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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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Wednesday
Sep172014

FORM on Design: Breaking New Ground in the Coachella Valley

This fall, a new competition will challenge entrants to create innovative housing solutions for low-income workers in California's Coachella Valley. Image via Breaking New Ground/the California Endowment.“We had hit a rock wall around housing. It’s such an intractable issue, and we needed to be doing something different,” Margarita Luna, Program Manager, Eastern Coachella Valley, for the California Endowment, says of the state of housing in the region. But how could the organization, which is dedicated to expanding access to affordable healthcare for individuals and communities across the state as well as improving the overall health of Californians, do it?

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Tuesday
Sep162014

Showroom: Moore + Friesl's New C2 Credenza

Moore + Friesl's newest arrival into their collection of furnishings is the C2 Credenza. It features a high-glass finish and accents of bright color and light. Image courtesy Moore + Firesl.

The innovative LA–based architecture firm Moore + Friesl Design Group is at it again. They’re introducing the C2 Credenza. It joins their earlier C1 Credenza, a compelling piece formed in part using a folded piece metal to create its frame. This time, the duo used Senoplast, a high-gloss furniture film for the bold, rectilinear piece. UV-resistant, recyclable and PVC-free, the material bonds over a wood substrate to create high performance finish that’s scratch resistant.

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Wednesday
Sep102014

Workbook: For Riding the Waves

West of West's founders reimagined the surfboard, creating an object that pushes notions of what the object can be. Photograph by Hara Kumaran/Courtesy West of West.“It gave us an opportunity to build something, which happens less these days,” Jai Kumaran says of the surfboard he and Clayton Taylor designed for this past summer’s A+D Museum benefit. It also gave the pair, California natives and partners in the LA-based creative design firm West of West, a chance to turn traditional surfboard design on its end. “It’s a hybrid of early California surf pioneers’ theories along with a more contemporary approach to design,” he explains. “It’s made in a traditional way—in fiberglass and resin—but thought of in a more radical fashion.”

The work of a surf legend named Bob Simmons served as a source of inspiration. “As well as being a surfer and beach bum, he was a sharp scientist and engineer,” says Kumaran. Simmons own work was influenced by Lindsay Lord, who had written about planing hulls. “It was an interesting first step to look at him since he used things he was designing and thinking of. It dovetailed with how we approach out work.”

While Simmons work—the planing hull, a wide flat board and concave elements—from there it morphed into an exploration of other themes in West of West’s work. “We’ve had a longstanding fascination with topography and landscape. The idea of topography played into the bottom of the board with channels and the different types of asymmetry,” notes Kumaran. The use of gray (historically boards were white) points to an interest in an abstract notion of what the board could be. 

Once they had the design, which they modeled on the computer, they took it to the ship, where they worked with a shaper named Chris Noell. “It was fascinating to transfer the digital information by hand, and gave us a little flexibility. We worked some things out in real life,” says Kumaran.

Will there be more or was this just a one-off? Kumaran says they’re up for making more, since the project fits in with the firm’s wide-ranging design interests. “We’ve been contacted by a number of people asking where they can get one,” he says. He’s quick to point out, though, that the boards aren’t for everyone. “I think it will e entertaining for someone with a high skill level who appreciates a board that could produce different ways of experiencing the waves.” As a design object, though, its appeal is universal.

Tuesday
Sep092014

Workbook: Old and New for Yelp's San Francisco Headquarters

O + A designed a new headquarters for Yelp in a classic 1925 building in San Francisco. The spaces balance vintage and contemporary elements, while fostering a feeling of community. Photography by Jasper Sanidad/Courtesy O + A. When Timothy Pleuger’s Pacific Telephone + Telegraph building was completed in 1925, the San Francisco edifice bore the distinction of being the first major high rise south of Market, not to mention being the largest office building on the West Coast. Nearly a century later it has a new life, thanks to Internet review bigwig Yelp.

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Monday
Sep082014

Showroom: New Tile Designs from Clayhaus

Clayhaus offers a big new collection of ceramic tile just in time for fall. Choose from 10 new shapes and 24 new matte finish glazes. Photo courtesy Clayhaus.

Fans of color, not to mention fans of midcentury design, will be thrilled to see the newest ceramic tile collection form Portland, Oregon–based Clayhaus Ceramics. In time for fall, they’re introducing 10 new shapes and 24 new, matte finish glazes to their line of tile offerings.

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