Architecture News

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

But the most innovative project is Urbanism from Within, by California College of the Arts, which studies a number of strategies for reformatting the interiors of existing Victorian houses in San Francisco to create “in-law units.” Some of these include retrofitting garages to create high-ceilinged ground-floor apartments, maximizing the usage of gable spaces, and adding new street access to upper stories. These schemes are effective in spite of San Francisco’s almost impossibly restrictive zoning and development regulations.

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Associate Professor Andrew Cudless won the 2015 ACADIA Award of Teaching Excellence

Three CCA Architecture faculty members were included in The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture's (ACADIA) announcement for its 2015 election for the president of ACADIA, the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) editorial board, and the ACADIA board of directors.

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

In San Francisco, the latest tech office has the cultural prominence a lavish restaurant or fancy boutique would elsewhere. As the battle to entice technical talent continues, designers strive to outdo the competition with their imaginative environments. One of the latest entries is the Bloomberg Tech Hub, designed by the San Francisco–based firm IwamotoScott. The 20,000-square-foot space houses the financial-technology and media company’s West Coast research-and-development and venture-capital groups, envisioned for a staff of 100.

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

The story of water in the San Fernando Valley is the by-product of the American frontier to the West and the seemingly unattainable ambitions to protect the mythicized image of lush palm trees and turquoise swimming pools. But, the illusion of water is on the cusp of extinction.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Founders Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno boasts quite a few exhibitions and awards; they also teach classes at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley. 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Proposals that show structurally ambitious high rises built out of containers...neglect the most important facet of residential design: human comfort," says Mark Hogan, an architect and lecturer at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts (CCA) professor Jason Kelly Johnson’s student-led Swarmscapers are a model of how 3D-printing, autonomous robots could harness native on-site materials in a scenario envisioned by NASA.

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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.