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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.

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.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

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.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

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.

 

 

Competitions

Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

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
I Like Design
Interiors & Sources 

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Tuesday
Sep232014

FORM on Design: Ehrlich Architects Reinvent the Work Environment

Ehrlich Architects' new elevon at Campus El Segundo brings residential design ideas to the business world. Rendering courtesy Ehrlich Architects.

Ehrlich Architects – internationally recognized for modern custom homes as well as a broad range of arts, civic and mixed-use environments – has broken new ground again. Its latest project in Southern California applies innovative residential principles of comfort and community to the business setting. The commercial development, elevon at Campus El Segundo, combines a neighborhood-like design with

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Monday
Sep222014

Greenworks: Preaching Sustainability 

It miight look like much at first glance, but the work Scott Kelly and his team at Energy Upgrade Solutions are doing is moving the energy efficiency conversation forward in Southern California.Courtesy Scott Kelly/Energy Upgrade Solutions.For Scott Kelly, getting folks to go green has a lot to do with the pitch. Kelly, a longtime contractor and the founder of Kelly Green Building Advisors in Los Angeles, has been talking green for a few years, but he’s quick to point out, “I don’t preach green; I preach high performance energy efficiency.” The distinction matters, because it plays on concerns about budget. The knock on green technology for a while now has been that it’s costly. With new building codes in California, though, mandating even higher levels of energy efficiency, green is now a way of life. Kelly is helping his industry colleagues meet and exceed those standards with his latest venture, Energy Upgrade Solutions.

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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.