Architecture News

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

The newest yacht design by Oregon native Lujac Desautel is a majestic vessel that shimmers with a glass-encased deck, offering passengers the incredible experience of feeling close to the ocean. The California College of the Arts architecture student designed SALT with minimalistic principles and user experience in mind.  From a distance, the yacht looks like it’s made entirely of glass. A closer inspection reveals that the central deck is encased in a glass atrium, and the rest of the boat sparkles with a shiny white finish.

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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Jim Norrena

On Monday, March 9, members of CCA Architecture staff, faculty, and students came together on the San Francisco campus to discuss why the Black Lives Matter movement is important to its pedagogy -- and beyond -- as well as to the college’s over-arching initiative to promote diversity.

The Black Lives Matter Teach-In began with a standing-room-only presentation in Timken Lecture Hall on the San Francisco campus, and was followed by an organized teach-in held in the back of the Nave.

Among the various breakout groups were meaningful discussions that addressed specific curricular issues and challenges about how architecture as a discipline can address issues related to diversity.

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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Rinne, adjunct professor in the architecture program at California College of the Arts, is the author of The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City (Yale University Press, 2011). In her book, Rinne presents a unified vision of Rome during the Baroque period that links improvements to public and private water systems with political, religious and social change.

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Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

The show features large-scale drawings by CCA architecture students, who took on various typical San Francisco house styles and developed concepts for adding in-law units to their existing space. Marina-style homes—ubiquitous in the Bayview, one of the city's most affordable neighborhoods—are ideal for rear-yard additions, for instance. The Lifted Garden typological study, by Blake Stevenson, creates artificial topography in the backyard, by lifting up the yard and inserting a unit underneath.

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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

freelance architecture and yacht designer lujac desautel, well known for his nomination for the 2014 young designer of the year award by the boat international media, unveils the luxurious ‘SALT’ yacht to follow the ‘glass’ concept, envisioned in 2014. designed to provide passengers with a flexible, transparent and honest life aboard, its framework enables people to transform and engage the watercraft with the sea.

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Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session! Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

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Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

“I will sit and sketch and then will quickly try to make a digital draft, print something out, make another model, redline it, and then go back into the computer. It’s a feedback loop between analog and digital,” she said. Gattegno believes it is this fluidity between the two methods that promotes authenticity and originality.

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Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

What are the ethical boundaries for architecture? Architecture is one of the learned professions, like medicine or law. It requires a license, giving architects a monopoly over their practices, in return for a minimal promise that buildings won’t fall down. Raphael Sperry, the Bay Area architect who spearheaded the petition to the institute, thinks the public deserves more in return for that monopoly.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

As design visualization software becomes more ubiquitous and easier to use, the novelty of digital form for the sake of digital form is wearing off. These exponentially evolving conception and fabrication techniques can now be applied to existing design problems that do not traditionally involve digital technologies bring a fresh perspective to an established craft.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Jim Norrena

ACSA recently announced the 2014-15 Architectural Education Award Winners, and CCA Architecture faculty member Neal Schwartz is the recipient of the 2014-15 ACSA Diversity Achievement Award.

Each year ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service.

Schwartz won for his work with the Q-Arc initiative at CCA, part of a broader effort to expand diversity collegewide through the discussion of LGBTQ issues.

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