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November 13, 2015
The Lasting Legacy of Charles and Ray Eames Currently the subject of a major retrospective at London’s Barbican Center, the husband-and-wife team helped democratize design, which they saw as an avenue to solve problems rather than a luxury. The exhibition includes numerous versions of the classic leather lounge chair (which Herman Miller now sells for $5,000, countering the Eames model of producing low-cost furniture for the masses) for which they are best known. The influence of that chair can still be seen today in offices and airports around the world, as well as the furniture sold at Target or Ikea. Even Apple’s chief designer Jonathan Ive has named the Eames as an influence for their blend of form and function. [The Atlantic]
Pacific Northwest Winners This year, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia's program honors 10 projects in four categories of its 2015 Architectural Awards, and one firm led by a local architect. [ARCHITECT]
Mobile Opera In the parking lot of SCI-Arc, an 80-foot-wide donut-like structure with a cylindrical opening to the sky, serves as the temporary structure is a viewing pavilion for Hopscotch, a "mobile opera" set in 24 limousines driving around L.A. Though the ticketed audience is riding around with the singers and musicians inside the limos, the viewing pavilion is an auxiliary space where non-ticketed audience members can experience the spectacle. [ARCHITECT]
Q+A Atelier Ten’s Claire Maxfield discusses advances in sustainable design and the evolving relationship between architects and engineers. [ARCHITECT]
Times Square for Valentine's Day For the past eight years, Times Square Arts has put out an open call for architecture and design firms to submit proposals for a romantic public art installation. Curated by New York’s Center for Architecture, the piece is placed at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets. This year, the organization selected Collective-LOK to design the installation. [ARCHITECT]
Drawing Importance Norman Kelley, a firm comprised of Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley are using their exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial to highlight the importance of drawing to architecture. [ARCHITECT]
Awards: Enter Now!
Enter the 2016 AIA Housing Awards, a program that has grown over the last decade to include consideration of energy usage. The main goal, always and most importantly, is the importance of good housing. The award program's categories are one- and two-family custom residences, one- and two-family production homes, multifamily housing, and specialized housing. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Nov. 20.
The Graham Foundation's Carter Manny Award recognizes doctoral students working on dissertation topics in architecture. Applications are available online now and due Nov. 15.
The Urban Land Institute is now accepting applications to compete in its student competition to design an urban planning and development scenario. Teams must apply by Dec. 7.
Bathroom products manufacturer Victoria + Albert is challenging designers to create a space that uses its products. Entry is free and submissions are due Dec. 20.
AIA|DC is accepting entries for the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism to reward excellent reporting of architecture and urbanism in Washington, D.C. The annual prize is $5,000. Deadline is Dec. 31.
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