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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.

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
I Like Design
Interiors & Sources 

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Wednesday
Aug202014

FORM Issue Extra: Expert's Corner: Peter Grueneisen, FAIA, Principal and Founder of nonzero/architecture

Courtesy Peter Grueneisen/nonzero/architecture.Peter Grueneisen believes it’s important to take a comprehensive approach towards architecture, one that integrates the project with art and technology, but is grounded in functionality and sustainability. Perhaps this is one reason why so many musicians and film composers are keen to work with the firm. “The creation of stimulating structures and spaces is a primary aspiration, while economic realities, social dynamics and limited natural resources demand a thoughtful and conscious approach to design and construction,” he adds.

What are some of your current projects?

We’re finishing up a building complex called Remote Control Productions; it’s a group of film composers [that work with] Hans Zimmer. When we started, they owned quite a few buildings—eclectic light industrial buildings—some were converted into studios others into office space. It’s a whole campus. The latest building was ground up, 16 smaller studios and two larger suites. In the new building, the studios are dark, no windows, floating rooms in the building. But when you come out, all the hallways on the upper floors have large skylights. There is also a balcony with cantilevers. You have screens that can move to regulate the shade; it’s very connected to the environment.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

FORM on Design: Emerson College's New LA Outpost

For a special guest post, Tim Braseth takes us on a tour of the new Emerson College campus designed by Morphosis. Image courtesy ULI-LA.By Tim Braseth

The new $110 million Los Angeles outpost of Boston’s Emerson College by Thom Mayne’s Morphosis Architects hosted a private tour for Urban Land Institute – Los Angeles members on July 10, 2014

Prior to opening the Sunset Boulevard facility, Emerson College leased space in Burbank where students were housed at the Oakwood Apartments. With the opening of the new building, Emerson is able to consolidate its student housing, administrative offices, classrooms, performance studios, screening rooms, audio and computer labs and auditoriums. It’s here where students now complete senior-level coursework and participate in internships in film, television, advertising, journalism and marketing.

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Monday
Aug182014

Book Review: America's Architectural Hub

By Michael Webb

AIA Guide to Chicago, Third Edition. Edited by Alice Sinkevitch and Laurie McGovern Petersen. University of Illinois Press, $34.95.

No American city has a greater concentration of architectural masterpieces or a stronger urban identity than Chicago, and this guide is a match for its subject. The historical span is short; little survives from before the fire of 1871. Virtually everything was created in the past 140 years: from the first steel-framed high rises to Studio Gang's Aqua, which soars on the cover. In the late 19th century and again in the postwar years, the city nurtured the great luminaries, including Sullivan, Burnham, Wright, Mies, and many more top talents, who excelled individually even as they enhanced the urban fabric.

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Wednesday
Aug132014

FORM Events: DWR, Scott Johnson, Skyscrapers and FORM!

Please join FORM Magazine and Balcony Press at DWR Pasadena Studio for an Exclusive Signing of
Scott Johnson’s Performative Skyscraper

Architect Scott Johnson is the founding design partner
of Johnson Fain, the Los Angeles design firm where he’s
been designing tall buildings for 30 years. In his new
book, Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now,
Johnson examines the creation of these buildings and
explains how technology allows them to respond
intelligently to climate, optimize the use of structural
materials and more sensitively reflect their cultural
sources. He’ll join us in the Studio for a presentation,
Q&A and book signing. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to jlewi@dwr.com

 

Scott Johnson’s Performative Skyscraper
Thursday, August 21, 6–8pm
DWR Pasadena Studio
60 W. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: 626.432.6700

Monday
Aug112014

Building Your Business: Protecting Your Intellectual Property

When it comes to building your architecture or design business, there's so much to consider. Beyong creating a and establishing a vision, you have to market it and find the right people to help you realize it. How do you protect that vision, though? That's the question that came up at a recent workshop on intellectural property sponsored by the IIDA NY and LMNOP, an organization dedicated to providing professional development to members of the architecture and design communities. We thought the topic was timely—especially in the digital age—and were delighted to have the organizations put us in touch with Cheryl Davis, of Menaker & Herrman LLP, to answer some questions on how you can safegaurd your own intellectural property. 

Cheryl Davis discusses the ins and outs of protecting your intellectural property. Photo courtesy Cheryl Davis.Why should designers care about design in the context of intellectual property?

A designer’s stock-in-trade is his/her designs, which are, by their very nature, “intellectual property.”  It just makes good business sense to protect the source of your income.  Even if you don’t intend to use the design again, retaining ownership of it may give you leverage.  For example, if the client refuses to pay you for your design services, you may be able to withdraw permission to use your design until the dispute has been resolved. If you choose to transfer your intellectual property rights, you should at least use them as a bargaining chip, rather than simply giving them away.

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