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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
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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Tuesday
Mar042014

Events: Get Your AIA Learning Units and Breakfast Too

SCDF Presents: Building a Global Practice: International Expansion Opportunities 


Date
: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 7:00am-9:00am

NEW Location:
City Club Los Angeles
City National Bank Building
555 Flower Street 51st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

This year, SCDF is pleased to feature Ferdinando Guerra, International Economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the LAEDC.  Come join us for a topical discussion and the opportunity to meet Mr. Guerra!

Featured Speaker
Ferdinando Guerra
International Economist
Kyser Center for Economic Research
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

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Monday
Mar032014

FORM Asks: Share Your Tile Installation Projects with Us!

 

Do you have a recent (and professionally photographed) project with an innovative, creative use of tile? If so, we'd like to hear about. For an upcoming issue, we're looking for smashing tile installations. Inside, outside, residential or commercial, we want to see what you've done—and possibly include it in future issue. If you think you might have something that fits the bill, drop our editor-in-chief, Alexi Drosu, a line. Let her know a little bit about the project and include a few photos. Please be sure to send everything by Thursday, March, 6. 

Tuesday
Feb252014

FORM on Design: Drawings in Houston

Menil Drawing Institute at dusk, looking past the west entrance courtyard. courtesy of Johnston Marklee/The Menil Collection.By Michael Webb

Johnston Marklee have won plaudits for their houses and they have now triumphed over several larger firms for a coveted commission: the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) in Houston. The late Dominique de Menil had refined taste and great wealth—a rare combination—and she patiently sought very best in art and architecture. The main museum, which opened in 1987, is still Renzo Piano's best—for its springy grace and luminous interiors. She established a leafy campus around that building, preserved a row of old houses to accommodate visiting artists, and created several satellite galleries, including Piano's understated shrine to Cy Twombly. For its future growth, the board commissioned a master plan from David Chipperfield, which will replace three massive apartment blocks with new housing and the MDI.

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