We talk a lot about the new look of offices—open-plan, flooded with natural light, multi-use spaces. Often, though, designers and architects don’t take that idea to the next level, instead creating spaces that still very much retain the old aesthetic that leans toward the institutional and bland. For a recent project by Studio O+A, a San Francisco–based interior design studio, the team pushed the envelope, creating offices for the online firm Zazzle in Redwood City, California, that are lively and inviting.
With the explosion in LED fixture options, there’s suddenly something for eveyrone and every need. Have a project that calls for an edgy, contemporary look? You can find tons to fit the bill. Need something more traditional? You’re now covered on that front too. Want something with some midcentury modern flair? Now you've got a choice for that. With Nora Lighting’s new Tysen Globe pendant, 50s style comes to the LED world.
This weekend is a big one for architecture and design lovers in Los Angeles. On Saturday, November 9, The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will host its annual fundraiser, ForumFest 2013. This year, the honoree will be architect Michael Maltzan, and the event will be held at Inner-City Arts, a building of Maltzan’s own design.
Next month, Woodbury University’s WUHO Gallery will play host to Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles!, an exhibition of the early and mid-career work of the groundbreaking environmental graphic designer Deborah Sussman, whose career highlights include stints in the Eames office as well responsibility for the identity and “pop-up” architecture for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
On November 5-7, 2013, the U.S. High Speed Rail Association conference comes to Los Angeles, bringing updates on advanced land travel. In many cases, other nations are outpacing the U.S., but the $4.5 billion Transbay “Grand Central Station of the West,” currently under construction in San Francisco, will do much to get California up to speed.
Enlightened architects and developers have long understood that transportation is the key to economic development. So the conference will also offer presentations on how transit stations – when designed to include the needs of communities – can improve affordable housing, jobs and land values. A panel moderated by Jack Skelley, of JSPR, features Jonathan Watts, principal of Cuningham Group Architecture; Michael Dieden, president of Creative Housing Associates, and Gaurav Srivastava, Associate Principal, AECOM. “TOD Transformations: From Stations to Corridors” is Wednesday, Nov. 6, 3-4 p.m., and the entire conference runs through Thursday at MTA Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza, next to Union Station in Downtown L.A.
This concept of transit districts is quickly gaining traction in urban-planning circles. It dominated ULI Los Angeles' recent, very successful ToLA transit summit (Form magazine was a media sponsor), where Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his Great Boulevards initiative. And it is was the recent focus of L.A. Business Council's 2013 Livable Communities Report, authored by Paul Habibi of UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate.