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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.

10th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition

July 9–13, 2014
In Toronto the prestigious International Academy for Design and Health's 10th World Congress takes place bringing global leaders in architecture, design, and urban planning together to share best practices, learning and research on the global application of salutogenic perspectives on improving human health, wellbeing and quality of life through design and architecture. This five-day Congress includes, a three day conference, awards ceremony, product exhibition, networking events, a full day of site visits plus a pre-congress symposium on Healthy Cities 2030, presented in partnership with the Canadian Urban Institute.

Marmol Radziner Reception & Jewelry Trunk Show at Heath Ceramics
July 10, 2014
The event kicks off with a slideshow and talk by Marmol Radziner Design Principal Ron Radziner, FAIA, presenting his firm’s range of work encompassing architecture, landscape, furniture, and jewelry design. The presentation will be followed by an introduction to Marmol Radziner Jewelry Chief Designer Robin Cottle. A jewelry trunk show follows the presentation, which will feature new additions to the namesake collection, Marmol Radziner Jewelry.

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: July 7
Proposal for a City-wide Lighting Framework Plan (LFP)
City of Chicago

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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Feb272010

Alice in WETland

Water feature design firm builds its fairytale office into reality

Mark Fuller, the founder and CEO of Water Entertainment Technology (WET), believes that water plus people equals magic. Since Fuller’s days of supervising special effects water projects for EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World in Florida, he has created numerous mystical water experiences. The inception of WET in 1983 was the visionary’s undertaking of innovating environments that bring humans together through nature’s elements.

WET is the epitomic firm in water feature and fountain
design. A countless number of people have reveled in the work at world famous destinations such as The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada or Wynn resorts in Macau, China. It was a matter of time before the company manifested an equally dynamic environment for its 200 employees ranging from artists to physicists, from architects to choreographers. In January 2010, the new WET headquarters Idea Playground was unveiled in Sun Valley, California. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was on campus to place the final plot of grass when he stated, “The Idea Playground is much more than just an office; it’s an incubator for inspiration and creativity and a stellar example of the innovative work happening on this site and in Los Angeles.”

Designed by in-house designers, architects, and engineers, WET constructed a space to fully meet the company’s specialized needs. The U-shaped structure encompasses state-of-the-art testing laboratories, including an optics lab that uses E-glass to transform the lab’s perimeter walls from translucent glass into opaque glass upon command. Across from the labs are a woodshop and a 2,000 square foot model shop, along with a three-classroom teaching quarter called WET University that can be used for community outreach programs.

The indoor and outdoor boundaries of the building are uniquely assimilated by a glass-encased lobby at the center with a live grass floor sprawling out into a grass parking lot. The city’s first permeable grass parking lot enables WET to collect its test water in underground basins, recycle it for future tests, irrigate the lawn with it and eventually percolate it back into the local water table instead of runoff into the Santa Monica Bay. Fuller explains, "We are stacking green processes on top of each other. Something we here have taken to calling "green squared." Just as water invites people to play, the Idea Playground inspires its team to innovate.

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