Architecture News

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design
Gibbs Smith, 2012
Hardcover, 248 pages, $50

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) describes how architects and designers are breaking new ground on the West Coast, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials, and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the West. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors, and always contemporary, comfortable, and stylish.

Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco editor and writer specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. His work has appeared in Dwell, Interiors, Interior Design, California Home & Design, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has written several books, including San Francisco Modern and New Garden Design.

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Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

The design competition to bring fresh life to San Francisco's Fort Mason Center has been won by a team that proposes such twists as a floating pool and a pedestrian bridge to Marina Green.
Larger aspects include the conversion of an empty pier building into an art-themed hotel. But what set apart the team led by Holland's West 8 was its varied and often fine-grained approach to the 13-acre enclave, which is thronged on some days and all but empty on others.

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Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

It’s not uncommon for jewelers to draw inspiration from architecture, but Christopher Baas actually was a modeler of buildings before segueing into jewelry.

As an architecture student at California College of the Arts, he began experimenting with the digital software typically employed to design steel building frameworks, using it to create miniature edifices in the form of sculptural geometric cuffs. He teamed up with CCA interior design student Carleigh Wamberg to found Fathom and Form, and in May the Outer Richmond–based pair introduced their first full collection.

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Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Glen Helfand (in the green T-shirt) with CCA students and Creativity Explored artists

A hall of mirrors reflecting an artist's actual view of the world; sculptural train tracks coming out of the wall and into the gallery space; colorful, hanging text-mobiles that evoke psychologically charged word-clouds; a fashion magazine devoted to one fabulous model; and a pop-up shop selling equestrian-themed T-shirts, jewelry, and drawings:

These are the works that will be on view in Fabricators, the culminating exhibition for Glen Helfand's fall 2012 ENGAGE at CCA course, at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, December 12-22, 2012. The public is invited to the reception on Saturday, December 15, 3-5 p.m.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

Slip-in Urbanism, by Anesta Iwan

CCA Architecture student Anesta Iwan (BArch, 2013) received an honorable mention for her project design entered in “Reimagining Tall: Considering Context, Sustainability & Efficiency,” the second annual International Student Design Competition sponsored by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The goal of the 2012 competition was to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Allison Byers

Thinking about getting a masters degree but haven’t found the right field? California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco just made it easier, announcing three new graduate programs beginning in 2013, bringing the total number of post-professional offerings to eleven. The trio of curricula includes: a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and Landscape (MAUDL), a MFA in Comics, and a MFA in Film.

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Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 by Allison Byers

Techies beware or be-aware! The annual ACADIA conference rolled through San Francisco last weekend, and if you weren’t there, you missed a mind-blowing event.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

San Francisco's seemingly inevitable transformation into Silicon Valley's hipper, more bike-friendly older brother is already bringing a lot of changes to the city--higher rents, more private shuttle buses, increased frequency of Foursquare check-ins and a new kind of street festival.

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Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Allison Byers

Shortly after San Francisco's Urban Prototyping Festival opened Saturday, the garden planter-slash-urinal wasn't getting much business, but there was a sizable crowd watching the graffiti war unfold and kids were lining up to bounce on the LED-lit hopscotch.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Francesco's Fountain
Lulu, 2011
Paperback, 80 pages, $7.99

This book by Katherine Rinne (Architecture faculty) is historical fiction for young adult readers who are interested in art and cities. It tells the story of Francesco, a 12-year old apprentice stonemason who leaves his small village to go to Rome in 1748. He works on the Trevi Fountain with his uncle, who designed it, and some other young apprentices. His errands and work take him all over this city of confusing streets and alleys. While he and the other apprentices are fictional characters, his uncle, Nicola Salvi and the other architects and sculptors are real historical figures. Under the guidance of these men, Francesco learns how to inspect marble and how to carve sculptural details. He learns about aqueducts and fountains and solves the mystery of the stolen water. When Rome is flooded in 1750 he helps save the Trevi Fountain.

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