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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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Thursday
Mar012012

Wolfgang Tschapeller Wins Competition to Redesign the University of Applied Arts in Vienna

Images via DezeenA competition to design a building for the University of Applied Arts in Vienna has produced an early first candidate for the most bizarre rendering of the year. Austrian Architect Wolfgang Tschapeller produced a plan that would demolish the existing link building and build in its place a transparent façade exposing reconfigurable, floating balloons and tiered staircases—the effect in the renderings is steampunk layered over modernist contortionism.

In addition to a set of renderings of the finished project, Dezeen has the architect’s explanation of the layered façade, with a series of cross sections that tells the story of the building’s past and future. Here’s how the architect explains the design’s proposal:

“In essence we propose 3 main connecting elements to ‘make’ the new Campus of the Angewandte. The INTERIOR SQUARE connects Ferstel Bau with Schwanzer/Wörle Bau, the GARDEN connects the buildings of the University with those of the Museum, the BROADWAY, a large stair which runs diagonally across the elevation of the Schwanzer/Wörle Bau. The BROADWAY is not only a means of circulation; it is the platform where members and knowledge of the 17 different studios meet. It is the informal marketplace for cross disciplinary projects.”

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Wednesday
Feb292012

Cornell Announces Six Finalists for Roosevelt Island Design

The SOM concept design for Roosevelt IslandFollowing up the December announcement that it would build a tech campus on Roosevelt Island, Cornell University has selected six firms from a field of 43 to design the campus. As reported by The Architect’s Newspaper, Skidmore Owings and Merrill (the firm that made the original renderings picture above) are still in the running and will remain with the project throughout the planning stage. The five additional finalists include OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Morphosis Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. A contract for the winning firm is expected in April.

Tuesday
Feb282012

Wang Shu Pritzker Prize Media Roundup

Ningbo History Museum image by lv hengzhong via designboomBy now you've already heard that the 2012 Pritzker Prize has been awarded to Wang Shu, who runs Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, China, along with his wife, Lu Wenyu. To celebrate the work of China's first Pritzker Prize Laureate, FORM has compiled a sampling of some of the articles, photo galleries, and twitter feeds that best celebrated the historic announcement:

Bustler: 2012 Pritzker Prize Goes to Wang Shu
LA Times: Pritzker Prize goes to Wang Shu, 48-year-old Chinese architect
New York Times: For First Time, Architect in China Wins Top Prize
AP: Chinese architect Wang Shu wins Pritzker Prize
The Architect's Newspaper: BREAKING> CHINESE ARCHITECT WANG SHU AWARDED PRITZKER PRIZE
designboom: pritzker prize winner wang shu: the work of amateur architecture studio
@HawthorneLAT (Includes a live tweet of Shu's speech at UCLA on February 27, 2012, the day of the award announcment. Shu's speech included an introduction from Neil Denari.)

Ceramic House image by lv hengzhong via designboom

 

Friday
Feb242012

An Interior Fit for an Airstream

Image by Drew Kelly via the New York TimesThe New York Times this week ran a Q&A with Christopher C. Deam, who for 13 years has been helping Airstream design the interiors for its modern architecture marvel of a trailer (click here for Deam's firm, CCD Architecture-Furniture). Deam and Airstream’s latest interior design—the Sterling Concept Trailer—is currently on display for Modernism Week in Palm Springs. 

The Q&A includes a great anecdote from Deam’s first experience with the Airstream’s famous streamline moderne design:
 
“What I found was, you had this great streamlined aerodynamic modern exterior, and then you opened the door and it was like grandma’s kitchen. There was a disconnect between the exterior and the interior. You approached the trailer and there was the magic promise of the future, and you walk in and it was like a log cabin on wheels. What we decided was, we had to do some kind of archaeology, stripping it down and getting rid of all the gewgaws and clunky interior, and taking it back to something really essential. I simplified it and emphasized the horizontal lines and put in a lot of fluid, curved laminates.”

The Sterling Concept Trailer is everything a streamline moderne design should be—round edges, shiny materials (aluminum, just like the exterior), and very little in the way of accents. But in a purely contemporary touch, the trailer is now Wi-Fi ready.
Wednesday
Feb222012

LEGO's Newest Addition Is the Sydney Opera House

Image via InhabitatLEGO announced its newest Architecture Series release, making the probably overdue choice to add the Sydney Opera House designed by Jørn Utzon as the 12th member of the collection. Although the announcement saw broad distribution on the Internet today, the LEGO Architecture Series page has yet to reveal the design on its website. The Sydney Opera House kit will be available in stores March 1st and will retail at $39.99. The full collection of the LEGO Architecture Series is available here.