Summer Session 2016

Continuing CCA student registration for on-campus summer courses March 4-27; registration for nondegree students begins on March 28.

333: Architecture Summer Studio: How to Live Together

Instructors: Visiting Artist, Pier Vittorio Aureli, DOGMA, Yale, AA; Neeraj Bhatia, The Open Workshop, CCA
San Francisco / 15 sessions / ARCHT–444 / MARCH–604
Prerequisite: Undergraduate: completion of at least one year of Architectural studies; Graduate: permission of graduate department chair
July 25-August 12, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

This studio examines new forms of domestic space, using San Francisco as its test site. Focusing on current issues of inequality and the legacy of the Bay Area’s countercultural movements, communal housing experiments, and migratory populations, the studio uses form and typology as the instigator to rethink domestic spaces that counter dichotomous conditions such as private/public, living/working, production/reproduction. In essence, we will design new models for how to live together through large-scale forms of representation -- drawings, etchings, and paintings.

Domestic space could be considered a political space because, more than any other space, it best represents the ethos, or the “habitual”, namely a pattern of daily routines that defines the formal structure of life. For this reason, domestic space can be assumed as the most accurate seismographer of the political condition of our time. The subsumption of society into productive powers for capital now involves the incorporation of all subjective potential, the capacity to communicate, to feel, to create, to think, or to establish relationships. Production now takes place outside of the factory or the office and now situates itself in various social relationships. This is why these relationships, their organization in space, and the ethos they produce are not only important, but the quintessential element to understand, if we are to identify new modes of living that can counter the effects of capitalism. San Francisco’s current housing crisis has already promoted new forms of living and living together -- micro-units, communes, dormitories, mobile housing, hacker hostels, tent cities, amongst others.

Led by Pier Vittorio Aureli, a leading figure examining the role and relationship between architectural form, politics, and the city, this studio will use these domestic models as a starting point to instill the political within the architectural. (3 credits)

This course satisfies 3 units of Advanced Studio, a Studio Elective for BArch students; for MArch students, this course satisfies an architecture Elective.

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. His work focuses on the relationship between architectural form, political theory, and urban history. Together with Martino Tattara, he is the co-founder of Dogma. Since the beginning, Dogma has developed a specific interest in large-scale interventions and in urban research by participating in international competitions and by working with municipalities and other public parties. Aureli teaches at the Architectural Association where he is Diploma Unit Master, lecturer in the History & Theory Program and Director of the PhD Program by design. He has taught at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam where he was PhD Supervisor and Coordinator of the “City as a Project” PhD Program, Columbia University in New York, TU Delft, Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland, Barcelona Institute of Architecture. Aureli is the author of several books including The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Capitalism (2008), and The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011).

Design / Make / Fabricate - Part 2

Instructor: Meghan Dorrian
SF / 15 sessions / ARCHT-540-01 / MARCH-640-01
PrerequisitesUndergrad: Architecture Studio 3 (ARCHT-303) or Interior Design Studio 3 (INTER-300). Grad: N/A
July 25-August 12, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Funded by the city of San Francisco through the Pavement to Parks program, the site specific, design-build work will endeavor to augment the neighborhoods spatial environment and activate positive use of Tunnel Top Park, a 30,000 sq.ft site on the corner of 25th and Pennsylvania. Tunnel Top Park is a recently reclaimed deluge space conceived by a grassroots group of active neighbors. The summer course will springboard from the research of a Fall semester investigation in Active Urbanism, and a Spring Semester design and prototyping course where four designs were proposed and tested at 1:1.

The Summer intensive build session will execute a single design over the course of three weeks, with prefabrication occurring at CCA and culminating in the on-site installation of a seating/shade/light structure for the community of Tunnel Top Park. The course will investigate both traditional and digital fabrication techniques and focus on the process of making, construction management, design detailing, and documentation.

Students may need to purchase additional materials at their own expense.

This course satisfies 3 units of Advanced Studio, a Studio Elective, or a BT Elective for BArch students; for MArch students, this course satisfies an Architecture Elective or BT Elective.

Meghan Dorrian has worked professionally in fabrication and architecture since 2007, specializing in material specific fabrication in steel, concrete and timber.  She has worked at Face Design & Fabrication in Brooklyn, NY, Chris French Metal, in Oakland, Concreteworks, in Oakland, and her own practice, Young America Creative.  She received her Bachelors of Architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Masters in from the Architectural Association via the program Design & Make.  She has taught at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

The following summer study-abroad course also satisfies an Architecture Studio Requirement:
Berlin Mechanisms_Behind the Production of Public Space