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. 



Deadline: August 18

Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition

Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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Urban Glamour

The WOW! Collection at the W Hollywood interprets LA chic

Dining room by Cantoni, W Hollywood Residences. Images: Tim Street-Porter

The $350 million W Hotel and Residences development is the first branded project of its kind in Los Angeles providing hotel, retail, and luxury for-sale dwellings at one location. “The W Hollywood is a modern interpretation of classic Hollywood glamour,” says lead architect, Eddie Abeyta of HKS. The hotel complex features 143 residences, including the WOW! Collection, and will officially open on March 31st.

The WOW! Model collection showcases seven unique residences designed by seven interior designers interpreting how they each define “Hollywood urban." From the homage that Kahi Lee pays to Hollywood heavy hitters with the stark penthouse’s walls lined with Romo’s black geometric-cut velvet, to the cheeky life-sized poly resin cash cow installation on the terrace of an up-and-coming actor’s bachelor pad by Interior Illusions, the designers display the city’s eclectic tastes. Other WOW! Collection designers include Barclay ButeraCantoniMark CutlereConnect/Kelly Van Patter, and Poliform.

Registered for LEED Silver certification, construction of the condos emphasized locally manufactured, post-industrial reclaimed materials and renewable resources such as coconut palm wood flooring. Kitchens are equipped with Kuppersbusch pollution-free appliances. The countertops, cabinets, and closets are designed by Poliform and manufactured using recycled and low-toxicity materials.

In addition to the W hotel’s red carpeted lobby by Designstudio, and its plush landscaping by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the complex also includes a residents-only rooftop pool, outfitted with an arching cabana clothed in aluminum scales. The Residences at W Hollywood’s interior architect, Kevin Daly of Daly Genik Architects, was called to design the cabana as “a Venus’ flytrap for supermodels.”


                                                                                                                          -Karin Rose


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