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RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014
May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums. 

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.


Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century. 

 

Competitions

Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 
ASLA 

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 
AIA|LA

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

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Monday
Nov222010

'Blooming Tower' Features Kinetic Facade to Collect Dew and Generate Energy

Like a plant that opens its petals to collect dew, the Blooming Tower by Mekene Architecture responds to environmental changes with a kinetic facade that opens and closes throughout the day. The mixed-use recreational facility combines playgrounds, a library, a conference space and picnic areas under a lightweight tower covered in sail cloth material. The 170-meter tower designed for Dubai is also capable of collecting water and generating energy.

The base of the eco tower is slightly sunken into the surrounding gardens, and a large dome creates recreational space, picnic areas, a library, and a conference area. The tower is designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, and it narrows as it rises up 170 meters tall. The top-level features a cafe and viewing level that is accessible via a cable car elevator.

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Friday
Nov192010

LA's Central City Association Architects Panel Showcases the Evolution of the Architecture Business

By James Brausell, Guest Contributor

The Central City Association today gathered for the monthly meeting of the organization, focusing on architecture in an architectural showcase panel entitled, “Looking Up, Moving Forward.”

The panel may have been more aptly named, “Looking to Integrate, Moving International,” with the panel focusing mostly on opportunities to engage architecture with infrastructure, along with cultural and social institutions, in international cities and domestic locations other than the city and county of Los Angeles. According to Alice Kimm, of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, the recession requires that architects to ask, “How do we identify ourselves in our work in the world out there?”

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Sustainability at Work at East Village Creative Offices

The new 4th + Linden East Village Creative Offices in Long Beach, California recently unveiled new sustainable interiors. Designed for developer/contractor JR van Dijs, Inc., the workspace includes operable windows to capture ocean breezes, and operable skylights to exhaust hot air from the space, eliminating the need for air conditioning. The skylights and windows also expand daylighting throughout the open floorplan: Only individual task or accent lighting is required during the day.

Sustainability makes its way into the water fixtures – including dual-flush toilets – and into the interior walls, handrails, and stairs – composed of recycled lumber. The new interiors are built from raw shells featuring exposed brick and block walls, concrete floors and wood truss ceilings with skylights. The project is also sustainable on a larger scale: 4th+ Linden is an office condominium project designed and developed by Studio One Eleven as an adaptive reuse of three once-derelict, conjoined buildings. The result is a transformation of formerly blighted structures into a neighborhood asset for the East Village Arts District in Long Beach.

Wednesday
Nov172010

Port of Portland Headquarters Demonstrates Pioneering Green Strategies Without Sacrificing Design 

The Port of Portland recently consolidated their headquarters into a green office building designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF). Situated right next to the PDX airport, the new Port of Portland Headquarters is a LEED gold office that unifies the entity responsible for Portland's airport, shipping terminals and more. The project was finished in May of 2010 and it includes a green roof, a living machine to process waste water, geothermal heating and cooling, plus a plethora of other sustainable strategies.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Shared Space III Circular Bench by Chris Kabel

Dutch designer Chris Kabel designed this circular bench for an installation at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art called Shared Space III. The bench is constructed from one 10 meter wooden beam. Kabel cut the long beam into trapezium-shaped pieces then fitted them back together to form a ring that retains the grain of the wood. These pieces are then held in place by a metal strap.