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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AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 

Deadline: December 31
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FORM Issue Event: Kick Off the LA Design Festival at Snaidero USA

Fans of the uniquely functional elegance of Snaidero USA's designs don't want to miss the June FORM Issue Event. Snaidero USA will open its doors to showcase the best of Italian Design, with products from the likes of Calligaris, Alessi, and Caesarstone. The event will kick off the LA Design Festival, and space is limited, so RSVP to or 818.956.5313. Include name, title, company, phone, and email.


AUCTION: Fallingwater Blueprint and Frank Lloyd Wright Letter

Collectors and Frank Lloyd Wright aficionados brace yourself: a Frank Lloyd Wright letter and original blueprint from Fallingwater will be up at auction in June, from New Hampshire-based RR Auction. “These two documents…stand among the most important records of American architectural history,” says Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction, in a written statement.

The two-paged typed letter, postmarked from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is dated August 29, 1936. In the letter, Wright expresses his frustration about the project: “I am willing to quit if I must but unwilling to go with my eyes open into the failure of my work— I have not built one hundred and ninety of the world’s important buildings without knowing the look of the thing when it turns up on the job.” Apparently Frank Llyod Wright also wasn’t shy about expressing the significance of his contributions to architecture. 

But perhaps even better, also up for auction is an original 36 x 21 blueprint for Wright’s Fallingwater, titled “Guest Wing ‘Fallingwater’ Frank Lloyd Wright Architect.” The blueprint includes the caption: “showing distance from back wall at bridge to back wall of guest wing Scale ¼" = 1' – 0.” The reverse side of the blueprint also bears a pencil sketch, seemingly a portion of the upper right drawing on the blueprint. 

The auction runs through 7 pm Easter Time on June 20.

PRODUCT: MY CITY MY RIVER by Mia Lehrer + Associates

Rivers have always been the lifeblood of cities—a fact celebrated by a very cool new succession of bracelets now available for sale by LA-based landscape architecture firm Mia Lehrer + Associates. The MY CITY MY RIVER bracelets, created for the A+D Museum’s Celebrate the Wearable Exhibition explores the topographical nature of the Los Angeles River by presenting 70 sections cut through the heart of Downtown LA. The bracelets can be worn individually or in groups as a statement for protecting and loving our river. Each bracelet is made of laser cut aircraft plywood with brass inserts available on demand. 

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EVENT: AIA|LA 2012 Design Conference

Running concurrently with Dwell on Design at the Los Angeles Convention Center, AIA|LA is hosting the 2012 Design Conference on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. The 2012 Design Conference will showcase design performance—exploring how leading design professionals are evolving the scope of professional practice to enhance social, cultural, and economic value. To see the complete schedule of panels and speakers and to register to attend, please visit the AIA|LA website


BOOK: The Shape of Green

Can a set of principles be adopted for an aesthetics of sustainable design? In the The Shape of Green, Lance Hosey, architect and former director of William McDonough + Partners, argues that to be truly sustainable, design must be beautiful: Not only is beauty often more streamlined, it also inspires people to love their surroundings. If you are curious, preview a chapter of the book, published this month by Island Press, by reading an online excerpt of the chapter “Aesthetic Imperatives.”