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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COLLECTION: Cactus Chair

Architect Deger Cengiz explores the effect of visual data on the user’s experience with his living Cactus Chair. The limited-edition prickly design features a green-tinted glass seat hovering precariously above a Barrel Cactus planted in river stones and dirt.

“The existence of the cactus gives a temporary discomfort,” explains Cengiz. "Even though the user knows that the cactus behind the glass is not a real threat."

The Cactus Chair was presented by Voos Furniture during New York Design Week 2010.


EVENT: California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction - July 18-November 1

Ellen Keith and Indhira Rojas, Where Does It Go?The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is proud to present the fourth California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction, an exhibition that highlights the most significant and innovative designs being created in California. Great works of art are often inspired by challenges and adversity; this exhibition will focus on how California’s established and emerging designers are responding to current economic, political and environmental challenges. In a departure from past California Design Biennials, this exhibition will not feature a juried competition but will instead have a separate curator for each design category: industrial design, fashion, graphic, transportation and architecture. This is the first year that architecture is being included as a category.

Organized and presented by the PMCA since 2003, the California Design Biennial showcases new directions in design, as well as exploring how design impacts and inspires our culture. While the exhibition focuses on work created in the past two years, it builds upon the unique history of California design for the past 100 years.


FORM Event: August 5th - International Issue - Expo 2010 National Pavilions Presentation

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Palecek Showroom at L.A. Mart Design Center
Suite 1048
1933 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA - Downtown, 90007
Free Parking Available

Expo 2010 National Pavilions
Professor/Filmmaker Mina Chow, AIA, NCARB, USC US-China Institute
Join us as Professor/Filmmaker Mina Chow shares her unique experiences and images from one of the most important architecture events in the world. Having just returned from Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Professor Chow will share her architectural discoveries about the national pavilions. She will discuss her current documentary project on emblem architecture filmed at Expo 2010. Members of her film crew will also participate in the discussion.

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Head of the Class

Los Angeles Trade Technical College graduates with honors

Image: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Designed by MDA Johnson Favaro Architecture, South Campus is the first project to be completed within the the Los Angeles Trade Technical College's campus master plan. The reestablishment of the 80-year-old urban college is a result of the Los Angeles Community College District's voter approved bond funding in 2001. Located on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, South Campus consists of two 5-story buildings totaling over 120,000 SF and nearly $80 million in construction costs.

As one of several higher education projects by the firm, Johnson Favaro's approach is a fundamental component of LACCD's transformation. Principal Steve Johnson states, "Buildings of simple form but enduring substance are the norm and have served well for a long time to impart purpose and dignity to the endeavor of higher education. Community colleges, long neglected and for too long often seen as "13th grade," deserve the same quality environment that we experience at a 4-year college. It is arrogant to assume we can best the tradition with our experiments. It is a challenge to simply do as well."

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EVENT TONIGHT: LA Trade-Tech Building Tour and Panel Discussion 

6:30-9 PM tonight, June 3rd, Thursday

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LA Trade-Tech South Campus - TE Building
S. Grand Ave & W 22nd St.(approximate)
Los Angeles, 90007

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