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.



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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 or 818.956.5313. Include name, title, company, phone, and email.


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.


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.


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.


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.