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.

10th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition

July 9–13, 2014
In Toronto the prestigious International Academy for Design and Health's 10th World Congress takes place bringing global leaders in architecture, design, and urban planning together to share best practices, learning and research on the global application of salutogenic perspectives on improving human health, wellbeing and quality of life through design and architecture. This five-day Congress includes, a three day conference, awards ceremony, product exhibition, networking events, a full day of site visits plus a pre-congress symposium on Healthy Cities 2030, presented in partnership with the Canadian Urban Institute.

Marmol Radziner Reception & Jewelry Trunk Show at Heath Ceramics
July 10, 2014
The event kicks off with a slideshow and talk by Marmol Radziner Design Principal Ron Radziner, FAIA, presenting his firm’s range of work encompassing architecture, landscape, furniture, and jewelry design. The presentation will be followed by an introduction to Marmol Radziner Jewelry Chief Designer Robin Cottle. A jewelry trunk show follows the presentation, which will feature new additions to the namesake collection, Marmol Radziner Jewelry.

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: July 7
Proposal for a City-wide Lighting Framework Plan (LFP)
City of Chicago

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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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.”