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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Join FORM Magazine at the Cuningham Group in the Hayden Tract in Culver City for an exploration of new trends in workplace design. It's well known that in recent years, environmental considerations like natural light and air and sustainable building systems have redefined the productivity of office spaces, and the event’s panel discussion will feature a number of practitioners on the cutting edge of office design to talk about what's next. Panelists will include John Marx from Form4 (who will also sign copies of his new book, Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion), Michael White from Gensler, and Jonathan Watts from Cuningham Group. RSVP to or 818.956.5313. Include name, title, company, phone, and email.


PROJECT: Sixth Street Viaduct Rebuild Project

Image by John Humble via The Architect's NewspaperThe city of Los Angeles is in the midst of a design competition for a project to rebuild the fetching Sixth Street Bridge that crosses the Los Angeles River between the Downtown Arts District and the historic Boyle Heights neighborhoods at the eastern end of the city. The city’s Bureau of Engineering has selected three finalists, AECOM, HNTB, and Parsons Brinckerhoff, for the final round of reviews, and is expected to select a firm in October. The bridge is one of Los Angeles' most recognizable historic structures, having served as a symbol of the neighborhoods east of Downtown Los Angeles in innumerable film productions. Preservation groups fought for years to save the bridge, but the concrete cancer (“Alkali-Silica Reaction”) eroding the structure left no options but to rebuild.

The city has requested competition finalists to prepare a cable-stayed bridge of contemporary design to create an “icon” for the city. The new bridge’s aesthetics will be crafted amidst a daunting collection of more utilitarian, infrastructure concerns—rail right of way, the river’s complicated web of regulatory and stakeholder interests, and a stretch of overhead high voltage lines all interect the roadway’s path. Also, contemporary road construction codes requires the new bridge to straighten out a kink in the old bridge’s alignment.

The competition finalists and the city are hosting a series of community outreach meetings during the month of September. Visit the city's project website for more information.


*EVENT: Kappe House Fundraiser for the Santa Monica Conservancy 

Image by Ricardo DeAratanha via LA TimesUpdated 9/10 at 3:03 pm The Santa Monica Conservancy will host a fundraiser this month at the Kappe House in Rustic Canyon on September 15, 2012. The event, benefitting the Santa Monica Conservancy's educational program, will allow participants an incredibly rare opportunity to experience the Kappe House, including a house tour, a reception with elegant hors d'oeuvres, and a conversation with Ray and Shelly Kappe. Deemed a Historic-Cultural Monument in 1996, the Kappe House is one of the finest examples of residential architecture in a region full of famous houses, and was even voted one of the ten best houses in Los Angeles by the LA Times in 2008. The modernist house was built on a steep hillside lot above a running creek, and seamlessly integrates modern design techniques into the surrounding rustic setting. Ray Kappe was a founder of SCI-Arc, where Shelly Kappe also teaches.
(An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy).


PRODUCT: SoLA Gift Line Designed by Barbara Bestor

One of LA’s best architects is branching out into product design. Barbara Bestor, well known for her work in residential architecture around Los Angeles, has paired with Karen Alweil and Sara Stein to create a line influenced by the natural environment of Los Angeles. The line, SoLA (short for Sisters of Los Angeles), includes t-shirts, hats, pencils, ceramic mugs, key chains, tote bags, coasters, playing cards, key chains, and embossed leather covers for phones and iPads (oh my!). Bestor emailed FORM explaining the trio’s motivation for the line: “We noticed a general lack in fun and collectable contemporary memorabilia for Los Angeles- for us residents as well as tourists- and we made a line that reflects the colors, graphic patterns, and flavors of our town.”SoLA made its debut a few weeks ago at the Gift Show in New York City, and will be available this fall at MOCA, Kitson, the Downtown Los Angeles Central Library, and Ron Robinson/Fred Segal.


BOOK: Michael Bierut’s Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design eBook available from Princeton Architecture Press

The Princeton Architecture Press recently released Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design by graphic designer Michael Bierut for Kindle and iBooks. Bierut, a senior partner in the New York office of Pentagram, a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art, and a founding writer at Design Observer, is known for frank but humorous takes on design's role in society. According to PAPress, Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design covers, “topics as diverse as Twyla Tharp and ITC Garamond,” and, “Bierut's intelligent and accessible texts pull design culture into crisp focus.” The book’s electronic release is also notable as the most recent addition to PAPress’s rapidly growing library of ebooks