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.



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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