The Japanese retailer Uniqloâ€”a favorite among budget conscious designers and studentsâ€”has announced a new scholarship fund for Japanese students accepted into programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Business School. The retailer will provide $600,000 in funding over the next three years. We think itâ€™s a smart move on their part, though we wish the funds werenâ€™t only for Japanese students! Have you seen the numbers for our national student debt lately?!? Too bad American Apparel is brokeâ€¦
Home: My San Francisco
AIA San Francisco Center For Architecture + Design Gallery
Through October 31
Home: My San Francisco is an exhibition designed by Julie Blankenship in collaboration with photographer Julie Sadowski examining the rapidly evolving design of domestic space in response to changing views of identity, family,Â work, life, technology, and sustainability. The show captures the narrative environments contained within the cityâ€™s indoor and built environments through photographs,Â supplemented with an online collection of images, interviewsÂ with residents, architectural drawings, and texts.
The Center or Urban Pedagogy (CUP), long one of the most provocative, insightful and productive non-profits in New York City, is holding its annual benefit event Thursday ,October 16th at The Green Building, 452 Union Street in Brooklyn. CUP uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. It has a long history of successful collaborations with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities to make educational tools that “demystify complex policy and planning issues.” There is not organization in New York more deserving of our support than CUP and tickets are now on sale for the evening of conversation, cocktails, andÂ CUPÂ projects!Â Get your tickets now!Â
The world of design trade shows seems to be ever expanding, with established and new shows sending out satellites coast-to-coast. A mini version of Dwell on Design is coming to New York, opening on October 9. Meanwhile, New Yorkâ€™s biggest design show, ICFF, is heading west, during the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. And New York Design Week is expanding still further with yet another show, tentatively titled Disruptive Design. We can already feel the hangover coming on!
Bicycling magazine may have named New York City the nationâ€™s best city for cyclingâ€”surprising many from calmer townsâ€”but even more stunning is their selection of the worst place to pedal: nearby Suffolk county. Donâ€™t worry Suf-folks, itâ€™s not strictly personal. Youâ€™re way of life is symbolic of our national transportation imbalance. â€œReally, right now, the worst city is in the suburbs,â€ said Bicyclingâ€™s editor in chief Bill Strickland. â€œWe picked Suffolk to be Â emblematic of that.â€ And urbanists wonder why they get tagged as elitists.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of New Yorkâ€™s most loved and successful new public spacesâ€”just be careful how you get there! The spindly Squibb Park Bridge, which connects Columbia Heights to the park, has been temporarily closed â€œdue to construction,â€ according to the parkâ€™s website. But some say that design flaws are the real culprit. One reader toldÂ us the bridgeâ€™s wooden planks are visibly warped, while others have saidÂ the bouncy structure is, well, just too bouncy. No word yet when the span will reopen.
In one of the few towns where the AIA has serious pull, the AIA San Francisco has named Jennifer Jones as its new Executive Director. Longtime HMC principal Kate Diamond has left her position and is looking for a new job. While it pales in comparison to the news that AECOM has merged with URS, forming the biggest firm in the galaxy, WSP has bought â€œglobal design giantâ€ Parsons Brinckerhoff for $1.35 billion. Thatâ€™s no joke either. Finally, after more than six years of waiting, SOM has begun work on its massive redevelopment of the WWII-era housing development, Park Merced. In San Francisco thatâ€™s like waiting for fifteen minutes.
Barton Myers:Â Works of Architecture and Urbanism
Art, Design & Architecture Museum
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
September 12 to December 12
Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism is comingÂ to the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara this September. The exhibition will display several of Myersâ€™ projects from 1968 to 2002: a span of nearlyÂ 35 years. A variety of artifacts will be on display, ranging from sketches and scale models to the architectâ€™s lectures and writings. Myers donated the materials on display to the Art, Design & Architecture museum in 2000. Among them is information and renderings of his most renowned built work, such as the Vidal Sassoon Salon (1968), as well asÂ his more obscure work. The exhibition will display Myersâ€™ work in the 1992 U.S. Expo Pavilion in Spain as well as his famous steel houses.
Times Square 1984: The Postmodern Moment
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place,Â New York
Through January 18, 2015
Times Square is one of the most renowned cultural hubs in the entire world. It is commonly heralded as the perfect tourist attraction: full of bright lights at night, giant LED billboard signs, and men in furry costumes of Elmo and the Cookie Monster. Times Square 1984: The Postmodern Moment, currently on view at The Skyscraper Museum, enlightens visitors with the recent history of Times Square and how it became what it is today.