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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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Monday
Nov032014

Events: What's Happening in November from AIA|LA

Before running through AIA|LA’s events planned for November, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate all of the winners of organization’s Design Awards. You can visit here for a slideshow of the Design Award winners and here for the Next LA winners. They also have a rundown of the ceremony and before and after-parties, all held at three iconic Downtown LA locations. We’re planning extensive coverage of the winners in our January/February issue, so be sure to keep an eye out for that, too.

Running through the month of a November is a show at the AIA|LA Gallery on the work of Jeff Matsuno. A native Angeleno, Matsuno lived and worked in Italy for seven years, before returning to LA. His work explores architecture and the passage of time.

On November 6, there’s another installment of the City Leaders Breakfast Series. This time, participants will get a chance to meet with City Council Member Gil Cedillo, of the First District. The breakfasts are a great opportunity to connect with a range of civic officials to discuss visions for LA’s future.

For devotees of the organization’s tours, there’s a terrific one on November 11—a visit to the State Bar of California offices downtown.  Located in a 1958 structure that had been vacant for 20 years, LEAN ARCH was commissioned to open up the building to allow more natural light in. Principal James R. Meyer will take participants through for an in-depth look at the work.

Finally, the AIA|LA Healthcare Committee presents The American Medical School—Identifying Innovations for the Future of USA Hospital Design on November 13 at CO Architects. The event will explore how changes to American medical schools’ designs will in turn inform the design of hospitals going forward. 

For more information on any of these events, be sure to visit AIA|LA’s Web site.

 

Wednesday
Oct292014

Book Review: Architectural Character

 By Michael Webb

Nairn's London. Ian Nairn. Penguin Classics, £9.99.

There never was and probably never will be another architectural critic as impassioned, omnivorous, and outspoken as Ian Nairn (1930–1983). Largely self-taught, he conducted a one-man crusade against the outrages of post-war British architecture, which he contrasted with the best work of past centuries. But he was no reactionary: He found excellence and mediocrity in every era, dismissing one Gothic cathedral as mechanical and unfeeling—the same deficiencies he found in the widely acclaimed Royal Festival Hall of 1951. "What I am after," he wrote, "is character, or personality, or essence." He accepted the wartime destruction in London as the price paid to defeat evil; now "It is burning again, but this time only to satisfy developers' greed, planners' inadequacy, and official stupidity." 

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Tuesday
Oct282014

Events: The New Urbanism Film Festival

Next week, join FORM and Balcony Press for the 2014 edition of the New Urbanism Film Festival. Image courtesy New Urbanism Film Festival.This year, FORM and Balcony Press return as media sponsors for the 2014 edition of the New Urbanism Film Festival, a unique event focusing on urban design and architecture at the pedestrian level. Now in its second year, the festival is bigger and better, with a terrific line-up of films and events, including Dinner and Movie with William Fain, not to mention a walking tour of Downtown LA with Dean Haglund and a pastry walk of local bakeries. We recently chatted with the festival's founders, Josh Paget and Joel Karahadian about this year's festival and some of their suggestions for must-see films and activities.

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Monday
Oct272014

Exhibition Review: Armor as Art Work

LACMA hosts Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, which showcases battle gear for high-ranking warriors from the 14th through the 19th centuries. Image courtesy LACMA.

By Michael Webb

Does everyone realize what a treasure LACMA is, and how far it has come in its 50 years as a stand-alone art museum? An encyclopedic, constantly growing collection is augmented by loan exhibitions, such as Haunted Screens, and two complementary shows on the military arts of pre-modern Japan. Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection has been seen in other museums, but one doubts it exerted the power it has here in an inspired installation by wHY Architecture in the Resnick Pavilion. From November 1st it will be complemented by Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints and Textiles, an exhibition of LACMA holdings and loans from local collectors. 

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Wayback Wednesday: Michael Webb on Living in Color

Among contemporary urban environments, Rio's favelas are getting a hefty dose from Dutch artists Haas and Hahn. Photograph courtesy Favela Painting

Next week, our own Michael Webb, contributing writer to our print edition and frequent face here on the Web site with his pithy book and exhibition reviews, will receive a 2014 AIA|LA Design Advocate award at the ceremony. To celebrate his achievement, we thought we'd run one of our favorite recent features of Michael's his 2013 story on color in urban architecture. He traces its history and offers a compelling call to bring more of it into city living.

By Michael Webb

Most cities have a distinctive palette. In London, the older residential areas are built of yellow or red brick, the monuments of white Portland stone. Some are still blackened from coal smoke, others have been scrubbed clean. Looking over Paris from Sacré Coeur, the expanse of gray slate and stone is interrupted by the multicolored Pompidou Center—much as the PDC stands out in West Hollywood. St Petersburg is a joyful symphony of pale blue, green, yellow and pink.

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