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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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.