Project Highlights

Buoyant Ecologies

Buoyant Ecologies presents work from the fall 2014 CCA Integrated Building Design studio led by CCA Architecture faculty members Adam MarcusMargaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones.

The exhibition, the product of a unique collaboration between CCA and Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop, includes six student proposals for a floating expansion of the Pier 9 Workshop on San Francisco's Embarcadero.

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Buoyant Ecologies

Resilience by Design University

A two-day symposium that focused on resilience as a central tenet of design and included a Hackonthon with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Hosted by CCA and organized by CCA Architecture, Rebuild by Design, 100 Resilient Cities, NYU Institute for Public Knowledge, Penn Design, and the Urban Works Agency, in partnership with the Climate Readiness Institute and San Jose State University.

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Future Factories

A one-day symposium on experimenting at the edges of the next industrial revolution. Organized and hosted by CCA with support from Autodesk. Speakers included Skylar Tibbits (SJET LLC / MIT Self-Assembly Lab), Behnaz Farahi (University of Southern California), Amy Karle (San Francisco bio-artist and inventor), and Philip Ross (MycoWorks / Stanford University).  

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Future Factories

Oikonos Wildlife Restoration

CCA students worked in partnership with the Oikonos Wildlife Restoration program to protect the nests of an endangered bird species off the California coast. Students came together to design, build, and deploy clay nesting modules strong enough to withstand being inadvertently crushed by elephant seals on the beaches of Año Nuevo Island.

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Oikonos Wildlife Restoration

The Future is Up to Us 

A group of 100 economists, educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists from across the country joined CCA students, faculty, and staff for a day of presentations on topics such as climate change, conservation, ecology, global energy, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology and design blitzes to generate ideas and projects that use design and design thinking to contribute to the greater good.

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