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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Call for Entries (Student Awards) 

Deadline: May 18
Imagine Hillandale
Imagine Hillandale

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Going for Gold

Rio de Janeiro aims for first place in sustainable urban development

After executing the United Nation's Earth Summit in 1992, Rio de Janeiro will once again aspire to set precedence in 2016, by hosting the first zero-carbon footprint Olympic Games. Solar City Tower is the first project to be considered as contender for the official architectural structure of the Olympic Games, due to begin construction this year. Swiss architect Rafael Schmidt of RAFAA chose to reconsider the classic concept of a landmark form and instead, he designed a solution for the imminent post-oil era.

Located on Cotunduba Island, the structure will stand 105 meters tall. Solar-powered engines will pump seawater into the top of the tower during the day, then release the water and spin turbines to generate hydro-electricity at night. Plans are intended for the city and Olympic village to utilize the produced energy. Solar City Tower will be accessible to the public through a plaza located at 60 meters above sea level, featuring an amphitheater and its main entrance on the ground floor. Several on-site visitor attractions will showcase the iconic view, including bungee jumping and a glass sky walk.  



Repurposed TV's live to become tile

The leading Italian tile manufacturer Supergres, has launched A.I.R. (Architecture in Respect), a new collection that exudes style and eco-sustainability. The tiles are constructed with 20% post-consumer recycled material in the porcelain stoneware mix, containing glass from cathode ray tubes. The innovative formula is derived from recycled CRT of obsolete television and computer monitors that are currently stockpiled at landfill sights. The gleam of CRT glass maintains the brightness and aesthetic appeal of a traditional high-quality ceramic tile. A.I.R. is Ecolabel certified and qualifies for LEED rating.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: Architizer Design Clinic teams up with Dwell on Design

The Architizer Design Clinic offers free architectural consulting services to visitors who are seeking design/build advice, a high-profile forum where architects can flex their design muscles while meeting potential clients. From now until the start of Dwell on Design on June 25th, Architizer is hosting a contest on its website matching architects with those potential clients. Architects upload their portfolios to for editorial review while home owners and aspiring renovators submit their dream projects to Architects and clients are then paired for a half-hour appointment to hash out a proposal during the three-day event.


Dublin Rolls Out Red Carpet

Grand Canal Square presents a dramatic entrance

The opening of Daniel Libeskind’s Grand Canal Theatre this month in Dublin marks Grand Canal Square as the center of the city’s new arts and entertainment district. In its mission to give the long-neglected waterfront back to the city’s people, Dublin Docklands Development Authority commissioned Massachusetts and London-based landscape architects and urban design firm, Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP), to revitalize the 2 ½ acre former industrial site into a public urban space. “Our objective in the Grand Canal Square scheme was to create a vibrant, energetic space that would flow naturally into the dynamic and expressive volume of Libeskind’s theater,” said Martha Schwartz, President of MSP.

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A Return on Design

New website dedicated to architecture’s role in achieving business goals

In response to the increasing demands placed on architects and designers and their function in today’s market, BLT Architects has launched The firm developed the website with the theory that every dollar spent on architectural design should ultimately lead to measurable success. serves as a platform for all who are interested in the conversation of how architecture and design can and should contribute to the effectiveness of a project, the value of the society in which it is found, the benefit of the stakeholders, and the evolution of the global design community. The website features interactive discussion pages including Rate the Return, Return on Design Hall of Fame, and Return on Design Architect Matcher.