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
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Oct022010 Launches New Online Section with Michael Webb and Jack Skelley  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. 


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.


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. 


Foster + Partners Launch Plan for West Kowloon Cultural District

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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Grand Opening of LACMA's Resnick Pavilion - October 2

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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