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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PRODUCT: Mafi Tiger Oak Floors with Color Fill

Mafi USA, known for its sustainably engineered wood flooring, recently debuted a unique collection, which encourages artistic expression. The new Tiger Oak floors with color fill update the idea of traditional wood flooring by running bold streaks of color through the grain. To produce the floors, the wood is baked using Mafi’s exclusive technique, which creates natural cracks in the wood. Next, each crack is filled with an epoxy available in dozens of color choices, including violet, blue, green, cream, silver and grey. The resulting look offers a bold addition to the design aesthetic of any project. Each floor is unique and can be fully customized to the client’s preference. The floors come in two finishes, brushed and natural oil, and varying lengths and widths.


BOOK: Handcrafted Modern Offers A Look Inside Your Favorite Designers' Homes

Click image to visit Hennessey + Ingalls BookstoreLeslie Williamson's book Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers (Rizzoli, October 2010, $45) fulfills her desire to connect with architects and interior designers through photographing the homes they create for themselves. The 224-page book, with 250 photographs, presents captivating images of the homes of midcentury designers, such as Walter Gropius, Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Albert Frey, George Nakashima, Jens Risom, Wharton Esherick, Eva Zeisel, Russel Wright, Ray Kappe, Vladimir Kagan, Irving Harper, Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman and JB Blunk.

Williamson's photographs show the iconic, beautiful, and creative interiors just as they were lived in by their respective designers. Both revealing and awe-inspiring, each home is a creative and genuine example of midcentury modernism. Through showing the overall space, as well as intimate details of the design and furnishings, Williamson successfully and beautifully demonstrates an in-depth insight into the previously unseen private lives of influential and iconic designers.


EVENT: Oct 7 at A + D Museum - State of the Industry Panel, AIA/LA Design Awards Exhibit - RSVP

Join FORM October 7 as we celebrate September/October's The Money Issue and the AIA/LA Design Awards exihibit at A + D Museum. We'll feature a State of the Industry panel discussion with:

Jack Skelley, Senior Partner/FORM Contributor, Paolucci Communication Arts
Carl Muhlstein, Executive Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield of California
Andy Cohen, Executive Director, Gensler
Tom Hinerfeld, President, Hinerfeld Ward Construction
Ann Gray FAIA LEED AP - Moderator, Founder/Publisher, Balcony Media/FORM

Date:  10/7/10      Time:  6:30-9 PM

6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Please RSVP here


Santiago Calatrava to Redesign the Denver International Airport

The Denver International Airport is getting a new look courtesy of architect Santiago Calatrava. The south terminal redevelopment program aims to enhance the airport's connectivity and functionality, with the addition of a signature rail bridge, a terminal train station, a 500-room Westin hotel and conference center and a multi-functional civic plaza, complete with retail shops and concessions.

The $650 million project, one of the largest in the country, will reveal a new narrow, concrete-and-steel building branching off of either side of the original terminal. The tall structure will dip into a deep V-shape in the center, allowing for a view to the iconic peaked fabric roof. A glass-and-steel canopy will cover the open-air train station, while the hotel will be defined by an undulating metal frame. By it's completion in 2016, the train will connect the airport with downtown Denver.

For more on Calatrava, visit FORM's website, where you can hear portions of publisher Ann Gray's exclusive interview with the architect about the stage sets he designed for the New York City Ballet.


COMPETITION: Kay e Sante nan Ayiti(Creole for Housing and Health in Haiti)-Haiti Housing Design

On the six-month anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, the international charity ARCHIVE (Architecture for Health In Vulnerable Environments) has launched the campaign Kay e Sante nan Ayiti, which means Housing and Health in Haiti in Creole.

The one-year campaign puts health issues at the forefront with the goal of showing that innovative housing structures can reduce the transmission of airborne diseases, including tuberculosis. To put this idea into practice, the charity is hosting a global design competition and calling on architects, engineers, health specialists, and the general public to submit housing designs that are sensitive to the local culture and that  mitigate TB transmission. The campaign website serves as a platform for both professionals and students from various disciplines to post their details and find suitable teammates. An interdisciplinary panel of judges and the local community will choose five winning designs, which will be constructed in the coastal port town of Saint-Marc in western Haiti, an hour’s drive from capital Port-au-Prince. Register before September 20th.