Architecture News

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Read this feature and many others in the fall 2014 issue of Glance, the college magazine.

Architecture faculty member Douglas Burnham’s architectural firm, envelope a+d, created the interim use of the CCA's back lot on CCA’s San Francisco campus.

“We conceived of the back lot as a kind of gridded game board populated by both designed and off-the-shelf movable playing pieces: greenery in tubs, 8-by-40-by-10-foot steel storage containers, a 100-foot-long picnic table that breaks down into modular components, trees in mobile planters, bicycle storage components, and so on," explains Burnham.

"The concept is that for the inaugural academic year, 2014–15, a “starter set” of pieces has been assembled with an emphasis on social uses of the space. In the fall, there is only one square of the board associated with a studio course: a demonstration-studio enclosure created with a pair of double-stacked containers.

"The coursework doesn’t actually take place in the containers, but outside, with the containers serving as spatial enclosures, and as storage when class isn’t in session.

“Next fall, more playing pieces will be provided, increasing the outdoor studio options and refining the campus-life components based on what we learn from this year’s experience.

"And at the end of every year, we’ll push all of the playing pieces to the edges of the lot and erect a big tent to house commencement events.”

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Even without the prosthetic, Robinson does many of the things kids his age like to do—play on the computer, compete on the swim team, study karate (he’s a green belt), and even throw perfectly round bowls on the pottery wheel. But in the coming weeks, Robinson’s prosthetic-free streak may come to an end. Last July, Robinson attended Superhero Cyborg Camp, a one-week design education workshop for kids with varying degrees of upper-limb loss.

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

In San Francisco, “speculative” architects are turning their attention to how buildings might be redesigned to accommodate local water sources and a changing climate.

In a bright and airy studio in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, Nataly Gattegno, a co-founder of the Future Cities Lab, introduces me to Hydramax.

Hydramax is a model of a theoretical structure (the word “building” doesn’t quite feel adequate; Gattegno calls it a “port machine”) designed for the San Francisco waterfront.

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Laura Braun

On November 2nd a group of architects, builders, students, makers, educators, inventors and designers packed in for the Creative Architecture Machines Colloquium at California College of the Arts. The talk was organized by Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab and brought together five practices working at the intersection of fabrication, computation, and making.

Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

However, it makes you wonder, what’s the point of all this? Why have these beautiful offices, meals for employees, open working environments, and the ability to come and go as you please? Why spend millions of dollars on such an extravagant office when these employees could just have easily worked out of some cheap warehouse instead? To help answer this question I spoke with Aaron Taylor Harvey who is the environments design lead at Airbnb, he and his fiancee are both architects and their job is to constantly think through and design spaces for the company.

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The CCA Digital Craft Lab is pleased to announce FORMATIONS 2014, an annual workshop series at CCA of software-based workshops for students and professionals, which will take place place on November 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hooper Graduate Center (184 Hooper Street) on the San Francisco campus.

FORMATIONS provides a platform for students and professionals in the design disciplines to explore new technologies in a hands-on workshop setting. Each year the focus of the event evolves to reflect emerging architectural research topics in relationship to new media.

Event Details

Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 1 to 2 p.m.
Eligibility:  The workshops are open to all students, faculty, and professionals in the design fields.
Cost: Each workshop costs $175 for professionals; $100 for non-CCA students and recent graduates (who graduated within the last 12 months and have a valid ID); $75 for CCA students, faculty, and alumni.
Hardware & Software: Attendees must bring their own laptop to the workshop. See software requirements below.
Questions: Review the FAQ, below.

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

In June CCA students from across multiple disciplines participated in CCA+AIR (Audi Innovation Research) Fellowship: Beyond Mobility, an intensive two-week design challenge that brought the Audi Group's leading designers -- and a host of other local designers -- to campus to hear students present about the next phase of creating luxury automobiles.

Architecture faculty members and Future Cities Lab partners Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson and Markus Auerbach from Audi AG’s AIR team spearheaded the event, which called for an interdisciplinary cross-section of program chairs to nominate students, who would then apply for the fellowship.

Auerbach emphasized daily a basic principle to which all Audi designers rely: “Humans have basic needs and rich desires.”

Students worked in teams and were instructed to keep the fundamental design consideration in mind as they envisioned the design of future automobiles for Audi AG, one of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers (along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world).

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Students participate in the exhibition "An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969"

Congratulations to CCA's Architecture division for its recent Graham Foundation grant award for its 2014 Experimental History Project, an interdisciplinary platform for exhibitions, research, and events exploring experimental practices of architectural and urban history.

About the Experimental History Project

In a written statement prepared by CCA Architecture faculty members Irene Cheng and David Gissen: "We define experimental history as historical inquiry that operates outside traditional scholarly production.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

"They’re in the kind of collective psychology of San Franciscans," Craig Scott, a founding partner of IwamotoScott, says of the three sites. "You see those structures from a long distance on the freeways or on the hilltops," he explains. "They have this kind of status--at least visually--as landmarks along the eastern side of the city."

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

The Geoweaver’s glue gun–like 3D printer extrudes fiber-reinforced concrete as it navigates terrain on six legs. A building plan transmitted through radio signals guides the machine’s activity via open-source software, cross-weaving lines of concrete to knit the fibers together. Its developers see the ’bot as a foreman of the future, with integrated sensors and GPS to perform site analysis and record soil data and topography.