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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Event: California Design Now: Temporary Insanity: The New Built Environment

Ball-Nogues Design Studio, Table Cloth, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Photograph by Scott MayoralCoinciding with the current exhibition California Design, 1930—1965: "Living in a Modern Way," the Decorative Arts and Design Council hosts California Design Now at the LACMA, featuring several Los Angeles designers and architects discussing the impact and lasting legacy of California's modern design heritage on their current work. Frances Anderton, host of DnA: Design and Architecture on 89.9 KCRW and Los Angeles editor of Dwell magazine, moderates the panel, with a distinguished list of panelists: Benjamin Ball, Ball-Nogues Studio; Jenna Didier, Materials & Applications; and Jenny Wu, Olyer Wu Collaborative. The event will be held in the Brown Auditorium at the LACMA. $20 general admission; $15 LACMA members; free for DADC members and students with ID. For tickets, call: 323-857-6528 or email


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.


Pacific Standard Time

Over sixty cultural organizations across Southern California are teaming up in Pacific Standard Time to celebrate the emergence of the Los Angeles art scene and explore the role it has played in shaping the arts. Starting October, exhibitions and events will be held over the course of six months to recognize the major art movements in L.A. from 1945 to 1980. Among the topics addressed will be developments in post-minimalism, modernist architecture, Japanese American design, and more. Participating institutions include the Getty Museum, LACMA, UCLA and more than half a dozen university museums and programs, all of which will play a part in presenting the history of Southern California’s artistic trends.


Lautner (1911-1994) Turns 100 Series

In honor of what would have been architect John Lautner's 100th birthday on July 16, 2011, The John Lautner Foundation and media sponsor FORM Magazine are presenting the John Lautner Turns 100 series from July 16-November 13, 2011. The series will reflect on and celebrate Lautner’s architectural ouvre while raising awareness about the continued preservation of each of his works. The events making up the series include exhibitions, film screenings, home tours, symposia, receptions and more.

John Lautner gained prominence studying under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. He is known for his respect for and celebration of the natural landscape surrounding each site, and his works, often dramatic and scenic, have been the setting for numerous films and features. Lautner was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1970, and was honored with a Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in 1993 by AIA Los Angeles.

Events throughout the series will include a display at LACMA, a home tour of some of Lautner's most famous works, including the Schwimmer House and Jacobsen House, a gala at the Harpel House and more. For a full schedule of the events see the list on the John Lautner Foundation's events page.

The John Lautner Turns 100 series partners include FORM Magazine, the American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles Chapter, Getty Research Institute, LACMA, Los Angeles Conservancy, MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, The American Cinematheque, and the Society of Architectural Historians


Grand Opening of LACMA's Resnick Pavilion - October 2

n September of 2008, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced that the Los Angeles-based philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick would donate $55-million dollars toward LACMA's Transformation, a renovation and expansion project. On October 2, the new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will open to the public with three new exhibits, Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection and Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.

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