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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.

 

Competitions

Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 
ASLA

Deadline: May 18
Imagine Hillandale
Imagine Hillandale

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 
AIA|LA

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Saturday
Oct022010

FORMmag.net Launches New Online Section with Michael Webb and Jack Skelley

 

FORMmag.net  is proud to introduce VIEWS, a new section featuring the personal viewpoints of two longtime FORM contributors: Michael Webb and Jack Skelley.

Michael Webb, the author of 26 books and prolific contributor to design magazines around the world, brings his poignant and pointed writing style to his VIEWS column. His posts so far range from thoughtful book reviews, a firsthand account of the opening of LACMA's Resnick Pavilion, architectural discoveries on his far-flung travels, to a discussion of a favorite bookstore.

With over 25 years of writing experience, Jack Skelley takes a close look at sustainability and urban design in Los Angeles for his column. His recent posts cover topics on the discourse between sustainability and social justice to a discussion regarding green developments along the LA River.

Be sure to check VIEWS regularly for informative and unfiltered deliberations from these experienced industry reporters and others. 

Saturday
Oct022010

OMA Wins Competition to Design Modern Library in Caen, France

On September 10, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) won a competition to design the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR), a new library in Caen, France. The project, headed by partner Rem Koolhaas and associate Clément Blanchet, will be sited at the tip of the peninsula in Caen, and will be formed by two crossing axes, which point in the direction of various city landmarks. Two intersecting reading rooms, meant to integrate intellectual engagement from all fields, will be flooded with natural light as a result of floor-to-ceiling windows.

The design meets the standards of the Haute Qualité Environnementale, the French sustainable building code, and will respond to the natural climate of the area to ensure maximum energy efficiency. It's large windows and slotted white facade lend a sense of transparency to the structure, which will engage its surroundings by opening onto a park and waterfront plaza, all connected by a pedestrian walkway.

Saturday
Oct022010

PRODUCT: Wood and Glass Intersect in John Houshmand's New Design

The inspiration behind this piece was that ongoing imagery we play with of one medium penetrating another," says furniture designer John Houshmand, who is known for combining elemental materials, such as wood, steel and glass, into sculptural furnishings. His latest design, Nº 0189, a low table made with starfire glass and spalted maple, was handcrafted on his 900-acre farm in upstate New York to showcase the natural edges, patina and form of the wood. "The wood is actually at two different heights," explains Houshmand, "but it looks even because of the diffraction of the glass." The custom table can be made-to-order in different sizes and materials from Houshmand's New York or Los Angeles showroom. 

Wednesday
Sep012010

Foster + Partners Launch Plan for West Kowloon Cultural District


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n August 20, the London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners launched their master plan for the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. They are one of the three competitors in the West Kowloon Cultural District Conceptual Plan, and the best design will be chosen in December. The reclaimed cultural district in Hong Kong is 57 acres, and, along with the green park and Grand Avenue, it will offer seventeen new cultural venues, including an opera house, a modern art museum, an exhibition center and a 15,000-seat arena.

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Tuesday
Aug312010

Grand Opening of LACMA's Resnick Pavilion - October 2


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n September of 2008, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced that the Los Angeles-based philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick would donate $55-million dollars toward LACMA's Transformation, a renovation and expansion project. On October 2, the new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will open to the public with three new exhibits, Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection and Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.

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