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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EVENT: Greenbuild 2012

Coming to San Francisco from November 14-16, Greenbuild 2012 is “the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.” The event brings together industry leaders and experts dedicated to sustainable building and features three days of speakers, networking, industry showcases, LEED workshops, and tours of San Francisco’s green buildings. FORM is particularly excited to see urban artist/interventionist Candy Chang on the list of invited speakers. Registration, available in a variety of packages and prices, is now open for the event.


BOOK: The Shape of Green

Can a set of principles be adopted for an aesthetics of sustainable design? In the The Shape of Green, Lance Hosey, architect and former director of William McDonough + Partners, argues that to be truly sustainable, design must be beautiful: Not only is beauty often more streamlined, it also inspires people to love their surroundings. If you are curious, preview a chapter of the book, published this month by Island Press, by reading an online excerpt of the chapter “Aesthetic Imperatives.”


A+D Museum Presents RETHINK LA

The Architecture and Design Museum will be hosting the Rethink LA Exhibit August 4 through September 4 to discuss the future of Los Angeles. Presentations will address current environmental issues while considering future options, goals and the role of sustainability in urban planning.

The event will focus on how to go about reworking Los Angeles and what steps can be taken to make for a brighter tomorrow. The exhibit will explore possible changes to the city as it calls upon individuals to reflect on what the future will look like, how we will get there, and whether or not a sustainable approach will be taken in developments.

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BOOK: Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability, and the Modern Movement 

Carl Stein's New Book, Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability, and the Modern Movement, raises discussion about the connection between sustainable practices and modern architecture. Through addressing the environmental impacts of building decisions, the author argues the inherent sustainability in Modernist design. Focusing upon the importance of preserving and reusing historical buildings as a key sustainability strategy, Greening Modernism serves as a resource for architects, engineers, urban planners, as well as environmentalists. To support his case, Stein provides quantitative data to support the reintegration of modernist strategies, through reducing our dependency on finite resources, such as petroleum. The book rings clear with the sentiment that through understanding the environmental importance of their decisions, architects can continue their practice while doing their part to save the planet. 


FLOR's New Santa Monica Showroom Offers Up-Close Look at New Fall Collection

Mag-Neat-O from the FLOR 2010 Fall CollectionFLOR is excited to announce its new Santa Monica store, located near the 3rd Street Promenade, which will offer an engaging space to explore the myriad colors, textures, and styles of its carpet squares. Through working with one of the FLOR design consultants, shoppers will be able to create a unique and customized look for their flooring needs.

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