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Deadline: July 25
People's Climate Challenge
This September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a landmark climate Summit at the United Nations. With scientists warning the window to avoid catastrophic climate impacts could close within a few years, this summit is the only confirmed climate meeting of world's leaders while there's still time to change our future. And it comes at a time when decision-makers don't really believe the public cares about climate. Every successful movement has used images and symbols to help unite people en masse, to take a single moment and turn it into a historic event. This is one of those moments. We have a unique opportunity to define a key piece of the visual lexicon surrounding climate change, and the people powered response to it. That's why we're launching a people-powered ad campaign in the New York subways this September, to motivate us all to march, and tip us toward a clean and green future and away from climate chaos. We need your help to make sure these ads pack the kind of punch necessary to cut through the busy noise of New York. Successful designs will grab attention with the critical urgency of the issue, communicate the importance of turning out to this historic climate march in NYC, and amplify a call for ambitious action from world leaders.

Deadline: July 25
Climb Higher Design Competition
Put your skills to the challenge. Enter the Climb Higher Design Contest for a chance to win part of over $6,000 in prizes (and a chance to gloat). Simply design a Tree House or Ball Launcher (to protect the tree house from enemy attacks) by July 25 for your chance to win. Use your imagination, apply your Autodesk software skills and push the limits of design!

Deadline: July 28
Project 120
The year is 2073. The world maintains a continuous state of evolution. Urban environments are designed around an ever-growing population, with a constant need for precision development, streamlined renovation and an environmental agenda. Agricultural production has reached industrial capacity to provide for humanity with the remaining landscape being conserved for protected species and wildlife. Construction machinery has developed in parallel to our evolution, adapting to ever-changing human lifestyles, building techniques, materials and environmental constraints. JCB invented the Backhoe Loader in 1953 and it remains the world's No. 1 machine due to its versatility and our continuous innovation. The Backhoe Loader has evolved to work in harmony with changes in human habitation proving itself to be an effective machine for the modern world. We want you to imagine and design the backhoe of the future.

Deadline: July 31
2014 NXT City Prize
If you're under 30, show us your big idea to improve a public space in Toronto and you could take home a $5,000 cash prize. Not only that, the city is ready to listen. You'll also have access to up to $10,000 to work with a team of leading experts and turn your vision into reality. Open to all young people under 30 from across Ontario, Canada.

Deadline: August 1
Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award
Sylvia Harris (1953 – 2011) is widely recognized as a pioneer, a generous mentor and a vital inspiration to the field of social impact design. In that spirit, the Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award has been established to honor her legacy by supporting other vanguards dedicated to public design. Professional designers that have developed a strong project concept to ignite change in their community, along with a well researched and thought out plan for execution, will have the opportunity to apply for the Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award for $10,000 toward implementation of the project.

Deadline: August 14
Coasters and Tablemats
This month we are looking for new designs for Coasters and Tablemat sets. Submissions can be in any form—sketches, photos, drawings and graphics are all welcome. All you need is an idea! We are looking for designs using lasercutting and laser-engraving in an interesting way. If the design is manufacturable, the designer will have the option of partnering with us and receiving royalties on the sales of their design. Part of the design may be changed in the process of working out the manufacturing details.

Deadline: August 18
Istituto Europeo di Design Scholarship Competition
Italy is not only a beautiful country, it is also the place where studying creative disciplines can give a boost to your career. Istituto Europeo di Design offers five scholarships to undergraduate courses in Fashion, Design and Visual Communication at its schools in Milan, Rome and Florence. Candidates who are 18-28 years old who participate will have the chance of being awarded a 50% scholarship on the Tuition Fee of a BA/IED Diploma Course in Fashion, Design and/or Visual Communication.

Deadline: September 1
Sober is open to designers from all over the world. The contest is presented by Formabilio, the Italian brand of furniture, lamps and home accessories. The creatives, architects and designers who intend to enter the contest—on their own or as a group—have to submit furniture, home accessory or lighting projects that stand on their own, without the help of walls, fixings, hooks or the support of other furniture elements; therefore freestanding projects, with an high "sobriety rate." Wherever you are in the world, when someone is sober he/she walks straight, his/her head held high, does not need to lean against the wall, neither hangs on handholds nor falls every time or so.

Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Calling all U.S. architects and interior designers: Show the innovative and inspiring ways that you have incorporated Hansgrohe and/or Axor products in your recent work by entering Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. Submit a built residential, hospitality or commercial interior project that features Hansgrohe and/or Axor products. From hotel and restaurant bathrooms to private kitchens and baths, Hansgrohe USA believes in celebrating excellence in design, sustainability and installation. Projects must have been completed (built) within the past three years—i.e. completed between January 1, 2011 and September 1, 2014.

Deadline: November 5
[Milan 11]
The theme chosen for the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet. The aim of this International Competition is to design an Information Pavilion within the World Expo Park in Milan. This competition hopes to achieve the following: Encourage and reward design excellence which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the World Expo theme; research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the World Expo; and encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

July 24–25
Facades+ Chicago
—Chicago, Illinois

Join us in Chicago for Facades+. The Architect's Newspaper and Enclos present a two-day conference that will examine the increasingly fast-paced evolution of façade technology and explore innovative, sustainable design practices. Don't miss the chance to network with leading industry experts, participate in discussion-based panels and learn through hands-on workshops. Opening keynote speaker James Timberlake is a founding principal of KieranTimberlake, the renowned Philadelphia-based architecture firm know for its synthesis of art, science and advanced research. JAHN's Francisco Gonzalez Pulido to give the afternoon keynote. Last year, symposium was AIA:CES approved for 8 LU | HSW credits.

August 13–16
The Exchange: IDSA International Conference & Educational Symposium
—Austin, Texas

Each year, business leaders, educators and students from all over the world gather the IDSA International Conference and Education Symposium. This event combines provocative speakers with practical information and solutions as well as plenty of time for building personal and professional connections. The 2014 International Conference, The Exchange, will focus on six key exchanges: context, community, value, culture, interpersonal and education.

September 26–October 5
Vienna Design Week
—Vienna, Austria

After seven successful festivals the Vienna Design Week will also come up in October 2014 with an exquisite and colorful program of events. Design was—and still is—an important field of cultural production: it shapes our material culture, our everyday life and our consumer world, it shapes our lifestyles and fashions and most fundamentally our aesthetic sense and judgments. Vienna Design Week is an annual festival, which was founded by three experts in order to name Vienna as a design hub and provide Austrian design professionals with an international environment to show their work. Vienna Design Week will be held at various locations around the city.

September 9–12
UX Week 2014
—San Francisco, California

UX Week is highly recommended for user experience professionals and professionals who have an impact on the experience of the customer or end user of the service or product. This includes customer experience professionals, product managers, program/project managers, developers, data analysts, marketing teams and managers, human resource managers and c-suite managers. Additionally, UX Week attracts university students from a variety of disciplines who are eager to exchange knowledge with UX Week professional industry attendees. Enter promotional code CORE77 for 15% current early bird price. Register here.

September 13–21
London Design Festival

First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival program is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of Partner organizations across the design spectrum and from around the world.

September 22–26
—Bologna, Italy

Like the Milan Furniture Fair of the tile industry, Cersaie is the world's premier exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, attracting nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 30+ countries and over 75,000 unique visitors each year! Highlights of Cersaie 2014 include: Expanded categories of interior and exterior floor and wall covering materials including marble, natural stone, wood and laminate and a keynote by 2013 Pritzker Prize winning architect Toyo Ito.

Through September 28
International Garden Festival
—Reford Gardens, Quebec, Canada

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than 70 architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a natural environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Since its inception in 2000, more than 140 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world.

October 9–12
Art in Odd Places (AiOP)
—New York, New York

The festival will feature over 70 artists' projects from New York and beyond, who will insert their practice into the daily context of one of Manhattan's busiest thoroughfares. The ethos of AiOP has always been one of sharing, openness and accessibility. The festival is produced without a budget, and taken up completely on the initiative of the organizers and participating artists. AiOP is collaborative, horizontal, and constantly in motion. AiOP is FREE.

October 23
SEGD's Xlab: Technology & the Internet of Place
—Brooklyn, New York

Xlab 2014 takes attendees to Brooklyn, the borough many call Silicon Alley. There, a massing of tech-centric firms and studios are developing next-generation platforms and other innovations that are sure to impact future interfaces and experiences. Be part of the continuing conversation about the role of technology in experience design and how it will shape place and the collective practice of environmental graphic design.

October 23–24
Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference
—New York, New York

Designers and business leaders alike will gather in New York City this October for "Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference," chaired by Nathan Shedroff, head of the MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts. This year's conference will focus on the changing face, place and character of business and together we'll explore how designers are playing a pivotal role in evolving business models. Culture, economics and commerce will converge to tackle the tough question businesses and designers face: What is the new shape of business?

October 24–27
Art Toronto
—Toronto, Canada

Canada's largest art fair will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an exhibition of artwork from a select group of Canadian and international galleries at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For 15 years Art Toronto has hosted the world's most dynamic galleries under one roof. In honor of the 15th anniversary Art Toronto 2014 will present an ambitious and refreshed curatorial vision showcasing large-scale installation-based work by Canadian artists including BGL, Thrush Holmes, Amalie Atkins and others.

November 6–9
SOFA Chicago 2014
—Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

The 21st Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design Fair is a gallery-presented, international art exposition dedicated to bridging the worlds of design, decorative and fine art. Works by emerging and established artists and designers are available for sale by premier galleries and dealers.

November 13–14
Adaptive Path's The Service Design Conference
—San Francisco, California

The Service Design Conference brings together organizational leaders, product managers, business process engineers, dev managers and designers who have a hand in defining, maintaining and executing experiences that span touchpoints, channels and traditional business silos.

January 22–25
Interior Design Show
—Toronto, Cananda

The Interior Design Show is Canada's premier showcase of new products, innovative designers and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond. For one weekend each January, the city of Toronto is filled with industry superstars, cutting-edge emerging names, design-savvy consumers and top media outlets. And for 3.5 action-packed days, the Interior Design Show shapes the design world for the year to come.

Classes & Workshops

Competitions | Conferences | Classes | Events & Exhibitions

Through July 26
IIT Institute of Design Presents: Design Camp, Session 2
—Chicago, Illinois

Design Camp is a five-day immersive experience into the design process that draws professionals from corporations and not-for-profit institutions from around the world. Participants' common interest is in learning how to incorporate design methods into how they build new business offerings and enhance existing brands.

July 23–August 1
Izmo Summer School 2014 - Light Up The Public Space
—Torino, Italy

This year, the focus will be on light design in public spaces. The course aims at attracting students—both under and post graduates—professionals and, in general, anyone who is interested in the subject of light design and creative re-use.

July 29–August 1
Seminar: "Channel Your Creativity: From Trend and Talent to Business Concept in 4 Days"
—Berlin, Germany

This workshop gives aspiring entrepreneurs the tools, connections and confidence to develop their own business. The coaches, co-founders of the creative company Dark Horse Innovation, show participants how to use their talents to build on trends, create inspiring products and services as well as organize their work collaboratively.

Through July 30
Embedded Intelligence
—Long Island City, New York

Hosted by Mode Lab in Long Island City, this 10-day intensive workshop will combine research in the areas of natural systems and composite materials with methods of advanced manufacturing. The workshop will explore the possibility for biological models to influence and enhance architectural systems, wherein intelligence is embedded through differentiated yet continuous high-performance surfaces.

Through July 30
Hello Wood's Architectre of Balance
—Brooklyn, New York

Hello Wood is looking for workshop leaders and student coming from the world of architecture, design or other art fields, who feel touched by its current topic: BALANCE. Our aim is to create pieces that can capture the delicate moment of equilibrium by reacting on uncertainty, skepticism or disproportion; notions that can easily be translated to the language of architecture.

August 4–8
Seminar: "Starting and Leading Your Own Creative Business"
—Berlin, Germany

Working with the "Creative Enterprise Toolkit" by the British innovation body NESTA and learning from the Cultural Leadership Program, this practical course will enable participants to develop entrepreneurial and creative leadership skills through lectures, group discussions, international case studies, exercises and individual work as well as experiential group activities and informal peer support. How can you make a living from your creativity? And how do you go about setting up a creative business and making your business work? How do you lead your creative business successfully? Based on tried and tested methods from the "Creative Enterprise Toolkit" by the British innovation bodies NESTA and learning from the Cultural Leadership Program this compact entrepreneurship training will help you turn your creative ideas into a successful business.

August 9–10
Two-Day Beginner Shoemaking Class
—London or San Francisco, California

Scheduled with a choice of weekend or weekday classes in London and weekend classes in San Francisco, this two day shoemaking course is aimed at newcomers to shoemaking, looking to learn the basics. Students study the fundamental techniques of shoemaking allowing them to complete a pair of ladies mules by the end of a session.

August 21–22
SEGD Exhibition & Experience Workshop
—Washington DC

The SEGD Exhibition & Experience Design Workshop is a two-day event with focus on current design methodologies and trends for exhibition and experience design. The event is designed to bring together an interdisciplinary audience of designers, architects, technology, museum and exhibit professionals, through onsite tours, lectures and breakout trend discussions on key areas of this convergent and incredibly diverse area of contemporary environmental graphic design practice.

Through August 31
BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp
—Fire Island Pines, New York

The BOFFO Art Camp on Fire Island will be a culmination of artistic presentations contextualized by the history and culture of The Pines. Events and programs include sunset musical performances, art exhibitions, experimental food presentations, movie screenings, painting workshops, craft lessons and more. The BOFFO Art Camp will be open to the public in hopes of adding a positive cultural influence to its inhabitants of the island. BOFFO will present a community driven artist residency program where seven artists are selected to create a body of work that enriches and informs. These programs will provide a constant activity that will engage the diversified friends and family of Fire Island. The series of programs and works will provide moments to reflect, celebrate and memorialize the perseverance of those on Fire Island.

October 13–16
Adaptive Path's UX Intensive Workshop
—Brooklyn, New York

Our popular four-day workshop series designed to build skills in Strategy, Research, Service Design and Interaction Design. Fun and hands-on. "I would highly recommend UXI to any designer looking to build their toolkit, expand their designer network and move into doing more strategic design work." —Megan Erin Miller, Stanford Web Services.

Through July 31
Century: 100 Years of Type in Design
—New York, New York

Interest in type, typefaces, typography and fonts has grown far beyond the graphic design community, yet few truly understand how and why these vital components of design are created and applied. This exhibition, organized by Monotype and designed by AIGA Medalist and Pentagram partner Abbott Miller for the AIGA National Design Center, celebrates 100 years of type as a constant influence in the world around us. Gathering rare and unique works from premier archives in the United States and London, "Century" will serve as the hub of a series of presentations, workshops and events held at the AIGA gallery as well as the Type Directors Club and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at Cooper Union in New York City. The "Century" exhibition features a range of artifacts representing the evolution from typeface conception to fonts in use. Typeface production drawings by the preeminent designers of the last 100 years, proofs, type posters and announcement broadsides are supplemented by publications, advertising, ephemera and packaging.

July 31
Comprehensive Design + Science: Vision for St. Louis and the Great Lakes Region
—St. Louis, Missouri

Join The Buckminster Fuller Institute to examine the challenges and opportunities facing St. Louis and the Great Lakes Region as it seeks resilient solutions to the effects of climate change. This half-day program will present visionary and practical ideas at the intersection of architecture, design, technology and activism. From community renewal to watershed management, these each project represents a systemic approach to addressing critical urban issues.

Through August 3
Other Primary Structures, Others 2
—The Jewish Museum, New York, New York

Other Primary Structures revisits the premise of and builds upon the Museum's seminal 1966 exhibition Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, the first American museum exhibition to survey the style now known as Minimalism. Primary Structures introduced the public to such artists as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Walter De Maria, Robert Morris and others—figures unknown at the time but soon to become synonymous with a radically new approach to sculpture. Nearly 50 years later, Other Primary Structures, will revisit this formative moment in art history while also reexamining the period from today's far more global perspective. Presented in two parts, Other Primary Structures will be on view from March 14–August 3, 2014. Others 2 will present work created between 1967 and 1970, some of which was directly influenced by the 1966 Primary Structures exhibition at The Jewish Museum.

Through August 8
Akio & Friends
—San Francisco, California

Japanese Master Potter Akio Nukaga returns to Heath San Francisco for a special showcase of his latest work, made specially for this show. If you're a long-time fan, see the evolution of his glazes and shapes. If you're new to Akio's work, experience the all-too-rare combination of sublime craft married with extraordinary design that marks this acclaimed potter's creations. Accompanying Akio's ceramic work are items by Akio's friends in Japan. See new sculptural and functional work in wood from Hideki Takayama ("Taka"), along with versatile, hand-dyed Japanese cotton cloths—known as tenugui. Make a weekend of it: Celebrate craft and design with an opening reception on July 11; watch Akio in a throwing demonstration on July 12 at 11am and participate in a wooden spoon workshop by Taka at 2pm.

August 16–17
Bike Cult Show
—Knockdown Center, Queens, New York

Once again, Core77 is pleased to be the media partner for the Bike Cult Show, New York City's annual celebration of handbuilt bicycles and the craftspeople behind them. Now in its second year, organizers Harry Schwartzman, Dave Perry and Benjamin Peck are bringing the two-day bike extravaganza to the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, a 50,000 sq. ft. event space that will host an impressive (and still growing) roster of exhibitors from the Northeast region over the weekend of August 16–17.

Through August 22
Dominican Design Day Events
—Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Honoring Dominican Design Day, the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC, for its name in spanish) and Spanish Cultural Center (CCESD, for its name in spanish) will host a national design event from July 11 through August 22 with the purpose of exhibiting Dominican design and demostrating the importance of design for third world economies. More than 20 workshops and conferences during this event are open to the public and free of cost.

September 11–January 10, 2015
Urban Plunge: New Designs for Natural Swimming in Our Cities

Urban Plunge explores both existing schemes and future visions for river swimming in the heart of our cities. Commissioned by Roca London Gallery, it showcases international design and architectural projects that transform urban rivers into public leisure spaces, giving people an exciting new, water-level perspective on their metropolis. Curator Jane Withers, a design consultant and co-founder of Wonderwater, has selected five key projects to illustrate architecture and design's role in radically changing river usage, challenging our attitude to the urban water environment.

September 14–21

Since 2009 ECOWEEK has been organizing week-long events for students and young professionals—primarily architects and designers—within the construction sector with a focus on sustainability. These events are one-week boot camps combining workshops with lectures from some of the most prominent architects, engineers, urban planners etc. in the field.

Through September 19
Cecil Beaton at Home
—Salisbury Museum, United Kingdom

Following sellout shows on Whistler and Constable, Salisbury Museum presents an innovative biographical view of legendary designer, photographer and artist, Sir Cecil Beaton, throuhg his two Wiltshire homes. Simultaneously a retreat, an inspiration and a stage for impressive entertaining, they also fueled his passion for gardening and delight in village life.

Through September 20
Architecture for Dogs
—Zhi Art Museum, Chengdu, China

The Architecture for Dogs exhibition makes its way to the People's Republic of China for the first time this month with the upcoming opening at Zhi Art Museum, in Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan. The opening event takes place on Monday, July 21, at 2:30pm. Stay tuned to the Architecture for Dogs website for photo and video content from the exhibition.

September 26–28
NY Art Book Fair 2014
—MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens

Printed Matter presents the ninth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 26 to 28, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines. Last year, the fair featured nearly 300 booksellers, antiquarians, artists and independent publishers from 26 countries and was attended by more than 27,000 people.

Through October 6
Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism
—Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California

Brimming with a dazzling array of vintage furnishings, textiles, wallpapers, ceramics, posters, dinnerware, photographs and more, Designing Home will feature the work of over 35 creative professionals who helped spark America's embrace of midcentury modernism, a bold new direction in design and thought. The exhibition will highlight the essential contributions of both well-known designers and architects, among them Anni Albers, George Nelson and Richard Neutra; as well as others whose fascinating life stories and important contribution have received much less critical attention, such as Ruth Adler Schnee, Marguerite Wildenhain and Alex Steinweiss. Designing Home will also examine significant patrons, merchants and media figures who helped disseminate the midcentury modern aesthetic and worldview to a broad audience.

Through October 12
NYC Makers Open
—MAD, New York, New York

MAD will inaugurate NYC Makers Open, an exhibition that spotlights the creative communities thriving across the five boroughs today. The first exhibition to be organized under the leadership of MAD's new director, Glenn Adamson, NYC Makers Open will showcase the work of approximately 100 makers—highly inventive artisans, artists and designers who create objects or environments through exquisite workmanship and skill.

October 13–15
—Chicago, Illinois

At BarnRaise, we will bring together designers, entrepreneurs and social visionaries to amass the creative energy of an entire city to build something new. What could happen if we gathered as problem-solvers from Chicago and beyond to put our minds and hands to work to imagine the future? What could we create and build in two-and-a-half days? What kind of creations could we make and what future could we inspire? This October, we will be networking leading design firms (such as gravitytank, Conifer Research and Greater Good Studio) to rally around one social problem. At BarnRaise, you can plan on actively participating and learning new tools for your design tool belt. Join a team, hunker down at a local design firm's office, and create digital and physical prototypes together. We'll build until the final bell rings, at which point, we’ll share our prototypes for all to see in a public exhibit. Local partners will be equipped. Cheering will ensue.