Architecture News

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

URBANbuild local global
William Stout, 2009
Paperback, 464 pages, $60

Awarded the “AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers” competition as one of the top examples of outstanding book design in 2009.

This book is most notably a documentation of the work of URBANbuild, a program launched by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) to be a unique multiscaled laboratory for city research as well as a vehicle to generate innovative design strategies to aid in New Orleans's urban revitalization. This program primarily focused its investigations on culturally significant neighborhoods central to the core of the city that had been severely damaged, not only by Hurricane Katrina but also by a long history of neglect and urban decay. The book is coauthored by Mona El Khafif (Architecture faculty) and designed by Bob Aufuldish (Graphic Design faculty).

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Subnature: Architecture's Other Environments
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009
Paperback, 240 pages, $35

In this exploration of architectural literature and design from the 16th century to the present, David Gissen (Architecture and Visual Studies faculty) suggests an alternative view of environmental elements such as dust, mud, gas, smoke, debris, weeds, and insects. Looking beyond contemporary preoccupations with filtering out these "subnatural" forces, Subnature imagines a progressive architecture based on a radical new conception of natural processes and ecosystems and their relationships to human society. Gissen received a $10,000 Chalsty grant in support of this project.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Kuth/Ranieri Architects
Princeton Architectural Press, 2010
Paperback, 192 pages, $40

Featuring texts by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) and Mitchell Schwarzer (Visual Studies faculty), this installment of the New Voices in Architecture series documents the rise of Byron Kuth (CCA trustee) and Elizabeth Ranieri (Architecture faculty), described by San Francisco magazine as "the thoughtful, versatile, low-key, detail-obsessed exceptions" in "a world obsessed with an international cast of ego-driven starchitects." The book presents the breadth of their work, from the constructed to the theoretical, in stunning photographs and thought-provoking drawings.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Jean Tschumi: Architecture at Full Scale
Skira, 2009
Hardcover, 224 pages, $85

"While I was spending a research year living in Berlin in 2004," says Jasmine Benyamin (Visual Studies and Architecture faculty), "I was asked by Birkhauser to translate a French book on the California Case Study Houses. This was quite a surprise, because I am not a professional translator, but it was more important for them that I had an architecture background and also knew French." This led to two other editing/translating projects for Birkhauser, Sacred Buildings: A Design Manual (2008), and Bernard Tschumi (2008). The latter was a major effort—not only a translation, but also an overhaul of the original text to make it more relevant to an anglophone audience. Benyamin's most recent translation project is Jean Tschumi: Architecture at Full Scale. It is the first monograph on the Swiss architect Jean Tschumi (Bernard's father) ever to appear in English.

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Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 by Brenda Tucker

BAMscape, an installation created by CCA Architecture associate professor Thom Faulders for the central atrium of the Berkeley Art Museum, is an 1,550-square-foot sculpture/furniture/stage that invites direct physical interaction, with undulating curves for people to relax against and multiple electric outlets for plugging in laptops. Museum visitors, students, art lovers, and performance attendees are all invited to make themselves at ease here; even sitting with your coffee is OK, as it has been designed to withstand spills.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 by Brenda Tucker

Michael Chang's massing model I (final onsite model)View slideshow 

This past summer, as part of the Architecture curriculum, Urban Studio 3 students took a field trip to New York to study one of the many vast metropolises of the United States—Manhattan!

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Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 by Sarah Owens

IwamotoScott Architecture's tower design (part of the revitalize Lower Manhattan project, commissioned by Downtown Alliance) View slideshow 

CCA Architecture associate professor and coprincipal of IwamotoScott Architecture Craig Scott is among several architecture firms commissioned by the Alliance for Downtown New York to plan for the transformation of the Greenwich South section of Lower Manhattan. The plan entails new, innovative multiuse developments and greater optimization of the existing structures and public areas.

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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Cover: First issue of the MBA in Design Strategy *Student Annual: 2008–2009*View slideshow 

The Student Annual: 2008–2009, published September 13, 2009, marks the premiere issue of the annual publication that showcases student experiences and projects thus far completed within the first year of CCA’s inaugural MBA in Design Strategy program. The student-published annual also features a class profile, faculty interviews, and recorded discussions among students.

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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) and Santa Clara University (SCU), competing as Team California, were ecstatic this morning to win third place overall in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon. Team California beat out top universities such as Tufts University, Rice University, and Cornell University with its energy-efficient, beautiful, and comfortable solar-powered home, titled Refract House.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Huge crowds visit Refract House, flow through smoothly

California College of the Arts (CCA) and Santa Clara University (SCU), competing as Team California, maintained their lead in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this morning by winning the communications contest.

In addition to designing, building, and operating an attractive, functional, and energy-efficient solar-powered home, competitors must communicate the technical aspects of the house and the user experience to a wide audience via websites and the public exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC.

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