels, cruise ships, water parks and more. 

Duane McLeod, Director of Architecture at Disney Imagineering, will speak at 7 p.m. after a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. The lecture will focus on the methodology and presentation of Walt Disney Imagineering, including BIM, Virtual Design and Construction, and alternative project procurement models. McLeod will also speak about upcoming projects for the California Adventure theme park, and how such projects are realized from the computer screen to a material realization. Interested parties should RSVP to general@ladesigntech.org.