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Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

Gensler (the founder) is a member of the advisory council of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, where he is an alumnus. He is also a trustee of the Buck Institute for Aging, the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

New Constellations, New Ecologies
ACSA, 2013

This book was coedited by Director of Architecture Ila Berman and Edward Mitchell and designed by Graphic Design faculty member Brett MacFadden of MacFadden & Thorpe. It ocuments the proceedings of the ACSA’s 101st annual meeting, which took place in spring 2013 at CCA (read more here).

Subtitled "New Constellations, New Ecologies," the hope for the conference was "to reset the agenda for architectural education." As a counterpoint to the 100th anniversary meeting hosted by MIT, the first American school of architecture, ACSA 101 took place at CCA, one of the younger architecture schools. The intention of this shift was to "resituate the issues facing architecture within the Bay Area's complex context: a global urban mega-region known for its technological innovation, ecological attitude, and social diversity, with cultural and economic influences coming from its position at the edge of the continent and its strong ties to the Pacific Rim."

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

"Serpentine" is a 3D clay printer prototype [photo: Future Cities Lab]

Alex Woodhouse (MAAD 2013) and Shawn Komlos (MArch 2014) are part of the Serpentine development team at Future Cities Lab, run by CCA Architecture faculty member Jason Johnson.

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Serpentine was awarded an editor's choice blue ribbon at the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire.

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

The "eggs" represent alternative fabrication procesess.View slideshow 

As part of Architecture's presence at the CCA booth at the 2013 Maker Faire, instructor Andrew Kudless presented 16 "eggs" students created during his advanced studio course.

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Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena

CCA's booth at Maker Faire received two Make magazine editor's choice awards

Ever since the college was founded in 1907, making art has defined what we do at California College of the Arts -- both what we create and how we create it.

Today we have a new challenge to how we create art. The Bay Area has become a vast melting pot of innovation driven by the demands of technology-reliant and design-savvy enthusiasts.

We live in the innovation corridor -- a unique stomping grounds where the doers and makers are integrating time-honored principles of craft into the ever-changing technological landscape.

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Allison Byers

California College of the Arts had a lot of neat projects to share. Oversized eggs made from different materials are exercises in getting to know the strength of materials, and how to work with them.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

When the house came up for sale, Ogasawara, then in Tokyo, received photos by Linda Janger, her real estate agent. Janger lived on the same street and knew that Ogasawara, who had completed her master's at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, loved this architectural period.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

In the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, I also came across a project called Proxy, which recovers the land left behind where a highway had been. After the Central Freeway was taken down, residents petitioned the mayor to do something with a few of the vacant lots it left behind. Douglas Burnham, a local architect who runs the firm Envelope A+D, proposed Proxy: a shifting, temporary campus of modified shipping containers hosting retailers, art galleries and cafes.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions
Actar, 2013
Paperback, 232 pages, $29.95

This book features the full array of images from the Museum of the City project by CCA Architecture faculty member David Gissen as well as an interview with Gissen and a chapter from his forthcoming book Manhattan Atmospheres.

Landscape Futures is edited by Geoff Manaugh and based on the 2011 exhibition of the same name at the Nevada Museum of Art. It explores the future of landscape studies by way of the technical intermediaries -- the instruments, devices, and architectural inventions -- through which humans have come to understand the built and natural environments.

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Lightweight School Structure for Bijagós Islands in Africa
by CCA Architecture Student Project Team
California College of the Arts architecture students are prototyping a prefabricated classroom for developing nations in the tropics.

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