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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AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 

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Master Plan for 2016 Rio Olympic Park Announced

AECOM has been unveiled as the winning firm in the international competition for the design of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Park master plan.

The UK-based technical and management support services company was also responsible for the master plan for London’s Olympic Park for the 2012 Games. A seven-member jury – consisting of representatives of Rio City Hall, the International Union of Architects, Brazil’s Architects Institute, the Rio 2016 Games Organizing Committee and the Federal Government – sifted through 60 applicants from 18 countries.

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BOOK: Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Architecture

Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture by Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr takes a look at forty projects created by designers from the U.S. and around the world in accordance with the increasingly popular locavore movement, which—for health and environmental reasons—encourages the cultivation of food near the area of consumption. The projects featured in the book evaluate new ways to make space for urban agriculture. It explains the benefits of food production in the city and how residents can have access to fresh, nutrient-rich produce from local sources.


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2011 San Francisco Architecture and the City Festival

The 9th annual Architecture and the City Festival will be held September 1-30 in San Francisco, with "Architecture of Consequence" as the theme selected by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design. Programs will address the roles of architects and designers in improving communities in terms of sustainability, creativity and quality of life.

The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and four Bay Area design firms will come together in the Architecture of Consequence: Dutch Designs on the Future exhibition to demonstrate how progressive design and creative problem solving can be applied to major urban issues such as decreased social cohesion.

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PRODUCT: Cocoon Fires by Federico Otero 

Cocoon Fires is a line of modern and innovative fireplaces, designed by Federico Otero. These modern fireplaces are a combination of sophisticated design, heating function, and environmental awareness. Running on biofuel, which allows for a smokeless (and thus, flue-less) fireplace. With a range of fireplaces for either indoor or outdoor use, Cocoon Fires radiates style and introduces the modern fireplace to the modern home. From hanging to free standing portable fireplaces and finished in either mirror polished or black carbon steel, Cocoon Fires can fit into any room needing warmth without the spatial commitment. 

For more information, visit the Cocoon Fires website. 


Iotti + Pavarani Win Renzo Piano Architects Under Forty Award

The Renzo Piano Foundation awarded the studio of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI from Reggio Emilia, Italy for the first edition prize for Italian Architects under forty. With more than seventy entries in the competition, the prize is made more significant by selection by a single juror, Renzo Piano himself. In doing so, the prize becomes a source of pride and satisfaction as it serves as a recognition that good design is able to be recognized and executed across generations.

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