Architecture News

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Andrew Kudless may be a professor of architecture by profession, but he finds the title a little limiting. “Architecture has a history of being pretty promiscuous in terms of what we consider part of our discipline,” he says. “Art, science, math, design, finance, and engineering are all embedded in what we do.” As founder of the Oakland design studio Matsys and an instructor at the California College of the Arts, Kudless has long been interested in the slow seep of technology into fine art.

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Anchoring the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco, the Mobile Craft Module is a prototype for a series of flexible and reconfigurable mobile stations incorporating workshop and exhibition space in one, rolling craft module. Each module is partially open, with equally modular storage, exhibition and work spaces inside, using a plug-and-play system that allows for easy reconfiguring. The steel frame is clad in Cedar; as a branding touch, the cladding is cut robotically into a series of abstract shapes that happen to spell “CCA” if one looks from the right angle.

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

Data spatialization takes larges data sets—the types engineers, architects, scientists, and many other professionals can now simulate and visualize in three dimensions via software—into the physical world. It’s an emerging way of representing that data artistically, says Adam Marcus, an architect and artist who created the project with his three collaborators—Daniel Dean, John Kim, and Molly Reichert—at the design-and-build company Futures North.

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

Adaptive Playscapes is a collaborative project between KIDMob, Public Workshop, California College of the Arts, and the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco. The goal was to create a kid-built, mobile, modular play structure to be installed publicly on Market Street in San Francisco. For the partner organizations, the most important part was not the final product, but rather the design and building workshops that would lead up to the completion of the project.

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

The Mobile Craft Module, a product of the Prototyping Mobility Advanced Architecture Studio led by Adam Marcus at California College of the Arts, proposes an architecture of deployable structures that can be reconfigured to serve a variety of functions. The twin modules can be arranged in multiple ways to facilitate exhibition space, event space, and work space, and they nest together to become secure at night.

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Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Rachel Walther

Steven Miller (Interior Architecture 1992)

Throughout Steven Miller’s (Interior Architecture 1992) professional design career in San Francisco -- spanning more than two decades -- he’s been satisfying his clients with innovative design solutions that are always fresh and unique, with a style that’s distinctly West Coast.

In 2014, his firm’s design was chosen as House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year, and his gallery and fabrication space The NWBLK is partnering with a firm from New York that will enable them to expand the scale of their corporate events and gallery openings.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Miller always had an interest in furniture and interior design. “It’s in my DNA,” he explains. “My grandfather had a furniture store in the 1940s and 1950s on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.”

After an initial stint studying liberal arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder, “I took a semester off and went to New York for eight months. I lived in Manhattan and worked at Sam Flax Art Supply. I went to all the museums and met a lot of people working in the arts, including the cartoonist Gary Larson, who was a regular customer.”

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

One current AiR, Matt Hutchinson, is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts; he also has his own design and fabrication studio, called PATH. Hutchinson is particularly interested in exploring the relationship between design and fabrication, with a focus on the convergence of traditional techniques and digital processes. Understanding the capabilities of the laser cutter, in particular, was one of Hutchinson’s goals when he entered Pier 9 as an Artist in Residence.

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

David Meckel, director of research and planning at the California College of the Arts, said he’s pleased to see the new 55-bus line run directly to the campus.

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jim Norrena

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CCA’s Architecture division presents FORMATIONS Summer: A series of workshops for college students, professionals, and members of the broader architectural community.

Led by CCA faculty, these one-week-long workshops expose students to innovative methods and techniques of 3D modeling, modelmaking, computational design, and digital fabrication. 

This is a great opportunity for students who would like some additional exposure to new techniques, or a refresher on certain skills before the fall semester starts.

Workshops run Monday through 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and will have access to studio space, computer labs, woodshops, and fabrication labs.

Cost & Registration

Students: $395 per workshop

Professionals: $595 per workshop

Register now at the Formations website including additional details, workshop descriptions, and additional registration information. Register soon to ensure placement.

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Register now!

CCA’s Architecture division presents FORMATIONS Summer: A series of workshops for college students, professionals, and members of the broader architectural community.

Led by CCA faculty, these one-week-long workshops expose students to innovative methods and techniques of 3D modeling, modelmaking, computational design, and digital fabrication. 

This is a great opportunity for students who would like some additional exposure to new techniques, or a refresher on certain skills before the fall semester starts.

Workshops run Monday through 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and will have access to studio space, computer labs, woodshops, and fabrication labs.

Cost & Registration

Students: $395 per workshop

Professionals: $595 per workshop

Register now at the Formations website including additional details, workshop descriptions, and additional registration information. Register soon to ensure placement.

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