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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.

 

 

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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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Wednesday
Apr252012

LACMA Distinguished Architects Lecture Series: Jeanne Gang

Image Courtesy of Studio Gang ArchitectsThe May event for the LACMA Distinguished Architects Lecture Series will feature Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP, founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects. The MacArthur Fellow's recent work is high profile and prolific, including the Aqua Tower, Chicago; the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo; "The Garden in the Machine" for MoMA’s "Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream" exhibition; and the "Reverse Effect", a book intended to explore and spark a radically greener future for the Chicago River and Great Lakes.

The event will also feature an introduction from LA Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne.

Date and Time:
May 8, 2012
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Address:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Friday
Apr202012

The Virtual Broad Art Museum's Doors Are Open

The FLICKR GETTR component of the Virtual Broad Art Museum (image courtesy of Michigan State University)In case you missed it (how time flies!), Michigan State recently opened the doors of the Virtual Broad Art Museum—a virtual space that, according to a MSU press release, “mirrors the architecture of the Zaha Hadid-designed museum, and provides an innovative and globally accessible venue.” When completed (construction setbacks have already delayed the opening date from April until fall of this year), the 46,000-square-foot museum will serve as teaching institution and cultural hub, housing a collection containing 7,500 objects from the Greek and Roman periods through the Renaissance and the Modern era. Eli and Edythe Broad provided the lead gift of $28 million.

Intermedia artists IDIA Lab Director John Fillwalk at Ball State University and associate professor of electronic art and intermedia Adam Brown at MSU created the virtual space in anticipation of a fall opening for the (the museum was originally scheduled to open in April 2012, but construction setbacks have pushed back the opening).

The VBAM includes several component installations, described by MSU as follows:

Proxy
"In this interactive digital installation, visitors shape the construction of a sculptural and sonic composition as they move through the virtual museum. The work progresses to
Screenshot from Flickr Gettr, John Fillwalk, 2012 construct in relation to the museum itself, eventually integrating into structural support for the building and becoming one with the virtual museum environment. When multiple users are in the environment, their avatars interact with one another to create a collaborative work."

Flickr Gettr
"Flickr Gettr connects the social image web service Flickr to the virtual museum environment, allowing visitors to “curate” a spatial and dynamic cloud of imagery by entering a search term of their choice, which will bring related images from Flickr into the museum space.:

Survey
"An immersive landscape simulation, Survey uses real time weather data from the physical location of the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan. Representations of surveyor's tape, flags, and clouds are superimposed onto the virtual landscape in accordance with the real-life data, which informs wind speed and direction, time of day, and cloud density in the digital environment."

con|FLUENCE
"Participants in con|FLUENCE may create pathways based on reactions to both social and spatial relationships. There is a virtual response and persistence to interactions, as the routes are drawn and sculpted in the three-dimensional environment, forming nodes that are created via visitors’ proximity."

Thursday
Apr192012

Another Week, Another BIG Announcement

The graphics on the front page of the BIG website represent the firm's growing number of contracts and installationsFrance's SudOuest newspaper reports that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been selected to design Maison de l’économie créative et de la culture en Aquitaine, a.k.a. “la Méca.” The riverfront cultural center will include three regional visual and performing arts agencies, and is expected to cost 52 million euros. BIG beat out SANAA and the Toulouse-based firm W-Architectures for the project, which must still be approved by the City Council. 2012 has been a very busy year for BIG, back in February installation the firm was selected for the Times Square Valentine's Day installation, in addition to winning competitions for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, and a 49-story mixed use tower in Downtown Vancouver.

Tuesday
Apr102012

Finalists Announced for National Mall Design Competition

Michael Maltzan Architecture + Tom Leader Studio for Sylvan TheaterThe Trust for the National Mall has opened an exhibition showcasing the finalists in National Mall Design Competition. The competition, launched last September, asked designers to redesign areas near the Capitol, Washington Monument, and Constitution Gardens in the nation’s capital. According to an article by the Associated Press, the hope is to have one of the sites—either Constitution Gardens or the area near the Washington Monument—complete by 2016.

A jury recently picked four finalists for each of the three sites, paring down a field of 32 teams. Organizers will select a winner for each site in May, but are currently seeking public comment to help make their decisions. Among the distinguished finalists emerges a West Coast connection—including LA-based firm Michael Maltzan Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the firm responsible for the Broad Art Foundation, which is coming soon next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Bustler has a complete list of finalists, including the design boards for each finalist.

The Trust for the National Mall must still meet the funding requirements for the lofty ambitions of the competition. According to the AP, “The nonprofit National Mall group aims to raise $350 million to help restore the mall, beginning with one of these sites. Former first lady Laura Bush joined the fundraising effort last year, and the group committed $875,000 to the design competition.”

Diller Scofidio Renfro + Hood Design for Sylvan Theater

Thursday
Apr052012

Stratocam Takes Google Maps Satellite View to New Heights

Fast Co. Design writes of a creative app that sources the panopticon--or the archive of Google Maps Satellite View, depending on how you look at it--for a new type of global photo album. Stratocam, as the app is known, allows users to take snapshots of images from Google Maps and share them broadly across the Internet. Unadorned by overlays and the needs of users who come to the system with more pragmatic needs, Google Maps is capable of producing images of surprisingly beautiful clarity and color. As Co. Design explains, the whole exercise also raises questions of authorship, because it "divorces the moment of framing from the moment of capture in photography." The site is, of course, fully integrated into social media, and in a very contemporary move, users can vote the snapshots on the site up or down depending on their tastes in satellite imagery.