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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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Deadline: May 18
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Deadline: December 31
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Friday
Apr302010

Dublin Rolls Out Red Carpet

Grand Canal Square presents a dramatic entrance

The opening of Daniel Libeskind’s Grand Canal Theatre this month in Dublin marks Grand Canal Square as the center of the city’s new arts and entertainment district. In its mission to give the long-neglected waterfront back to the city’s people, Dublin Docklands Development Authority commissioned Massachusetts and London-based landscape architects and urban design firm, Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP), to revitalize the 2 ½ acre former industrial site into a public urban space. “Our objective in the Grand Canal Square scheme was to create a vibrant, energetic space that would flow naturally into the dynamic and expressive volume of Libeskind’s theater,” said Martha Schwartz, President of MSP.

With the intention of imitating the exhilaration of the red carpet, the designers used oversized red-glowing light sticks, manufactured from a newly developed red glass resin material, that angle upward from the ground and illuminate the main pathway from the dock to the theater. The striking walkway is counteracted by a series of varied geometric planters that provide seating and connect from the office building to the hotel with tranquil green LED lights. Further movement across the multifunctional space is encouraged by crisscrossing narrow paths, while allowing for large gatherings and public functions to be accommodated.

MSP was challenged with substantial weight regulations and venting requirements in the infrastructure, since the plaza is situated over a previously existing one-story parking garage. The restrictions led the design team to conceal the venting in planters and benches that dot the site using a specially fabricated perforated metal. Additional special features include steel-clad pavilions leading to staircases to the parking level, as well as the green marble water feature where large angular forms climactically and descend out from the plaza.

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