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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Event: ULI Los Angeles Urban Marketplace

ULI Los Angeles presents its 12th annual Urban Marketplace, bringing together real estate industry professionals to learn best practices and solidify relationships. A must attend event for those involved with or interested in urban development and redevelopment projects throughout and around Los Angeles County, Urban Marketplace convenes the leaders, planners and deal makers who contribute to the vitality of our urban fabric. The format includes a panel presentation, 20+ topical roundtable discussions, and an exhibitor marketplace.

Wednesday, March 7, 2011
7:30 am to 12:30 pm
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

For more information, visit the ULI Los Angeles event website.



Book: Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee

New South Books has released a new book on the nation’s first professionally trained African-American architect, Robert Taylor (Taylor was also the first African-American graduate of MIT). Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee was researched and written by architectural historian Ellen Weiss, professor emerita at Tulane University’s School of Architecture and Planning. The book connects Taylor’s personal life with a prominent product of his ground breaking career—the campus of Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama. The book also considers the state of architectural education for African Americans at the turn of the 20th century and the white donors who funded Tuskegee’s buildings, other Tuskegee architects, and Taylor’s buildings elsewhere.


Product: The Proust Chair by Alesandro Mendini

The influential Italian designer Alessandro Mendini has produced a re-edition of a classic from contemporary Italian design originally produced by Studio Alchimia in 1978. The chair is structured by a hand-carved and hand-painted wooden frame and upholstered with rotational-moulded polyethylene, so it works for an outdoor setting. The Proust is available in a full range of monochrome palettes and a bright multi-colored fabric. The chair is manufactured by Cappellini and available through Magis.


FORM Issue Event

Join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and lively stories at our next FORM issue at the Poltrona Frau & Cappellini Showroom. FORM Publisher Ann Gray will sit down with Paul Matt of MATT Construction to tell the best stories of a career working with the likes of Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei, and Louis Kahn.

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

Thursday, February, 9, 2012, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
8950 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048


Project: Jean Nouvel’s Les Grandes Tables

The Les Grandes Tables restaurant, by Architect Jean Nouvel, makes innovative use of a salvaged shipping container (the former property of automaker Renault) by elevating the container and surrounding it with a clear case. The result is a simple but beautiful exposure of the innards of the building, similar to the effect of an x-ray. The structure’s clear exterior and a retractable roof allow natural ventilation and light while seamlessly interacting with the adjacent garden and greenhouse. Architectural lighting, illuminated at night around the building’s edges, centers the building as a beacon of design for the surrounding neighborhood, and the ramp approaching the dining space evokes the Promenade Plantée in Paris or the High Line in New York City. The restaurant is the first phase of Nouvel’s ambitious plan to revitalize the neglected Seguin Island neighborhood in Western Paris to become the city’s newest cultural and tourist destination (the completion of Nouvel’s vision for the neighborhood is expected in 2013). The restaurant is currently serving large meetings and weddings, employing famous French Chef Arnaud Daguin, who serves locally sourced regional cuisine.

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