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What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2017]

In what has become an annual “must write” post, I present to you THE definitive list of “What to Get an Architect for Christmas.” This is the 8th version of this list and I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to feel a little like Ebenezer Scrooge about the whole thing because I have unknowingly started to come up with some internal rules that govern what sort of gifts do, and do not, make my list. For the most part, I have tried to move away from do-dahs and bric-a-brac … because why? I want these gifts to be something that will live on past this particular holiday season, and that means that I focused more on longevity, purpose, and substance over style … I suppose substance AND style are preferred.

Does that make me a Scrooge? Maybe a little, but the stuff on this list isn’t meant for a 5-year-old, it’s gender-neutral, and I think most of these items your co-workers would want to steal (which, for most people, is really the measure of a desirable gift).

So on Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, and … all the rest of those reindeers. Here are 43 things, one of which will surely make that irritatingly picky architect friend of yours truly happy.

WestEdge Design Fair Premieres October 3-6, 2013 In Santa Monica

A design experience to engage, entertain and inspire with exhibits from leading names in the industry, plus educational programs & workshops, networking events and more. WestEdge Design Fair makes its debut October 3-6, 2013 in Santa Monica, California at the Barker Hangar. This newest destination for modern design showcases a curated selection of over 150 leading national and international brands, many new to the West Coast. Attendees will find design inspiration, and be able to shop from leading manufacturers of furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furnishings and other products for the home. The show caters to trade, press and consumers alike, and offers a complete experience for attendees, including panel discussions and workshops, custom installations, a series of special events, and an opening night party to benefit Heal the Bay. WestEdge featured exhibitors include: BDDW This iconic American furniture company is dedicated to the creation of well-crafted timeless designs. Tyler Hays, a painter and sculptor, is the company founder and head designer. BDDW is known for their heirloom quality solid wood furniture, traditionally joined, in select domestic hardwoods. Their finishes are all hand rubbed with natural oils and lacquers. In beds, tables, seating, lamps and storage, BDDW has created dozens of classics and is constantly producing new and innovative work BDDW Brenda Houston Designer Brenda Houston has chosen WestEdge to debut her new collection. She offers a comprehensive collection of unique handcrafted furniture, lighting and accessories for residential, retail and hospitality arenas. Each piece in the collection represents unparalleled luxury, intended to be handed down for generations to come. The company’s clients include top interior design firms, celebrities, Royal Family members, and A-list hoteliers throughout the world.

Case Study House 2016 Kitchen Appliance Package

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With the Case Study House 2016 complete, we’ve had a couple of months to field test the latest and greatest BUILD appliance package. This appliance specification is the result of decades worth of designing and building modern homes as well as specifying residential appliances. Another important factor is that we love to cook and entertain — so this kitchen is being put through the full spectrum of tests from Thanksgiving dinner to ramen night with the kids. More than simply covering the brands and model of each appliance, today’s post reviews the initial performance of each appliance and the evolution of how we arrived at the particulars.

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Jenn-Air JF42NXFXDE 42” built-in, French door refrigerator with drawer freezer.

Akpabio Moves to Make a-Ibom Airport Regional Hub for Maintenance

Vanguard (Lagos)-Awka Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has said that the ongoing construction of a multi-billion naira Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, MRO, hangar at the state airport will turn the airport into a regional hub for aircraft maintenance in the country and the West coast.

MAKEcamp’s West Coast Ghost Tables Give Timber Offcuts a Fresh New Life

MAKEcamp, west coast ghosts, reclaimed wood, green design, sustainable design, green products, green interiors, green furniture, sustainable materials. recycled wood

MAKEcamp‘s West Coast Ghosts are a series of tables and furnishings characterized by a large block of reclaimed timber set atop an ephemeral base. The pieces draw a direct metaphorical analogy to the Pacific Northwest forest by representing a canopy and its understory. 100% of the West Coast Ghosts series has been sourced from end-cuts and waste products, furthering sustainable foresting initiatives by maximizing the end use of every timber.

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West Coast architectural legend Fred Hollingsworth passes away

Fred Hollingsworth wasn't as famous as his contemporaries Arthur Erickson and Ron Thom. But he stood with them as one of the key architects in Vancouver's West Coast Modern movement.

Sunset Villa, Sumptuous Property Overlooking Fantastic Sea Views

Spotted on Quintessentially Villas, Sunset Villa is a truly breathtaking property which anyone of us dream to have it at least once during his holiday’s escape.

SHOWROOM: Yes, There Is Translucent Concrete!

Available exclusively on the West Coast through SOLI Architectural Surfaces, Lunacrete is a new, translucent concrete that plays with the very idea of what concrete should be. Image courtesy SOLI Architectural Surfaces.As oxymorons go, “translucent concrete” might just take the cake. Of course concrete isn’t translucent—it’s strong, it’s heavy and it’s opaque. But hold on. It’s as out there as it sounds. Meet Luncacrete, exclusively distributed on the West Coast through SOLI Architectural Surfaces, the product is a high-density precast concrete. What makes it special—and translucent—are the optical fingers embedded into the material, which allow light, shadows and colors to be seen through the concrete, even through thick wall surfaces.

The Waterfront de AART architects

AART architects reveal the first building phase of the Waterfront (in Norwegian ‘Vannkanten’) – one of the largest wooden residential developments in Europe. Located on the edge of Stavanger harbourfront, the 19,500 m2 development transforms the former industrial area into a recreational part of town.Stavanger is the third largest metropolitan area in Norway, and has the highest concentration of wooden architecture in Northern Europe. Stavanger’s core is to a large degree made up of 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses that are considered part of the city’s cultural heritage. The vision behind the Waterfront development is thus to refine the city’s wooden architectural tradition by creating an iconic and vibrant residential development, expressing both a local identity and a global vision. Focusing on social diversity, sustainable design and innovative wooden architecture, the Waterfront development has been designed as one of the largest wooden residential developments in Europe, with a view to positioning Stavanger as a pioneering city within the field of modern wooden architecture. THE ESSENCE OF THE CITY / the architecture Designed by AART architects (DK) in cooperation with Kraftværk (NO), the Waterfront development is located at Stavanger harbour front. In many ways, it expresses the essence of the city by refining the city’s wooden architectural tradition, while also interpreting the Norwegian landscape. This context (cultural and geographical) was the main structural idea behind the design, as the Waterfront development further develops local building methods. At the same time, it blurs the boundary between the urban space and the dramatic Norwegian landscape by appearing as a mountain range of wood on the edge between the city and the sea. The Waterfront development is based on a precise analysis of the site and the historical character of Stavanger.