Architecture News

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Gregory HURCOMB: This interdisciplinary studio looked to examine the nature of surfaces, color, light and space through the
instigation and eventual transformation of California College of the Art’s main nave space. By utilizing different
digitally and analogue driven techniques such as scripting, collage, physical modeling, photography, rendering, and
drawing, the studio sought to explore the interstices between interior design, installation, art, and architecture.

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Allison Byers

To support their burgeoning practice, both partners teach architecture at the California College of the Arts. Gattegno and Johnson have collaborated with various experts—material engineers, computer interface designers, and paleobiologists—as they have pursued a range of efforts: design/build projects, the prototyping of digital and electronic technologies, and beta-testing in many contexts, including a small host of gallery installations and temporary structures.

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Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Chris Bliss

AIASF winners Matt Adams (MArch 2011) and Liz Lessig (MArch 2012)

It was a CCA lovefest at the AIA San Francisco Design Awards 2013 on Thursday evening, April 25.

Every year AIASF and the local architectural community gather to celebrate exceptional projects. The gala honors the best of Bay Area architectural design and recognizes achievement in a broad range of architectural work.

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Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

From March 21 to 24, 2013, CCA played host to the 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Co-chaired by CCA Director of Architecture Ila Berman and Yale University's Ed Mitchell, the conference -- nicknamed ACSA 101 -- welcomed educators and professionals from across the globe to come together and discuss ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought.

ACSA is a nonprofit association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education through the support of member schools, their faculty, and students. This support involves encouraging dialogue among the diverse areas of the discipline; facilitating teaching, research, and scholarly and creative works through intra/interdisciplinary activity; articulating the critical issues forming the context of architectural education; and fostering public awareness of issues in the field.

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