Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research

19:04 - 1 April, 2016
Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research, Harvard GSD. Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research.
Harvard GSD. Platform 8: An Index of Design & Research.

Platform 8 catalogs a curated selection of work generated in the past year at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Alongside final products of design education, Platform 8 places particular emphasis on collecting and documenting the people and artifacts that shape research-driven design practices. Here, design is presented both as process and as a final product. Indexical structure, punctuated with a collection of portraits, presents a comprehensive picture of the school. Platform 8 shows the intention, direction, and passion seen and experienced every day at the GSD.

The WOOD WORKS Exhibition in Moscow. Modern furniture. Handmade.

18:59 - 1 April, 2016
The WOOD WORKS Exhibition in Moscow. Modern furniture. Handmade. , WOOD WORKS Exhibition provides an exclusive chance to see, touch and evaluate the work of dozens of local artisans.
WOOD WORKS Exhibition provides an exclusive chance to see, touch and evaluate the work of dozens of local artisans.

The first in a series of exhibitions devoted to modern, local Russian wood craftsmanship — WOOD WORKS — will bring together workshops, designers and artisans at the Moscow design cluster ARTPLAY on April 1-3, 2016. The central themes of WOOD WORKS are wood, functionality, design, sustainability, uniqueness and local production. The fair will also feature cultural, educational and musical programs, as well as a craft market and a cafe.

Art and Placemaking in Communities of Color

18:54 - 1 April, 2016
Art and Placemaking in Communities of Color, Image: R. Kennedy.
Image: R. Kennedy.

Join the Mattapan Cultural Arts Development (MCAD), Powerful Pathways Consulting, and the BSA Foundation for an interactive community conversation on arts, design, and placemaking. Through presentations, breakout discussions, and a mini-charrette, attendees will explore how design thinking can be applied in making inclusive communities and demonstrate how one of MCAD’s current projects engages the neighborhood in creative civic activity and advocacy.

This is a program of the Mattapan Cultural Arts Development, Powerful Pathways Consulting, and the BSA Foundation, and part of Boston Design Week 2016.

Construct the Future

18:53 - 1 April, 2016
Construct the Future, Image credit: Will Hurt who will be exhibiting
Image credit: Will Hurt who will be exhibiting

Construct the Future asks how we can apply new perspectives and transform existing structures to provide living alternatives. The exhibition will be across three days in Shoreditch and is hosted by new affordable housing company Native.

Open to the public from the 8th-10th April 2016, Construct the Future will bring together interdisciplinary practitioners from around the world, including established and emerging artists and architects who have something to contribute to the ongoing discourse around alternative living. Exhibited work includes: a wearable refugee shelter; a sustainable living tower inhabited with edible plants and fish; a digitised 3D model that envisions new spatial possibilities; an interactive musical installation for the London Underground; as well as zines, poems, essays, films and illustrations. 

Teen Architecture Workshop

18:42 - 1 April, 2016
Teen Architecture Workshop, Image: Rendering courtesy of Add Inc/Stantec, modified.
Image: Rendering courtesy of Add Inc/Stantec, modified.

Explore architecture and interior design through a three-day hands-on design workshop in which you will create your own micro-housing unit—the new trend in innovative housing.

In this Learning By Design workshop you will have the opportunity to work with professional architects, tour an architecture firm, design and create a 3D model, and present your work to a panel of professionals. This workshop is for teenagers aged 13 to 16; no experience is necessary, but register now, as space is limited.

Building on the Built

18:39 - 1 April, 2016
Building on the Built, Image above features: Alpheton Recording Studio and Norsehaus, Switzerland
Image above features: Alpheton Recording Studio and Norsehaus, Switzerland

Jonathan Tuckey Design’s work will be exhibited at 6-8 Stable Street, N1 in the heart of London’s King’s Cross redevelopment where the practice is currently designing the interiors of The Gasholders apartments.

The exhibition will look at over a decade of work within the context of opposing approaches to the restoration of buildings as exemplified in the writings and works of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and John Ruskin.

International Competitions Conference

18:32 - 1 April, 2016
International Competitions Conference, Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Beckett University

The Sixth International Conference on Competitions launches, looking at the concept of experimentation within architectural competitions.

The Sixth International Conference on Competitions (ICC) has launched with support from the RIBA and the UIA and will take place at Leeds Beckett University from 27 to 29 October 2016. This year will be the first time that the ICC is to be held in the UK.

BSA Foundation Grant Project Pin-Up: Architecture and Design in Your Neighborhood

18:25 - 1 April, 2016
BSA Foundation Grant Project Pin-Up: Architecture and Design in Your Neighborhood, Image: 2015 KidsBuild!; Photo: Mike Lawrie.
Image: 2015 KidsBuild!; Photo: Mike Lawrie.

The BSA Foundation Grant Project Pin-Up returns this year with a new opportunity to explore some of the projects that the BSA Foundation has brought to life in communities around Greater Boston. The BSA Foundation was created by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA to enhance public awareness of the built environment and the processes that shape it. The BSA Foundation Grant Project Pin-Up will connect BSA members with educators, artists and other BSA Foundation grant recipients to discuss recent successes and future options.

Design Museum Mornings: Playable Cities with Maggie Cooper

18:10 - 1 April, 2016
Design Museum Mornings: Playable Cities with Maggie Cooper, Image: Courtesy of KaBOOM!
Image: Courtesy of KaBOOM!

To celebrate the upcoming Extraordinary Playscapes exhibition in June, BSA Space is teaming up with co-curator Design Museum Boston for an event exploring how to make the urban environment more accessible to play. As part of the ongoing series Design Museum Mornings, this session will feature Maggie Cooper, City Initiatives manager at KaBOOM!, a nonprofit focused on bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children. Join Cooper for a candid conversation as she shares how to bring communities together through initiatives like group playground builds and playability walks, especially for children growing up in poverty. Free

Cambridge Science Festival Family Design Day: Imagine Boston with LEGO® Bricks

18:08 - 1 April, 2016
Cambridge Science Festival Family Design Day: Imagine Boston with LEGO® Bricks, Image: Mike Lawrie.
Image: Mike Lawrie.

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, discover the art and science of architecture and city planning. Find out what Boston might look like in 2030, and imagine new modes of transportation and vibrant places for “live, work, and play”! Explore how architects and urban planners apply notions of sustainability, transportation, housing, parks, and open space in their work, and share your thoughts on how to make the city more beautiful, resilient, and equitable. Lastly, bring your own fantastic ideas to life using LEGO® bricks, and present them to your design buddies.

KidsBuild!

18:06 - 1 April, 2016
KidsBuild!, ​Image: KidsBuild! 2015. Credit: Mike Lawrie.
​Image: KidsBuild! 2015. Credit: Mike Lawrie.

KidsBuild! will be held at BSA Space on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday April 10. Guided by professional architects, families will choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, design and build a building, and be awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors.

DESIGNURU

18:02 - 1 April, 2016
DESIGNURU, Designuru- Let's Celebrate Design
Designuru- Let's Celebrate Design

‘DESIGNURU’ organized by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), Bangalore, will be a combined initiative of citizens of the city in making the public a part of an art and design based initiative. The festival aims to create a dialogue
among the residents of the city through the lens of community and public interest
based works on Design, Art and Architecture.

New Practices New York Winner Presentation: MODU with estudio Herreros

18:00 - 1 April, 2016
New Practices New York Winner Presentation: MODU with estudio Herreros, Cloud Seeding Plaza Pavilion by MODU, Credit: Aviad Bar Ness
Cloud Seeding Plaza Pavilion by MODU, Credit: Aviad Bar Ness

Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, co-directors of MODU, will present their work investigating architecture’s relationship with weather. The work proposes a significant shift in traditional modes of environmental thinking: architecture, as a conceptual and cultural practice, should be informed by and adaptable to weather.

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Deborah Berke, FAIA

17:55 - 1 April, 2016
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Deborah Berke, FAIA, Deborah Berke, FAIA, incoming Dean of the Yale School of Architecture will address the Dallas Architecture Forum on April 13.
Deborah Berke, FAIA, incoming Dean of the Yale School of Architecture will address the Dallas Architecture Forum on April 13.

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region is pleased to continue its 2015-16 Lecture Season with esteemed architect Deborah Berke, FAIA, and founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, a New York City-based architecture and design firm that has completed projects around the world.

The firm specializes in cosmopolitan art-filled hotels for 21c Museum Hotels, buildings related to the arts, residential developments and private homes.

Spotlight: Mario Botta

08:00 - 1 April, 2016
Spotlight: Mario Botta, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte. Image © Joel Lassiter
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte. Image © Joel Lassiter

Working since he was 16, Swiss architect Mario Botta (April 1, 1943) has become a prolific and well known crafter of space, designing a huge array of places of worship, private homes, and museums, perhaps most notably the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, Switzerland. His use of traditional masonry over the streamlined steel and glass of so much modern architecture creates strong, self-confident buildings that pull together the contrast between the weight of his materials and lightness of his designs.

Call for Applications: Dutch Design Summer School

11:15 - 30 March, 2016
Call for Applications: Dutch Design Summer School, Open Set Dutch Design Summer School
Open Set Dutch Design Summer School

Open Set is a two-week thematic program consisting of a series of intensive one or three day workshops, symposiums and film screenings, led by Dutch and international designers, artists and researchers. Our goal is to promote and enhance the social value of design by facilitating debates around the chosen theme from a rich diversity of perspectives, design trends, traditions, and cross-disciplinary cultural practices. The event aims to offer international participants a studio environment where they are inspired to step out of their comfort zone and question the conventional ways of working, experiment with different strategies, techniques, ideas and cross-sector collaborations in order to develop their own practices with confidence.

“Inspire the Future”: Handcraftsmanship and Technology Converge at Calatrava’s Milwaukee Art Museum Extension

07:30 - 30 March, 2016
“Inspire the Future”: Handcraftsmanship and Technology Converge at Calatrava’s Milwaukee Art Museum Extension, © Jason Madara
© Jason Madara

Abc carpet & home has launched its latest campaign, “Inspire the Future,” featuring their exclusive Aura and Samoke silk rug collections. Shot at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the Quadracci Pavilion, a postmodern addition designed by Santiago Calatrava, this season’s campaign evokes a convergence of past, present, and future. 

Spotlight: Hans Hollein

07:00 - 30 March, 2016
Spotlight: Hans Hollein, Büro + Fabriksgebäude, Tainan, Taiwan, 2005-2008. Image © Atelier Adam Chen
Büro + Fabriksgebäude, Tainan, Taiwan, 2005-2008. Image © Atelier Adam Chen

Described by Richard Meier as an architect whose "groundbreaking ideas" have "had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects," Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein has worked in all aspects of design, from architecture to furniture, jewelry, glasses, lamps -- even door handles. Known in particular for his museum designs, from the Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach to the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt to Vienna's Haas House, Hollein's work manifests a unique, fascinating take on 1950s Modernism.