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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

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.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

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.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

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.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

Competitions

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

Deadline: May 18
Imagine Hillandale
Imagine Hillandale

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
Jan062014

WEB EXTRA: Workbook: Restaurant Design: Cannonball Makes a Splash in San Diego

Light fixtures inspired by beach balls are one of the many exuberant touches at Cannonball, a rooftop restaurant by the beach in San Diego. Image courtesy Colkitt&Co.

There is something uniquely American about the beach and backyard culture created here. One look at a striped beach ball or a vinyl pool lounger brings back a flood of memories—lazy days spent at the beach or lifeguarding at the neighborhood pool or cooking up a barbeque as the sun set. For Cannonball, in San Diego at historic Belmont Park, architect Nathan Lee Colkitt, of Colkitt & Co., wanted to translate those memories into a lively new rooftop restaurant. 

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Monday
Jun032013

The FORM Questionnaire: A Conversation with Nathan Lee Colkitt

Architect Nathan Lee Colkitt talks with us about new paradigms and more. Courtesy Nathan Lee Colkitt.A couple of weeks back, we introduced you to architect Nathan Lee Colkitt and his work on the PUMA store in New York's SoHo district. Besides his work for PUMA, Colkitt, who founded his own practice in 2006, has made a name for himself designng retail, restaurant and residential projects. He's back here at formmag.net—this time with answers to some of our burning questions. And he's got one for you: Where do you go for barbecue?

What direction do you see the profession heading?

I try not to think about design or architecture as a profession. The term “profession” seems too dogmatic for how fast society, information and the economy are rapidly changing today. Professions are a dated paradigm from the 20th century. The question is: who are the individuals and groups creating and shaping the foundation of this century? Never before has information and communication been so powerful and ubiquitous, and yet simultaneously so meaningless. We see a world based on a paradigm of mass localization. A concept of local contextualization not based on geography, but by social networks and relationships. Overall, I see innovation that impacts lives as the core of our business model and the direction of the future. 

What buildings inspire you?

The Seattle Public Library, Kimbell Art Museum, and the Cartier Foundation in Paris are great examples of buildings that are socially and contextually relevant. Personally, I think these buildings function on so many levels that it makes me want to cry with joy! How can these places shine and be deferential, all in one fell swoop? To me this is the highest calling; to be a distinguished icon with grace and deference to what is all around.

Where else do you find inspiration?

I used to look outward at philosophy, critical theor, and theoretical science for inspiration. Now I look inward, even to the most mundane, pedestrian and primal entities and callings in life. I like to ask, “How even did you come into being?” or “What manifested you?” as the answer often lies within these items.

What are your three favorite objects?

The chair, the chair and the chair. The moment between reclination and supplication. Designers will never stop trying to put their signature on this moment. 

What do you collect (furniture, records, t-shirts, etc.)? 

I stopped collecting so that I can better live in the ever-present. Now, I’m completely schizophrenic and don’t have to worry about being sentimental. I used to collect chairs and vinyl. I had an audiophile with Eames coming out my ears but, it’s debilitating for a designer to collect things. You can never be truly present if you’re a collector. It’s not possible to be a collector and designer in the same body, unless you have a split personality. 

Who are some of your favorite young architects?

Joshua Prince-Ramus and Bjarke Ingels. Is that like saying I listen to Justin Timberlake?  

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)?

To follow in the footsteps of Brendon Grimshaw.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

That’s easy . . . reclaimed wood.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

Isn’t that an oxymoron? Like military intelligence? We think sustainability is not a trend in the sense that energy has always ruled our lives. As we go through an energy transition, how we consume as a culture has an effect on design. This awareness cannot be forgotten. 

10. Color—yes or no?

No question; color is our lifeblood. Without color I would not have a pulse. 

11. What are you reading?

Maurice Blanchot, The Infinite Conversation. I also enjoy to travel and love picking up local periodicals to see where real people eat, drink and play.

12. What are you wearing?

Common Projects. The best thing since sliced bread.

13. What are you eating?

I love beef rib BBQ. Do you know any good spots in your neighborhood?

14. Do you listen to music while you're working?

I stopped listening to music.  I find it distracting while working. 

15. Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Sketching is so much more fun and kinetic. It’s hard to imagine the ballet without a pen in hand. 

16. Social media—yes or no?

Yes, but it is addicting, is it not?

Wednesday
May222013

Workbook: New York State of Mind for PUMA

Nathan Lee Colkitt and his team, working closely with concept and store designer Plajer & Franz, created a design for PUMA's SoHo that captures the city's spirit and remains true to the company's brand. Photograph Garrett Rowland/Courtesy Colkitt & Co.Architect Nathan Lee Colkitt’s relationship with PUMA goes back nearly a decade. “I moved to LA in 2004, working for Stephen Kanner, the architect who came up with the initial design for the first PUMA stores in world,” he recalls. Hired initially to work on high-rise projects, economic realities put those on hold. “I got moved into the retail department and assigned to the PUMA account. I had never seen that side of things. It was fast paced—the closest thing to instant gratification you can get in architecture.” Colkitt became the department head in short order and traveled around the world as the brand expanded. He ultimately struck out on his own, establishing Colkitt & Co, but kept in touch with PUMA.

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