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RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014
May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums. 

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.


Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century. 

 

Competitions

Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 
ASLA 

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 
AIA|LA

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

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Monday
Mar172014

SHOWROOM: Good Lines

Cromatti's line of sleek, minimalist furnishings allows customers to customize the designs.Image courtesy Cromatti.

Let’s face it. We’re living in a neutral world. Just ask Dan Maddox, CEO of the LA–based Cromatti. “We saw how most home products are offered in a limited range of neutral colors and wanted to create something different,” he says. “We believe color is a celebration of life.” To that end, he teamed with Alan Rauta to create a collection of furnishings that emphasizes clean lines and color not to mention choice.

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Wednesday
Mar122014

Building Your Business: Seeing the World, Part 2

Jennifer Chung, of EPT Design, visited gardens in Australia for her TREK—the company's innovative travel program for its employees. Image courtesy Jennifer Chung.A while back, we shared the story of EPT Design’s innovative TREK (Travel, Renewal, Exploration, Knowledge) program, the brainchild of the firm’s partners Nord Eriksson, Matthew Hall and Steven Carrol. Each year, two firm members are selected via a competition. The winners are given a small stipend and additional time off to travel and explore. They come back invigorated and inspired and ready and willing to share the knowledge they’ve gained with their colleagues. Over the years, participants have traveled all over, from just up the coast to the Pacific Northwest and all the way to Australia.

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Tuesday
Mar112014

Events: What's Happening with our Industry Partner AIA|LA


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There's a lot going on with our industry partner, the AIA|LA. There are calls for entry, not to mention plenty of other events and programming. We're delighted to give you a quick rundown of coming attractions—to pique your curiosity and give you the heads up so you can mark your calendars for what promises to be a busy 2014.

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Monday
Mar102014

FORM on Design: Michael Graves Teams with QuickDrain USA

QuickDrain USA's new collaboration features a pair of linear drains designed by architect Michael Graves. Image courtesy QuickDrain USA. When one of the most important American architects of the last 50 years singles your product out as revolutionary? How can you not collaborate? That’s the position the folks at QuickDrain USA found themselves in back in 2009, when Michael Graves, the American architect in question, singled out one of their linear drains in a keynote speech in front of some 500 architects at the 2009 Healthcare Design Show in Orlando.  It seems that he’d purchased one for his own home—QuickDrain had no idea—and told the audience that the drain was the future of ADA and barrier-free showers, something dear to the wheelchair-bound architect’s heart.

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Wednesday
Mar052014

FORM on Design: Iconic Modern Furniture Reissued

Herman Miller has updated some of its classic designs, including Eames Aluminum Group outdoor chairs. Image courtesy Herman Miller.

Living in the apartment where the Eames prototyped their first designs in the 1940s, I've always been fascinated by the subtle changes iconic pieces undergo as they are first put into production and later revived. Herman Miller, which began as a traditional Michigan furniture maker, was introduced to modernism by Gilbert Rhode in the 1930s, and again by George Nelson, who was their director of design, 1945-1972, a tenure no-one is ever likely to match. He designed an entire range of basic furniture himself in a year, and then brought in his friends, Charles and Ray Eames, who have been the company's household gods ever since. Over the years, as Herman Miller put a greater emphasis on the contract market, some of the Eames's designs went out of production. A few were pirated, European rights went to Vitra, but most of the drop-outs have been brought back in sparkling new editions.

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