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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
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Thursday
Feb162012

BIG Makes More News in Park City AND Vancouver

Following recent news of Bjarke Ingels Group’s Valentine’s Day installation in Times Square comes another spat of big news from the Danish architecture firm. First came the announcement that BIG’s design for the Kimball Art Center had been selected for construction of the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. The winning design triumphed against such distinguished competitors as Will Bruder, Williams + Tsien, Brooks + Scarpa, and Sparano + Mooney. The video above includes a quick description of the design by Bjarke Ingels himself, who says that the Kimball design “merges the natural and the artificial.” The project will begin construction in 2013 with an expected completion date of 2015.

Image courtesy of Bjarke Ingels GroupImage courtesy of Bjarke Ingels GroupThen renderings of another BIG design for a snowy North American clime hit the wire—although this time with a more contemporary set of materials doing the twist in designs proposed for Vancouver instead of Park City.

Image via Vancity BuzzBIG’s design for a 49-story mixed use tower is included in a set of documents requesting a zoning change for a Downtown Vancouver site at the corner of Beach and Howe streets. The Beach & Howe project actually comprises two buildings, according to Vancity Buzz: The 49-story “residential tower with a 9-storey podium…includes market rental housing, commercial uses, and a childcare facility.” The project also includes a six story building that will include retail (i.e., grocery store, drugstore and liquor store) and office space. The project will total 653,046 square feet.

Image via Vancity Buzz

 

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Tuesday
Feb142012

New Posts by Michael Webb on FORM Views

Over on the FORM Views page, Michael Webb has recently posted a pair of posts that will interest those who like to mix design with media. First, Webb describes the Dziga-Vertov retrospective at the Hammer Museum’s Thornton Wilder. An excerpt from the post: “Beyond the formal brilliance is a fascinating portrait of the Soviet Union—not as the squalid backwater it was, but as a heroic beacon for humanity.”

A second post reviews the new book from Jean-Louis Cohen titled The Future of Architecture Since 1889. Here is an excerpt from that post: “Cohen gives an organic account of how architecture was shaped by social forces, economic growth, war, and advances in technology.”

Michael Webb is a regular contributor to FORM. Check back in monthly for new posts from this author of 26 books, including his most recent, Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection (Rizzoli) and Venice CA: Art +Architecture in a Maverick Community (Abrams).

Monday
Feb132012

Neil Denari Among Distinguished Finalists for Houston's Central Station

Image courtesy of Neil M. Denari ArchitectsA distinguished group has been announced as the finalists of a design competition for Central Station in Houston. According to Culture Map Houston, the station's prominent location is inspiring the lofty design ambitions for the new addition to Houston's urban environment.

The five finalists were culled from an initial group of 70:
Neil Denari, principle of Los Angeles-based Neil M. Denari Architects, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. Some of the firms in the final group also have connections to the Houston area. Snøhetta is a finalist for the forthcoming contemporary galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Interloop principles Mark Wamble and Dawn Finley are professors at Rice University in Houston.

Central Station will be a transfer hub at the intersection of the forthcoming East End and Southeast lines on Main between Capitol and Rusk. Houston METRO and the Downtown District are holding the competition. The complete collection of final designs is available here.

Image courtesy of Snøhetta
Thursday
Feb092012

More People=More Love for BIG's Valentine's Day Installation in Times Square

Image via BIG/Times Square AllianceThe Times Square Alliance has announced the winner for its annual Time Square’s Valentine’s installation…and it’s last year’s runner up. But last year’s near miss doesn’t really matter anymore, because the winning design from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is an interactive wonder.

BIG calls the 10-foot high sculpture “BIG♥NYC.” The design was assisted by Flatcut (the fabricator), Local Projects (the interaction designers), and Zumtobel (the lighting designers).

The sculpture employs 400 transparent, LED lit, acrylic tubes to form a cube suspending a red heart. When touched the heart grows brighter. More from the Times Square Alliance website: “The transparent tubes refract the lights of Times Square, creating a cluster of condensed city lights around the heart. The hovering heart will pulsate faster reflecting the chain of human energy in the heart of Times Square,” adding, “A single person can activate the beating heart, but joining hands with others will make the heart beat even faster to create a brightly burning heart.” That means more people equals more love, which is an idea we can get behind this Valentine’s Day or any other day.

Monday
Feb062012

Recently Completed Singapore Residential Project by Daniel Libeskind

Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
Construction is complete on Reflections on Keppel Bay in Singapore, and Dezeen has a great set of photos of the newest additions Studio Daniel Libeskind’s portfolio. (The project is Libeskiund’s first residential project in Asia and the largest residential project for the firm to date.) The striking new residential complex totals two-million-square-feet, and includes six high-rise towers ranging from 24 and 41 stories. 
Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
The project also includes 11 low-rise villa apartment blocks of six to 8 floors for a total of 1,129 units.
The high rises feature rooftop gardens and are connected by elevated bridges.
Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
Studio Daniel Libeskind explains the unique dwellings at the heart of the project: “No two alike residences are experienced next to one another or seen from the same perspective; the result of this design is a fundamental shift in living in a high-rise where individuality and difference is not sacrificed.”
Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company
The architect also explains that the project is a creative response of the need to create dense but livable residential environments in the crowded country of Singapore: “rather than equally distributing the density across the site with similar building types, the design is composed of two distinct typologies of housing; the lower Villa blocks along the water front and the high-rise towers which over look them set just behind.”
Photography is © Courtesy of Keppel Bay Pte Ltd – a Keppel Land Company