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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. 

 

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Tuesday
Jan082013

Kudos for Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects' Skid Row Housing Trust Project

Image by Lawrence Anderson via ArchitectLos Angeles-based architecture firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) recently picked up some well-earned accolades when Architect (the magazine of the American Institute of Architects) awarded the Skid Row Housing Trust project the Work Award in its 2012 Annual Design review. The small-in-scale but huge-in-impact project cost $266,500 to renovate the 4,100-square-foot space. The newly improved space includes new management offices, including a library, conference rooms, and a flexible training and event space, which will help the organization better "develop, manage, and operate housing" for the significant homeless population living on the streets east of Downtown Los Angeles. Architect describes LOHA's designs thusly: "Made from off-the-shelf components, the lights consist of white aluminum tubes that brighten and enliven the multipurpose space…The architects also uncovered existing clerestory windows in the building, tapping into an additional natural light source." The LOHA website (kudos on the chemistry motif, by the way) states that the collaboration with the Skid Row Housing trust is ongoing, so we can look forward to more great designs for the social good from LOHA in the future.

Monday
Dec032012

This Weekend: Tour the Carver Apartments by Michael Maltzan Architecture 

Carver Apartments image via Zev's BlogThis weekend, deLaB (Design East of La Brea) will host a tour of the Carver Apartments by Michael Maltzan Architecture. Since they were completed in 2010, the Carver Apartments--the second Maltzan project for the Skid Row Housing Trust--have been celebrated for innovative design benefitting the large homeless population of Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for the tour (available here) will cost $20 to tour the 97-unit supportive housing complex, with proceeds benefitting the Skid Row Housing Trust and deLaB.

In a bit of PR-serendipity, deLaB isn’t the only Los Angeles group that has focused  on the community-driven work of Michael Maltzan lately. The blog of LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky last week published a long, detailed account of Maltzan’s growing portfolio of work for the Skid Row Housing Trust, the most recent example of which is Star Apartments at 6th Street and Maple Avenue in Downtown LA. Zev’s Blog sums up this latest ambitious effort, which will begin installing units this month, as “a project that will graft pre-fabricated housing units onto an existing, multi-use single-story building at 6th Street and Maple Avenue. A new ‘structural tray’ atop the original building will support the network of 100-plus studio apartments being trucked in from a factory in Idaho, while also forming a kind of outdoor mezzanine with community gardens, jogging track, basketball court, yoga platform and shared kitchen, laundry and computer room spaces.”  So, fans of prefab, keep your calendars open for tours of Maltzan’s latest contribution to the welfare of Los Angeles when that project is complete spring or early summer 2013.
The Star Apartments. Rendering via Zev's Blog.