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. 



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Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition

Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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Project: Cuningham Group’s Deep Space Auditorium

Images courtesy of the Cuningham GroupAn underground shelter never looked so futuristic. The Cuningham Group recently released designs for Deep Space Auditorium—a 600,000-square-foot underground auditorium built for Epic Systems as the latest addition to the healthcare record company’s location in Verona, Wisconsin. The building will include a 6-acre green roof that, combined with the 14,300-seat underground auditorium space, will provide the least possible visual impact on fair Verona.

A key component of the auditorium’s exploration of cavernous underground space is the single transfer truss that supports the structure without the use of columns, expanding the scale of the space by allowing for clean sightlines throughout the auditorium. The underground space has several environmental benefits, according to John Cuningham, founder of Cuningham Group architecture and designer of the Deep Space Auditorium, “The below-grade setting perfectly suits the Deep Space Auditorium’s sustainable goals: Energy use is streamlined through its deep insulation and ground-source geothermal heat pumps.”

The achievement is unprecedented, as Cuningham explains: “The Deep Space Auditorium will be the world’s largest sustainably designed theater that is also predominantly underground,” adding that the space will provide “a dramatic experience for the user and a true technological achievement.”

You won’t have to wait long to see the results. The project is expected to be complete by Fall of 2013.


Book: Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design

Handmade Houses connects the historical beginnings of the subject to the salvage and reclaimed architectural styles of the present day. From Sardinia to Big Sur, author Richard Olsen details the wine barrels, driftwood, and boulders that make up some of the world’s most idiosyncratic houses—some built by professionals, and some by amateurs. Handmade House is for anyone interested in environmentally friendly design, craft, and the expression of personal style in the home. The book, from publisher Rizzoli New York, will be available March 20, 2012.



The first lamps from IKEA to generate power from solar and wind energy, the SOLVINDEN lamp series makes a playful addition to any outdoor setting. The white LED light can shine for 4 to 12 hours a night for long lasting entertainment value. The design for these lamps was inspired by amusement parks lighting fixtures, and IKEA has provided several designs for unique placement around unique places.


Education: Master of Interior Architecture at UCLA Extension

What is interior architecture?

The discipline of interior architecture is rooted in the idea that the creation of interior space is intrinsically allied to architectural thinking. Interior architecture emphasizes spatial design over stylistic affinities and explores how architectural space can be artfully and practically enhanced for human use.

The Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) professional degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The MIA program’s primary goal is to give individuals with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) the opportunity to pursue a rigorous program of part-time study that prepares them for the field of interior design with the highest standards of professional practice. The program is particularly inviting for career-change students seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an interior design professional.

There is no one best formula for producing great design. Interior architecture offers an open framework for individuals interested in both interior design and architecture to explore critical issues that draw on the knowledge bases of both disciplines. Designers need to be exacting, rigorous, analytical, and innovative, as well as flexible, intuitive, collaborative, and playful. Ultimately, they should be committed to improving the quality of life; increasing the productivity; and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Start your design career with UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design Programs.


Project: Atlantic City Master Plan by The Jerde Partnership and Jones Lang LaSalle*

Images courtesy of the Jerde Partnership*Update 2/14/12: Some of the images fromt his story have been  updated. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) recently approved The Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan, a set of ideas and strategies to rejuvenate the city and increase tourism by creating a world-class resort destination. The Master Plan was developed by real estate services consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle and Los Angeles-based architecture and design firm The Jerde Partnership

Totaling approximately 1,700 acres, the Tourism District encompasses some of the city’s most valuable land, including the beach, Boardwalk, casinos, and retail areas such as The Walk, Marina District, and Gardner’s Basin. Among the pedestrian improvements included in the plan is an expansion of the successful “Walk” to connect the Central Business District to Pacific Avenue and the Boardwalk. The plan also calls for improvements to lateral streets, such as Michigan, Missouri, and Mississippi, which connect Atlantic and Pacific Avenues to the Boardwalk. Those improvements will include a combination of upgrades to the casino facades, improved lighting, and restrictions on delivery and waste collection times. 

“Reinforcing the street life and pedestrian circulation of Atlantic City, particularly between the main tourist streets and around the casino core, is one of the key goals of the master plan strategy and is critical to enhancing the overall visitor experience,” says Rick Poulos, AIA, Jerde partner and executive vice president.  “A more vibrant, accessible and safe street life will foster a stronger sense of place in Atlantic City and create experiences for visitors and residents not found in any beachfront resort city in the world.”

The master plan was mandated by a state law in February last year that gave CRDA control of the development of the Atlantic City Tourism District and required the agency to put together a strategic development plan by February 1, 2012.


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