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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Tuesday
Jun032014

FORM on Design: Jamie Wolfond's Inflatable Floor Fan

Jamie Wolfond's new Inflatable Floor Fan is a playful twist on the omnipresent waving figures dotting city streets. Image via Jamie Wolfond.

Drive down a busy city street, and you spot them—those brightly colored, inflatable figures waving frantically outside car dealerships and fast food places, beckoning you with deals on loans and pizza. Designer Jamie Wolfond (we profiled him last year) has taken the idea and turned it on its head.

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Monday
Jun022014

VIDEO: Scott Johnson and Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now

Last month, our publisher, Balcony Press, had the pleasure of sponsoring a signing to celebrate the release of Scott Johnson's new book, Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now. The event featured remarks by Qingyun Ma, Dean and Della + Harry MacDonald Chair, USC School of Architecture. It was held at Johnson Fain Studios in Downtown LA.

To purchase the book, (all proceeds go to the USC School of Architecture) contact Natalie Egnatchik.

Wednesday
May282014

Wayback Wednesday: Jennifer Siegal and the Office of Mobile Design

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, FORM is highlighting some of our favorite features from past issues. Today, we're running publisher Ann Gray's interview wtih Jennifer Siegal, of the Office of Mobile Design. Image via Office of Mobile Design.

This year, FORM celebrates our 15th anniversary. As part of our year-long celebration, we'll be highlighting some of our favorite articles from past issue of print edition here on the Web site in a feature we're calling Wayback Wednesday. Today, we're going back to 2009 and re-introducing you to Jennifer Siegal and her Office of Mobile Design, who was interviewed by our publisher, Ann Gray for that year's March/April issue.

What is your latest project?

An interesting woman with a lot of property in Big Sur hired us for two

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Tuesday
May272014

WEB EXTRA: SHOWROOM: Work in Progress

 

One of BuzziSpace's newest designs for the office is BuzziMilk, a sweet little form inspired by farmers' milking stools. Image courtesy BuzziSpace.

A while back we introduced you to BuzziSpace, the company that's aiming to bring down the volume in the contemporary office environment. Their range of furniture, wall panels, work space solutions and even lighting is all designed to make open-plan offices a bit quieter. From the BuzziShade that recalls Get Smart's Cone of Silence to fabrics and panels, they're taking on noise stylishly. One of their newest products draws its inspiration straight from the farm.

The new BuzziMilk takes its form from milking stools, although the designer, Alain Gilles, opted for a fourth leg, rather than the traditional three, for additional stability. The seat can also be cushioned, making it a great spot to perch (without the cushion, it becomes a handy, portable table) for a bit.

BuzziMilk can be easily paired with the company's other stools and tables, blending in seamlessly and providing easy additional seating. You can choose from an oak, walnut or ash finish (black is also an option), and the fabric options offer everything from bold, bright solids to homey tartans.
 
 
Tuesday
May272014

VIDEO: Testing the Limits at SCI-Arc

We're totally intrigued by this video documenting the installation of BAUMGARTNER + URIU's site specific work Apertures at SCI-Arc. Requring no additional structural elements, the 16-foot-tall structure instead relies only on its thin surface (1/8") for support, which is crafted from 223 panels of CNC milled from polyurethane foam.

The exhibition wrapped up, but the video provides a compelling story and insight. Take a look.

Baumgartner+Uriu APERTURES from Baumgartner + Uriu on Vimeo.