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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.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

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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Monday
Oct082012

FORM ISSUE EVENT: Work Ethic


Join FORM Magazine at the Cuningham Group in the Hayden Tract in Culver City for an exploration of new trends in workplace design. It's well known that in recent years, environmental considerations like natural light and air and sustainable building systems have redefined the productivity of office spaces, and the event’s panel discussion will feature a number of practitioners on the cutting edge of office design to talk about what's next. Panelists will include John Marx from Form4 (who will also sign copies of his new book, Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion), Michael White from Gensler, and Jonathan Watts from Cuningham Group. RSVP to rsvp@FORMMag.net or 818.956.5313. Include name, title, company, phone, and email.

Monday
Oct082012

PROJECT: Zidell Yards in Portland

Image by ZGF Architects via The OregonianPlans to develop a 33-acre parcel owned by Zidell Marine Corporation is moving full speed ahead, according to the Oregonian. The Zidells hired ZGF Architects for the master plan, and also hired Landscape Architect Peter Walker, the designer of Jamison Square in the Pearl District and the recent recipient of the J.C. Nichols Prize for the Urban Land Institute, to design public space for the Zidell Yards property.

The land, described by the Oregonian as the “largest chunk of developable land in the city,” is mostly vacant, but Zidell and its developer ZRZ Realty Co. (the real estate company is managed by Zidell family member Matt French) has produced a master plan that would add 27 buildings and 3 to 3.5 million square feet of indoor space to the property, mostly comprised of residential properties with ground floor retail. The plan also calls for high-density office properties near the north end of the property, where the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge, which includes a pedestrian bridge, is currently under construction. An adjacent property at the same end of the property will see the addition of Oregon Health and Science University's new Collaborative Life Sciences building.

Zidell has owned the property since 1948, using the site to break down ships for scrap until 1960, when it transitioned to barge building operations. For a review of Zidell Yards' potential as a neighborhood, click here.

Monday
Oct082012

AWARD: Peter Walker Wins ULI's JC Nichols Prize

Courtesy of PWP Landscape ArchitectureThe Urban Land Institute has awarded Peter Walker with the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Walker is the founder of PWP Landscape Architecture, a Berkeley-based firm that has designed such famous projects as the National September 11 Memorial, “Reflecting Absence;” Jamison Square Park in Portland; the Nasher Foundation Sculpture Garden in Dallas; the Sony Center in Berlin; Millennium Park in Sydney; and Constitution Gardens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

In a written statement acknowledging the award, Walker describes his work’s attention to the public life of cities: “The thread that runs through all of my work is to make public space memorable, to make it the heart of the city…You have to make people aware of the space so that it sticks in their memory, and it is important to the community. It’s not enough to just have open space. It has to have character and uniqueness.”

Walker will be honored during ULI’s annual fall meeting October 16-19 in Denver. Click here for a video of Walker describing his work.

Monday
Oct082012

BOOK: Building/Inside Studio Gang Architects

 

Courtesy of Yale PressYale Press has released Building/Inside Studio Gang Architects. Studio Gang Architects, led by principal Jeanne Gang, gained worldwide notoriety with its design for the completed 82-story Aqua Tower in Chicago, and is poised to deliver a new set of buildings. According to Yale Press, “Building examines Studio Gang’s most current work, twelve built and unbuilt projects that address four major issues facing contemporary architecture: its relationship to nature, the development of dense urban areas, the integration of the ideas of community members, and architecture and performance.” The book features essays, interviews, sketches, and drawings—many of which are previously unpublished. The book was edited with the help of Zoë Ryan, the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Monday
Oct082012

EVENT: Greenbuild 2012

Coming to San Francisco from November 14-16, Greenbuild 2012 is “the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.” The event brings together industry leaders and experts dedicated to sustainable building and features three days of speakers, networking, industry showcases, LEED workshops, and tours of San Francisco’s green buildings. FORM is particularly excited to see urban artist/interventionist Candy Chang on the list of invited speakers. Registration, available in a variety of packages and prices, is now open for the event.