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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FORM Issue Event: Vertically Inclined

Join FORM for hors d’oeurvs, wine, and tall tales of luxury in the world’s high rise environments. Scott Johnson, FAIA, Michael Palladino, FAIA, and a panel of experts will detail the designs, finishes, gadgets, and concierge that define luxury in the high rises of New York, LA, Europe, and Asia.

Please RSVP to or 818.956.5313. Include name, title, phone, and email.

Thursday, April 26, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
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619 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401


PROJECT: Woods Bagot To Design China Southern Airport City

Image courtesy of Woods BagotWoods Bagot was recently announced as the winner of a design competition for China Southern Airport City, a 41-million square-foot mixed-use development in Guangzhou, China. By positioning two wing-shaped parcels around a major highway, the Woods Bagot offices of London, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Beijing designed the winning proposal as a “legible identity” for arriving and departing planes. According to Richard Sherwood, Joint CEO/Director of Urban Design at Woods Bagot, Airport City is “China Southern Airlines’ vision for a new district that embodies its global leadership and supports ongoing innovation afforded an opportunity to really advance our thinking about the connections between economy, ecology, and culture.”

Airport City organizes its neighborhoods into three precincts. Business, cultural, and entertainment uses, as well as Southern Airlines University, make up the central precinct. The central district, intended as the heart of the city, includes executive complex including offices, a five-star hotel, and a VIP club located along the Liuxi River. Manufacturing, operations, and research uses form a second precinct to the northwest. Residential and “lifestyle neighborhoods” are found in a third precinct along the riverfront.
Woods Bagot teamed with Hargreaves Associates and Sherwood Design Engineers to develop the landscape architecture and ecological concept. Woods Bagot beat out a list of finalists that included Zaha Hadid and Paul Andreu.

Image courtesy of Woods Bagot


COMPETITION: Johnston Marklee Among Finalists for Menil Drawing Institute Contract

Image courtesy of the Menil CollectionA selection committee for the Menil Collection in Houston has announced the finalists in a competition to design a new 18,000 square foot building that will eventually house the Menil Drawing Institute. The list of finalists includes David Chipperfield, Tattiana Bilbao, Sanaa, and Johnston Marklee.

Two of the Menil Collection’s buildings, including the 13,000 square-foot Cy Twombly Gallery, were famously designed by Renzo Piano. Menil does not, however, currently have the space to display the more than 1,200 works on paper by the likes of Rembrandt, Delacroix, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Lee Krasner, Jasper Johns, and Richard Serra, currently in its collection.

The opportunity to design a building to supplement Piano’s first two U.S. commissions, and be included alongside such heavyweights as Chipperfield and SANAA, comes as a major win for LA-based firm Johnston Marklee. The firm’s current projects include a new studio campus for the UCLA Graduate Art Program in Culver City; DEPART Foundation’s Grand Traiano Art Complex in Grottaferrata, Italy; Poggio Golo winery in Montepulciano, Italy; Vault House, a private beachside residence in Oxnard; and Chile House/META, a community arts center in Penco, Chile.

According to Houston Culture Map, the final site for the MDI is yet to be determined and the selection committee allowed finalists free reign to develop “larger architectural concepts rather than specific designs.” Sarah Whitting, committee member and dean of Rice University's architecture school, tells HCM that teams have only programming, dimensions, and budget: "The parameters are quite broad so as not to impede the possibilities of these four firms' projected visions."


BOOK: Ando: Complete Works 1975 - 2012

Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan. Image by Mitsuo Matsuoka.Design publisher Taschen will release Ando: Complete Works 1975 - 2012. The book is by Phillip Jodidio, who also authored the previous collection, which documented Ando’s work through 2010. The new book will be available through Taschen Press in May 2012, although Ando was at Cal Poly Pomona to sign limited edition advance copies at the end of March. Philippe Starck describes Ando as a "mystic in a country which is no longer mystic," and Philip Drew calls his buildings "land art" that "struggle to emerge from the earth." Ando is the only architect to have won the field’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize.


PRODUCT: Yellow Light, Pink Light, White Light from Established & Sons

Image courtesy of Established & SonsSuper Orange is now selling the Yellow Light, Pink Light, White Light from Established & Sons. The line represents designer Scholten & Baijing’s colorful take on working and reading lights—using a color gradient that creates a special effect that makes the lights appear ‘on’ when they are in fact ‘off.’ Yellow Light, Pink Light, White Light is now in stock in North America.