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
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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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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