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Apple Expands In Austin, Texas

When most people thinking of Austin, TX, they think of a capital city located in the geographic center of the state. It is known for hosting the University of Texas, a vibrant entertainment and music scene, and a growing population of citizens from across the US. It also hosts center stage in the state’s positive economic health as a hotbed for several sectors – including real estate, medical, and technology. It is often referred to as ‘Silicon Hills’ due to the large number of technology companies who make their home here.

Apple has announced that they will be significantly expanding their presence in Austin and growing the economic and societal influence of the capital city. Even though they currently maintain a presence in Austin, Apple has committed to a $1 billion dollar campus expansion. The new facility will contain three million square feet of space. Between the new facility and the current space, Apple estimates they will create an additional 20,000 new jobs for the Austin economy.  The expansion will be part of an overall growth plan across the US, with other facilities planned in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City.

Since 2013, Austin has been recognized in the top five cities for growth in the US, with most experts rating it No. 1. Texas has capitalized on low taxes and cheap real estate to draw in jobs from the rest of the country. It has been lauded as perhaps the nation’s only remaining competitive real estate market in the country. Other reasons for Austin’s population surge have been also attributed to its lower cost of living compared with the East and West Coasts to its bustling jobs market. However, with unemployment at historic lows, the job market is now extremely tight. These factors have created the perfect opportunity for Apple to expand in the Austin area.

From the Factory Floor

Another sneak peek at our copper wrap light fixtures in progress for Shaquille O’Neal’s new restaurant in Downtown LA at LA Live! 

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Palm Springs Modernism Week Is Upon Us

Mark your calendars and start channeling your best ‘Rat Pack’ persona! It is time to make your way into the desert and visit Palm Springs in all its splendor. Palm Springs Modernism Week is scheduled for Feb 14-24, 2019, and this annual event will be bigger than ever.

The goal of this retro adventure in the desert is to foster an appreciation of midcentury modern architecture, design and contemporary innovation. Modernism Week is a registered non-profit organization which encourages the preservation, education, and sustainability of modern living as represented in the Palm Springs area. Some of Palm Springs’ most notable private homes will open their doors to the public, and walking tours will shed light on the city’s Rat Pack history. More than 350 other events in this event will engage and entertain visitors.

Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA will give the keynote address, and it is not to be missed. He is an Israeli-Canadian architect, urban designer, educator, and theorist. His humanistic philosophy on architecture and urbanism focuses on the design of the public realm and creating buildings that celebrate the unique character of each place. He continues to innovate with groundbreaking projects, such as the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore’s waterfront district, which includes three 55-story towers connected across their rooftops by a three-acre mixed-use SkyPark.

Along with the house tour and the featured Christopher Kennedy Compound open house,  there will be a vintage trailer show. The show will celebrate the vintage trailer lifestyle and inspire those who dream of channeling their inner wanderlust. There will also be films, lectures, premier double-decker architectural bus tours, nightly parties, and live music, along with walking and bike tours, fashion, classic cars, and modern garden tours.

Palm Springs Modernism Week is an absolute must-do for anyone who is excited by all things midcentury modern. Take a walk back in time, channel your best Rat Pack persona, and plan on attending.

From the Factory Floor

Copper wrap light fixtures for Shaquille O’Neal’s new Downtown LA eatery!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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The Noted Passing of Gene Leedy

Gene Leedy was known as the father of the Sarasota School of Architecture, and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. This renowned architect passed this week at the age of 90. Leedy was born in Isaban, West Virginia. His parents subsequently moved the family to Gainesville, Florida, where they opened a small family restaurant. After high school, Leedy entered the University of Florida, where he studied architecture. He married his wife Kathryn Home and settled down in the town of Winter Haven, Florida, where he opened an architectural firm. In 1954, he was commissioned to build his first recognized work, the ‘Sparrow House.’

His design philosophy resulted in a phenomenon of modern architecture, a unique collection created during a period of over fifty years. Leedy produced innovative work with pre-stressed concrete, which led to his creation of double T beams. These techniques have left an enduring legacy and impacted both the past and future of architecture.

The work of Leedy has been recognized with countless awards and accolades. His steadfast conviction to this modern design philosophy resulted in his work being recognized on a global scale. The work of Leedy continues to transform the face of the architectural community and the spaces beyond.

Notable Commercial Work

Cypress Gardens Bank, Winter Haven, Florida, 1965

City Hall, Winter Haven, Florida, 1960

Keiltronix Office Building, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1987

Taxdal Medical Center, Winter Haven, Florida, 1986

Flagship Bank, Orlando, Florida, 1975

Chamber of Commerce, Winter Haven, Florida, 1990

Walden Lake Country Club, Plant City, Florida 1985

Commerce Bank of Central Florida, Winter Haven, Florida 1990

American National Bank, Winter Haven, Florida, 1962

Brentwood Elementary School, Sarasota, Florida, 1958

First National Bank of Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, FL 1963

Notable Residential Work

House for Contemporary Builders, Sarasota, Florida, 1950

Craney Homes, Inc, Winter Haven, Florida, 1956

Weaving/Thomasson house, Winter Haven, Florida, 1956

Navickas Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1957

Dormon Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1963

Libby Residence, Winter Park, Florida, 1957

Sands Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1965

Sparrow Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1954

Brogden Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1979

Miller Residence, Plant City, Florida, 1985

Carlton Beach House, Boca Grande, Florida, 1985

Lifsey President’s House, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 1994

Smith Beach House, Boca Grande, Florida, 1985

Solomon Residence & Studio, Siesta Key, Florida, 1970

Strang Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1970

Strasberg Residence, Longwood, Florida, 1982

From the ADG Jobsite

Custom pendant at Newport Coast property!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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MARS Case Offers Solutions For Colonizing the Red Planet

Space exploration and the planet Mars have been in the imagination of many for decades. The Red Planet has especially intrigued many, imagining the possibilities of settling another planet near Earth and the potential of little green men. As technology has advanced, space exploration became a true reality, as man slipped the bonds of Earth and headed out into the galaxy. No matter how far our machines have traveled into space, the Red Planet has remained the main fascination of scientists and adventurers. Today, Mars remains a top focus of Elon Musk and Space X. One day, we will settle Mars!

One of the first challenges encountered when exploring or settling Mars is, of course, providing livable structures that can be reasonably transported to the Red Planet and easily constructed. The Beijing-based design firm Open Architecture has partnered with the Chinese technology firm Xiaomi to design a structure to house our explorers on Mars. Out of that partnership, the MARS case has come to life. The innovative design represents the vision of an ideal hosting unit, combining technology with product design and innovative architecture.

The MARS case is a portable structure that is easily transferable to and from confined space transports. It is a living bubble, which is attached to a base, which can be inflated, collapsed and folded into itself, much like a suitcase. Inside is a main living area, a bathroom, a desk and chairs, along with a storage area. Smartphones will able to control lighting, appliances and other functions inside the house. There are even windows in the structure that pop out when it is inflated. The design is also capable of harnessing and recycling heat, exhaust, and condensation, which allows the minimal use of resources.

From the Factory Floor

Handmade art deco chain getting ready for Bel Air!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

 

 

 

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Beverly Center Shows off a New Image

The Beverly Center is showing off a new facelift and revitalization on November 1st. The mid-city landmark first opened in July 1982, and showed off a unique design presence for the area. The unusual shape of the mall was a result of its position at the intersection of a number of angled local streets and the salt lake oilfield.

The new look of the Beverly Center will improve and enhance the aesthetic qualities of the landmark, with moving surfaces that replace the original static facade. The new surface will feature wavelike movement, which reflects the surrounding urban landscape. This effect is achieved through the use of a vertical series of throbbing LEDs, which create the wavy effect. The combination of new surfaces and LEDs dematerializes the volume of light and color, decomposing them and altering the viewer’s perception of the building in both day and night.

Visitors will enter into large brightly lit open spaces surrounded by the three story design of the mall, featuring breathtaking skylights. The skylight allows the flow of natural light to expand into all areas of the mall, including the first level and commercial meeting spaces. From the pleasant promenade inside the building, a panoramic terrace on the mall’s roof strengthens the relationship between inside and out, and welcomes both visitors and occupants of the surrounding areas to use it.

Beverly Center has been an iconic building in mid-city, drawing locals and tourists to this shopping mecca for decades. Withe the newest renovation and facelift, the area will continue to enjoy the upscale shopping and meeting center for the area. It will continue to reflect the innovation and lifeblood of Los Angeles for many decades to come.

From the Factory Floor

Sneak peak of our cast bronze art deco chandelier!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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CAED Cal Poly Hosts Design Exhibition

The 15th Annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition will be held on November 2nd and 3rd in San Luis Obispo and is a must see! The event is being co-hosted between Cal Poly Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) school and Vellum Build Design.

It will feature 195 participant entries from students at CAED, who have been asked to conceive and construct furniture projects with tables, chairs, light fixtures, toys and other furniture designs. Their work will be judged by a panel of experts on function, individuality and beauty. The top project will be awarded the Milano Grand Prize and will travel to Milan, Italy in April for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the largest furniture fair in the world.

The competition provides students of CAED the opportunity to engage in real-life design situations, such as managing budgets, materials, fabricators and manufacturers. It also challenges them to meet real-life timelines, deadlines and construction schedules, all of which are not incorporated into the typical academic experience.

The Cal Poly acclaimed College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) offers a unique blend of eight degree programs in five related departments. The CAED programs include architecture, architectural engineering, regional and city planning, construction management and landscape architecture. The school has a 70-year history, with over 16,000 alumni, who have been a driving force shaping the planning, design and construction disciplines.

From the ADG Jobsite

One of several custom tables made for a high rise entry space in San Francisco.

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting