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David Adjaye has L.A. projects in the pipeline

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Does David Adjaye, lead designer behind the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. have Los Angeles–based projects in the pipeline?

Yes, according to the architect himself. During a recent interview at the Dwell on Design conference with Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, Adjaye teased that his office had several potential L.A. projects on the way—up to half a dozen of them, in fact.

The architect could not elaborate further, but he hinted the projects might be diverse in their programming and occupy sites scattered across the city.

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designjunction + Dwell on Design opens

designjunction + Dwell on Design opened May 13 in Chelsea’s ArtBeam space with nearly 30 design brands and a series of talks, kicking off with an architecture breakfast with AN’s senior editor Matt Shaw with Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner at BIG Architects. A departure from the architecture-focused keynotes of Dwell on Designs past, this year’s speaker is illustrator Bob Gill (best known for his 1968 cover art for George Harrison’s Wonderwall Music album), who will discuss his experiences of the changing design landscape over the past 65 years. Other speakers throughout the weekend include New York designers such as Sandy Chilewich, Stephanie Goto, David Weeks, and Gregory Buntain of Fort Standard. The loft-style space was filled with international designers both large and small, from heavy hitters like Artek and Muuto to independent designers, such as U.K.–based Melin Tregwynt and Croatian design platform Stufff Concept Store, among many others. WeWork created a pop-up workspace, encouraging visitors to try out the modern office and a cafe by Vitra that also offers places to sit and linger. Some standout wares included British Dyke & Dean’s Spatterware enamelware, lighting company’s Haberdashery stunning Leaf installation, and Stufff’s Ili Ili lamps and Lacescape coffee table. design junction + Dwell on Design will run through May 15, 2016.
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Daniel Libeskind to Deliver Keynote Address for Dwell on Design in New York

On October 9, Daniel Libeskind marks the opening of Dwell on Design NY, a three-day event bringing together design luminaries for discussions and presentations on urban design and architecture. Other speakers at the conference include architect David Rockwell, Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, Designtex CEO Susan Lyons, Claire Fellman of Snøhetta, and many others. Highlights of Dwell on Design NY include self-guided tours of private residences in Tribeca, the Flatiron district, Harlem, and Soho; the curated retail Dwell Store; and CEU sessions. More information is available on the Dwell on Design website.
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Eavesdrop> Trade Shows A-Go Go

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 York’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!
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June 21–23> Michael Graves to Keynote Dwell on Design in Los Angeles Next Week

From June 21 – 23 architecture and design professionals will flock to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Dwell on Design tradeshow. With over 2,000 products, 400 exhibitors, 150 speakers, and 30,000 expected attendees, this highly anticipated three-day affair has easily become America’s largest design event. The exhibition features 20,000 square feet of space filled with prefabricated structures that highlight the most important aspects of contemporary design. The show is divided into various sections including Dwell Outdoor, the Tech Zone, the Modern Family Lounge, Furniture, and Kitchen & Bath and features renowned leaders in industrial, home appliance, and furniture design such as Miele, Kohler, GE Monogram, Resource Furniture, and Marimekko. Dwell Media has put together an exciting program for this year’s show, featuring a motivating Keynote Address to be delivered by architect and industrial designer, Michael Graves, who will share how his perspective on design and quality of life was altered as a result of his life-changing illness. Other highlights include an impressive lineup of speakers and panel discussions, the AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards, the 3rd annual Dwell on Design Awards, two days of Green Car test drives, and Design Clinics that will offer visitors practical advice on architecture, landscape, and inerior design. While the show provides design lovers with numerous reasons to attend, the main attraction remains the prefabs that fill the show floor. Designers construct outdoor environments, complete with fresh greenery and lush vegetation, in an indoor setting. Some of this year’s most prominent exhibitors include Sett Studio, whose design philosophy holds that maximum efficiency can be achieved through a union of design, material, and space, Piece Homes, which balances an eco-friendly home with personal taste, and LivingHomes, which address environmental and urban issues through portable building. Attendees can walk through garden pods, trailers, and outdoor lounges and have their questions answered by  The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). VIP_Amanda Dameron_Bryan Cranston_etc For more information visit:  
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Keeping Busy at ArchPaper West

We've got our plates full this month at Dwell on Design/LA Design Festival/AIA LA Design Conference. On Thursday, June 21 we're hosting a studio tour at our new West coast offices, the American Cement Building, featuring eight architecture firms in one building. Next, on June 22-24 we're hosting architect consultations at Dwell, connecting more than 20 of the city's top architects to potential clients. Finally on June 24, West Coast Editor Sam Lubell is moderating an expert panel at the AIA Design Conference examining how architecture can contribute to the public realm.
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Oyler Wu's "Screenplay" Installation

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The firm continues its exploration of creating complex shapes with rope

The West Coast’s design show Dwell on Design brings tens of thousands of visitors to the Los Angeles Convention center for three days of modern design each summer. This year, the show commissioned a project from Oyler Wu Collaborative, the LA-based architecture firm of Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler. The most recent of seven installations (including "Netscape," the SCI-Arc 2011 graduation pavilion) that the duo has designed since 2007, "Screenplay" is a 22-foot-long, 9-foot-high steel frame over which is woven an impossibly complex web of silver polypropylene rope.
  • Fabricator Oyler Wu Collaborative
  • Architect Oyler Wu Collaborative
  • Location Los Angeles, California
  • Status In progress
  • Materials Steel, silver polypropylene rope
  • Process Digital design, physical modeling, steel fabrication, rope installation
As with all of their installations, "Screenplay" would involve a large degree of hand fabrication in its final stage. "While fabricating our own design started as a necessity in order to control cost, we have continued to do it as a way of extending the research of our practice in terms of material and structural experimentation," wrote Wu in her documentation of the process. The team began to explore concepts with rope, challenging themselves to create an entirely new concept using the same material they in "Netscape" just a year ago. Oyler Wu's previous work has played with transforming two-dimensional lines into three-dimensional forms, and Dwell's project will be an iteration of that concept. Viewed straight on, the wall is a dense line pattern. As the viewer moves around the piece, it takes on shape, revealing three-dimensional topography with depths varying from 2 to 12 feet, and marked variations in density. In the office, the staff began by building a small physical model. Their primary concern was learning how to wrap the rope, and keep it in place, on the steel frame that would be the installation's base. The solution was pre-wrapping the entire frame; though time-consuming, it was the only way to create a "gripping" surface and an even spacing system for the structure's rope web. As it moved into full-scale production, Oyler Wu used the analog model as a guide for the staff and students who would perform the complex rope-wrapping process. The team involved in fabrication of the structure's steel profiles largely referred to the digital model, constantly checking the size and placement of members that were cut and welded by hand. Each vertical piece was numbered and held in place with a wooden jig as the connecting structural elements were welded to the frame. The project's greatest challenge has been time—it was originally slated to be completed two week's before Dwell's June 22 opening, but the team has called in more hands (using social media pleas and help from Wu's former SCI-Arc students) to complete the piece. As the show draws near, Wu wrote that her biggest fear is running out of rope. The team has exhausted its supplier's stock—45,000 linear feet, or almost 9 miles—of 1/4-inch cord, and still has to create a woven seating element within the frame or else find a backup plan as crowds of design-lovers descend Los Angeles next week.
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Saturday Night Live (At Dwell)

We don't always give props to other design pubs, but after a great weekend at Dwell On Design, how can we not? After the expo, the panels, and the awards, on Saturday night the Dwellistas hosted a wonderful evening at the Geffen Contemporary in Downtown LA that started with LA's first ever mobile restaurant row (Apparently the Kogi taco truck has helped spawn a phenomenon), and then became a night at the movies. There were seven—yes SEVEN—food trucks in all, including Sprinkles Cupcakes, Locali ice pops (well this was mobile, but not exactly a truck), Coolhaus ice cream, Let's Be Frank hot dogs , the Green Truck, Barbie's Q, and Tacos Ariza. Phew... And YUMMY. (especially Green Truck's Grass-fed burgers. Must be some good grass!) Next came the big event: a screening of two great design-related movies. The first was the Greening of Southie, which examines the ridiculous amount of work—and pain—behind Boston’s first residential green building (the Macallen Building, designed by Office Da). The filmmakers, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, spent months on the construction site in South Boston, and were able to not only capture the excitement and challenges of green construction, but question LEED's methodologies (no accounting for miles transporting all these green materials?) as well as the costs of gentrification that such building can bring to working class and poorer neighborhoods. The second movie was Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, director Erick Bricker's moving, and informative, homage to master photographer Shulman. The film includes  intimate and interviews and impromptu moments with Shulman, great examples of his photos, fun history lessons on Modernism, and talks with many of LA's leading architectural voices. Also visits to the homes he captured, from Case Study House 22 to the Kaufmann House..  It's great, and you'll be seeing more of it, I promise you.
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Convention Wars: Attack of the Clones

Thanks to some strategic re-scheduling, it appears that this weekend has become LA Design Conference-Palooza. It all started when AIA Los Angeles decided months ago to merge its Mobius conference with the popular Dwell On Design. Both shows will be held at the La Convention Center this weekend (June 25-28). All was well with the world.. But then came more recent news that design entrepeneur Charles Trotter had rescheduled his March design show, CA Boom, for the same weekend, at the former Robinsons Department Store in Beverly Hills! Well then all hell broke loose... The good spin: we have a new design weekend LA. The bad spin: attendees and vendors have been forced to choose sides, and both shows will suffer on account of the move (and Dwell employees are particularly peeved that CA Boom has roped in the Coolhaus ice cream truck, which was also set for the Dwell show). Regardless of what side of the debate you sit on, it certainly will be an entertaining weekend in LA. Some highlights: A screening of the new film Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, as well as conversations with Williams Krisel, Yves Behar, and Peter Walker at Dwell on Design. An AN/SCI-Arc panel about architects getting involved with transportation design, featuring architect Eric Owen Moss, LA Planner Simon Pastucha, METRO art and design director Jorge Pardo, and Art Center College Mobility Director Geoff Wardle at Mobius.  And tours of Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #22 (the Stahl House) at CA Boom. Hold on to your seats, folks..