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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Chet Widom Hired as CA State Architect

The state of California recently announced the hire of Chet Widom as the new State Architect. Widom, who served as president of the American Institute of Architects in 1995, was a partner at Widom Wein Cohen O'Leary Terasawa from 1964 to 2008. In his new position, Widom will oversee design and construction of schools, colleges and other state owned facilities, as well developing statewide building standards and codes for private buildings.


BOOK: No Nails, No Lumber: The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff

Architect Wallace Neff developed Airform construction as a solution to the global housing crisis in 1941—imagine a house constructed in less than forty-eight hours, without using lumber or nails, that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. These dome-shaped "bubble houses" were made of reinforced concrete and cast in position over an inflatable balloon. No Nails, No Lumber (DECEMBER 15), by author Jeffrey Head, shows the beauty and versatility of Neff 's design through new and vintage photography, previously unpublished illustrations, archival material, and ephemera. Published by Princeton Architecural Press. 176 pages / 100 color ill +100 b/w; Hardcover / $24.95.


PRODUCT: Cabinet by Patrick Naggar for Ralph Pucci 

Furniture design gallery Ralph Pucci International is offering the SCARAB Cabinet by Patrick Naggar for Ralph Pucci--an original piece serving as a bar, media cabinet, or simply a precious cabinet. The surface of the SCARAB Cabinet’s doors display a striated relief with a gilded bronze finish, and the of the beetle shaped piece changes from green to gold to deep blue depending on the position of the viewer.  The body of the cabinet is lacquered wood, with an interior of gold powder mixed with lacquer.  The SCARAB by Patrick Naggar is available exclusively through Ralph Pucci, (price upon request).

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Spaceport America

The Foster + Partners and URS team has won an international competition to build The New Mexico Spaceport Authority Building, the first private spaceport in the world. Located in New Mexico, the sleek and winding building can be seen from the El Camino Real trail in all its alluring and dramatic glory, meant to communicate the nature of space travel itself. 


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Irish Architecture Now


LACMA and AIA|LA will be presenting “Irish Architecture Now” at LACMA’s Bing Theater on November 8 as a part of the International Architecture Lecture Series. Top Irish architects Yvonne Farrell—co-founder of Grafton Architects—, Sheila O’Donnell of O’Donnell + Tuomey and Tom dePaor—director of dePaor architects—will be present to address the state of Irish Architecture in modern Ireland. “Irish Architecture Now” is Ireland’s first ever architectural showcase in the U.S. and is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America.