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ICAA SoCal Annual Summer Party

 

ADG Lighting had the pleasure of joining colleagues at the ICAA SoCal Summer Party on Wednesday, July 19th. The event is an annual summer party for the organization’s growing membership! The event provides an opportunity to learn more about upcoming programs and celebrate the season. This year’s event was graciously hosted in the beautiful garden at Charles Jacobsen Inc., in Culver City. ADG Lighting was the proud educational sponsor for the event. Sub-Zero & Wolf was also a major sponsor of the event.

ICAA was founded as two separate non-profit organizations in 1968 and 1991. They merged in 2002 as a national non-profit organization by a small group of passionate design professionals whose goals were to celebrate, teach and preserve the classical architectural tradition in America. ICAA does so through education, publication, and advocacy. The Southern California Chapter was founded in 2004 by architect Marc Appleton and builder David Cohen. ICAA membership is comprised of architects, interior designers, landscape designers, allied professionals, and assorted vendors throughout the metro Los Angeles area.

The ICAA mission is focused on advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in regional architecture, urbanism and the allied arts. They fulfill their mission through program areas including education, media, events and advocacy.

Highlights of the Summer Party

While we were enjoying the event in Southern California, ADG was also partying at the Luxe Magazine event in Austin, Texas with team leader Tina McClard Harlan!

 

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American Architecture – The Grand Canyon and Mary Colter

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile. Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

One of the seven natural wonders of the world and one of the first national parks in the United States, the Grand Canyon receives millions of visitors every year who view the steep gorge carved by the Colorado River into the Colorado Plateau. Most visit the easy-to-access South Rim, and some hike to its depths or traverse its length river-rafting.

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was an architect and designer. She was one of the very few female architects of her day. She was most notably the designer of many landmark buildings and spaces for the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railroad, notably in Grand Canyon National Park. Her work had enormous influence as she helped to create a style, blending Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival architecture with Native American motifs and rustic elements that became popular throughout the Southwest.

Colter created a series of renowed works in the Grand Canyon National Park. Among her work is the 1905 Hopi House, the 1914 Hermit’s Rest and observatory Lookout Studio, and the 1932 Desert View Watchtower, a 70-foot-tall rock tower with a hidden steel structure, as well as the 1935 Bright Angel Lodge complex, and the 1922 Phantom Ranch buildings at the bottom of the canyon. She also decorated the park’s El Tovar Hotel. In 1987, the Mary Jane Colter Buildings, as a group, were listed as a National Historic Landmark.

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Olympic Architecture: How Much Influence Will the 2020 Games Have on Tokyo?

According to experts studying the phenomenon, dozens of major urban development projects are slated or in progress for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. From hotels and sports complexes to cloud-piercing skyscrapers, new architecture is poised to transform the vista of Tokyo by the time the city raises the curtain for the 2020 Olympic Games.

As an example, The Shinagawa Station complex, a structure that will be impossible to miss, will be a steel-and-glass roof inspired by traditional Japanese origami, hovering above a light-flooded train station and a sprawling subterranean city. It will be an opportunity to design the whole area surrounding the station. It will be a great project because it will connect the sea and the hill of Tokyo, which will create a new face to the city.

Bloomberg estimates that 45 new skyscrapers will be constructed within the city limits. If estimates are correct, there would be mean a 50% increase in high-rises between now and 2020, compared to the previous three-year period.

The Tokyo Bay area, where a number of Olympics-related facilities are being constructed, is also seeing significant growth. A comprehensive set of physical, social, environmental and international legacies will result from Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Games. The citizens of Tokyo and Japan will benefit from significant environmental and infrastructural improvements, such as new green spaces and sport and education facilities centered on the revitalizing Tokyo. This will create a zone with strong appeal for Tokyo’s future development and growth.

Fortunately for Tokyo, there is a broader goal. Planning is going well beyond the 2020 Olympics. Architects are considering how the city wants to evolve in a more broad sense. A great deal of big-scale development projects are going on at the moment, with the vision of 2020 and beyond. Such a massive level of development will no doubt concern some residents. Experts predict that Tokyo’s architectural transformation is likely to be less dramatic than the revitalization witnessed in some other cities. There is a niche school of experimental architects in Japan that dominate the media, but it’s a conservative environment architecturally for the most part, governed by corporate firms and construction companies.

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The Pop Pendant

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