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Pablo Bronstein: Enlightenment Discourse on the Origins of Architecture
January 24–March 15, 2014
This newly commissioned project by Pablo Bronstein (Argentina, 1977) functions as a “staged essay” in which the London-based artist combines a series of drawings, sculptural furniture and choreography to articulate architectural themes from the naturalistic perspective of the Enlightenment.
Architecture and Design Film Festival
March 12–16, 2014
The Los Angeles Theatre Center will host the nation's largest film festival exploring art, architecture, design, fashion and urban planning, and their prevalence in our day-to-day lives.
Donghia Designer-in-Residence Lecture
March 12, 2014
The Architecture Landscape Interiors Department of Otis College of Art and Design will bring Dutch artist Joep van Liseshout for the annual Donghia Designer-in-Residence lecture.
4th Annual Urban Coastal Research Symposium with Socio-Economic Emphasis
March 12, 2014
Attend the 4th annual urban coastal research symposium entitled, “Socio-Economic Analyses of Coastal Ecosystem Resilience (SEACER)”, at Loyola Marymount University. This year’s expanded scope will highlight current and pressing issues, taking a deeper scientific look at the social and economic benefits of resilient coastal systems. Presenters from throughout California will discuss a diverse array of topics from wetland restoration to Marine Protected Areas, green building, and watershed-level greening efforts.
March 13–16, 2014
Teams of architects, designers, builders, and engineers design and create huge structures made out of cans of food. After the exhibit the cans are donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
2014 AIA|LA 2x8: EVOLVE Student Exhibition
April 11, 2014
2x8 is an annual exhibition sponsored by the AIA|LA, showcasing exemplary student work from architecture and design institutions throughout California. Each of the participating academic programs selects two projects that exemplify its core vision. The students’ design work will be judged by a noteworthy panel of architects and designers who will then announce the winners at the exhibition opening and convene in a forum to discuss the award-winning work.
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.
Deadline: February 28
Designers in Residence
Design Museum London
Deadline: March 4
Deadline: March 7
ASLA Awards Call for Entries (Professional Awards)
Deadline: March 24
The competition seeks leading projects from industry professionals and bold ideas from the “Next Generation” that contribute to sustainability within architecture, building, civil engineering, landscape and urban design, as well as construction materials and technologies.
Deadline: April 1
AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards
Deadline: April 11
BFI Fuller Challenge
Buckminster Fuller Institute
Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards)
Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero
Green leases offer sustainable and financial benefits for landlords and tenants alike
By Ina Drosu
In an environment where the ecological lobby is prevalent, and the general economic downturn begs for practical innovation that reduces operating costs, green leases are steadily gaining the interest of landlords and tenants. Profitability is key to survival of commercial ventures; without it, loftier concerns fly out the window. What better way to harness broad improvement potentials than a lease structured as economic driver accommodating comprehensive environmental regulations and allowing for necessary changes over time?
According to a study done by CRD&MI, energy costs are 29 percent of landlord
operating costs while less than one percent is paid for by tenants.
Alan Whitson, president of Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute, created a model green lease to serve as more than a “token gesture to sustainability.” The lease provides incentives for landlords to build cost-effective peak-performance buildings that address energy and water efficiency, emission reduction, and waste minimization. According to a study done by CRD&MI, energy costs are 29 percent of a building’s operating costs while less than one percent is paid for by tenants. Most commercial leases leave energy efficiency out of the equation. He adds, “in a booming market it’s easy to be green, but now, savvy people realize it is part of an economic strategy to improve performance and productivity.”