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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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Friday
Sep212012

Neil M Denari Architects Win Keelung Harbor Competition

Image courtesy of Neil M Denari ArchitectsArchitect reported earlier this week that LA-based Neil M Denari Architects won an international competition for the New Keelung Harbor Service Project. The announcement followed a two-phase competition, which saw NMDA win out over another striking design by Studio Asymptote. The competition website lists the project cost at $140 million, with a $12.5 million service fee. The project will begin construction in 2013.

NMDA called on the regional and local environment to inspire the massing, materials, and colors of its winning design. Or, as Architect poetically describes it: “Denari’s proposal would drink in the reality of Keelung.” The linear organization of the terminal includes a shopping mezzanine, boardwalk, and a cantilevered scenic restaurant at the north end of the project. An office building will house the harbor authority, a police station, a large post office transfer facilities, a weather station, and harbor support offices—all in a 53,000-square-meter, 70-meter-tall structure. NDMA describes the office component thusly: “Based on a courtyard type, the building is a distorted and punctured form whose specific cantilevers and surface orientations are based on prevailing views and breezes. Punched windows move across two floors and in various directions, two attributes that change the perception of the size of the building.”
Image courtesy of Neil M Denari Architects
For this who haven’t had the opportunity to embark on a cruise to Keelung, NMDA describes the port city of Keelung: “The Port of Keelung serves, at times, 10,000 cruise ship passengers a day, making it Taiwan’s largest port of entry into the country. Keelung lies on the Northern Coast of Taiwan, 23 kilometers Northeast of Taipei on the often cloud covered slopes of the Keelung Mountains. Known as the rainy port, Keelung with its wet climate, has a lush green collar surrounding its 350,000 inhabitants.” 

NMDA’s project team includes another local connection: Thornton Tomasetti of Los Angeles provided structural and façade help.
Image courtesy of Neil M Denari Architects
Monday
Feb132012

Neil Denari Among Distinguished Finalists for Houston's Central Station

Image courtesy of Neil M. Denari ArchitectsA distinguished group has been announced as the finalists of a design competition for Central Station in Houston. According to Culture Map Houston, the station's prominent location is inspiring the lofty design ambitions for the new addition to Houston's urban environment.

The five finalists were culled from an initial group of 70:
Neil Denari, principle of Los Angeles-based Neil M. Denari Architects, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. Some of the firms in the final group also have connections to the Houston area. Snøhetta is a finalist for the forthcoming contemporary galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Interloop principles Mark Wamble and Dawn Finley are professors at Rice University in Houston.

Central Station will be a transfer hub at the intersection of the forthcoming East End and Southeast lines on Main between Capitol and Rusk. Houston METRO and the Downtown District are holding the competition. The complete collection of final designs is available here.

Image courtesy of Snøhetta
Wednesday
Nov032010

AIA-LA Announces Call for Entries for Arch Is Competition

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2010 Arch Is Competition. Only in its sophomore year, Arch Is is the newest addition to the AIA|Los Angeles's growing roster of programs. The competition invites young architects and designers to share their portfolios and philosophies with an esteemed panel of judges. Two talented winners will be awarded with a public forum and the rare opportunity to share their perspective on what architecture is with the design community. The winner will also receive a cash award.

 

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