Architecture News

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

An architectural theorist observes that, unlike the Breuer Whitney, the new Renzo Piano building melds fluidly with its commercial environs—an area of semi-industrial chic mediated by the High Line park, formerly an elevated railway.

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Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Students from the California College of the Arts drew many of the plans. Architecture student Blake Stevenson named his design “The Lifted Garden.” It shows a terraced garden angled over a new in-law unit, which Stevenson imagines placing in the backyard of a two-story house.

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Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Kenney

CCA's Center for Art and Public Life has awarded IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards to three student-led projects aimed at solving real-world social needs within specific communities.

During the spring semester, six interdisciplinary student teams competed for three $10,000 grants to develop and actualize a socially innovative project. The IMPACT program encourages students across all disciplines to facilitate social change by applying their creative skills and implement solutions collaboratively with community partners.

The awards program supports the mission of The Center for Art and Public Life with the belief that community engagement is the cornerstone of a practice focused on changing the world.

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