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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Philippe Starck's latest design collaboration arrives just in time for summer. His new PLAY collection with DEDON allows designers to have a hand in realizing their own outdoor furniture creations. Offered in a molded polypropylene and fiberglass frame, with or without armrests, the PLAY chair can be customized with a range of Dedon's hand-woven synthetic fibers. Colors from chalk to carbon and stone to terracotta encourage creativity. The chairs can be ordered online and produced upon request, starting at $380. The line is rounded out by tables and light fixtures, which are made in collaboratiaon with Flos.


EVENT: La Biennale di Venezia-12th International Architecture Exhibition

The 12th International Architecture Exhibition, themed People Meet in Architecture, will be directed by Kazuyo Sejima, of the 2010 Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA, and organized by La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition will be held from August 29th to November 21st, 2010, at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, as well as other locations in Venice, Italy.

Seijima, the first woman to direct the exhibition, says, "This show will be a chance to experience the manifold possibilities of architecture." Forty-eight participants from around the world will display their work in the Giardini in individual spaces, so that "the atmosphere of the exhibition will be achieved through multiple points of view." In addition, the Biennale will host Architecture Saturdays, a series of conversations with architects and critics, and Universities Meet in Architecture, where students can visit the exhibitions for credit.


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AIA Convention 2010

Highlights and Lowlights ...

The AIA convention in Miami finished on June 12th and was mostly memorable for the 90+ degree heat and 75% humidity. There was a good crowd and, as always, many old friends in attendance but it had nothing like the energy of the good old build-fests of San Diego and Chicago. Exhibit booths this year seemed to be dominated by software and products appropriate for institutional and public work. I always salivate over the elegant Italian pavilion featuring the world's prettiest ceramic tile and the best free chocolate. Retro highlights of the residential lines were a fantastic Zoom-Room hide-a-bed display with an automated bed retractor and a cool new line of appliances by Electrolux, a solid name from the past. Lowlights included the huckster pitching smoothie blenders. Yeeeks.

Educational sessions featured green design and government projects, which are old hat in California but I suspect there are states where government work is the only game in town. The press room was truly deluxe, and I appreciated the hospitality between my long stints of walking and sitting. Surprise sighting on the exhibit floor was Michael Graves in his wheelchair with a lovely child on his lap. I was very glad to see him out and about after taking such a low profile for the last several years. The convention, and the AIA in general, would benefit from more notables showing up in support and reminding us of the large and creative tent we all live under.

Keynote speaker Daniel Pink received very high marks from all who attended his presentation, "Building Design for the New Decade: The Role of Right-Brain Thinking in a Modern Economy." We must all rush out to purchase his book, A Whole New Mind.

I ran into Gwynne Pugh mid-party on Lincoln Road. He was sporting a very large smile after his firm Pugh+Scarpa was given the AIA 2010 Firm Award. Much deserved, guys.

Next year New Orleans! Pray for good weather and a clean coastline.



Click image to visit Hennessey + Ingalls BookstoreGreen Dream discusses what green design means for architecture

Professor Winy Maas, principal of Netherlands-based MVRDV and director of The Why Factory think-tank at Delft University of Technology, asserts that green projects are still failing to achieve their potential. Green Dream makes a series of disconcerting observations on the state of sustainability, theory and practice. One of the 22 critical points that the book makes is the tendency to focus on 'small green deeds,'  interventions that are too small and disconnected to have much of an impact. Professor Mass concludes that green is ultimately about performance. He proposes a calculator, which can measure how green cities are, to make efforts in the field of sustainability more effective.

Barcelona under a roof of urban farming, illustrating the impossibilty of the concept