David Gissen is a historian and theorist of architecture, His work focuses on developing a novel concept of nature in architectural thought and developing experimental forms of architectural and urban historical practice. He is the author of the books Subnature (2009) and Manhattan Atmospheres (2014) and numerous essays and book chapters. He is an associate professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.Read the rest
California College of the Arts architecture student Lujac Desautel re-examines traditional yacht design with GLASS, a beautifully minimalist concept that utilizes stacked levels to create a sleek, sculptural form. Inspired by interlocking LEGO blocks as wall as the architecture of skyscrapers, the ship is organized vertically by three cubic volumes, allowing for the maximizing of living space for guests and crew members.Read the rest
GLASS is a luxury yacht concept with a minimalist design inspired by skyscraper architecture. The yacht features a front staircase that goes all the way down to the waterline, and a stacked superstructure inspired by interlocking LEGO blocks. GLASS was designed by California College of the Arts architecture student Lujac Desautel.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Lina Bo Bardi: The Theory of Architectural Practice
Routledge, 280 pages, $49.95
The architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) has long been considered one of the major modern architects of the 20th century in Brazil. But her major writings on architecture have not been translated, and are not well known. This book contains the first English-language translation of Propeadeutic Contribution to the Teaching of Architecture Theory, a seminal text from 1957. It is arguably the first published writing on architecture theory by a practicing woman architect.
Accompanying the translation is an introductory essay by Interior Design Program chair Cathrine Veikos that interprets Bo Bardi’s text as a critical and constructive theory of architecture built from a collection of textual and visual artifacts.
The translation contextualizes Bo Bardi’s work theoretically, taking into account the specific historical sources and contemporaneous discourses from which it draws. With comparisons to other important architectural pedagogies and theoretical texts of the period, it is also an inquiry into the nature of architecture history and theory, its role in education and its relation to practice.
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Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Laura Braun
In the second significant departure this week from the Syracuse University School of Architecture, professor Jonathan Massey has been named the Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA). Massey, who chaired the Bachelor of Architecture program at Syracuse from 2007 to 2011, succeeds Ila Berman in the position.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Simon Hodgson
David Gissen, Mound of Vendôme
Whereas most folks look at Paris and see the Eiffel Tower and the river Seine, the architectural historian and CCA faculty member David Gissen sees many different Parises, sequenced and layered, pockmarked and potholed by history.
Gissen has an eye for the vestigial histories of cities and their landscapes -- the parts that are buried, forgotten, or unseen. The decay of 1970s Manhattan, the underwater landscape of London’s River Thames, and the revolutionary landscapes of the Paris Commune have all come under his idiosyncratic scrutiny.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Jim Norrena
CCA's Architecture division is pleased to announce Formations Summer 2014.
What Is Formations?
Formations is a series of week-long workshops offered in August that are open to current CCA students, working professionals, and other members of the broader architectural community.
Each project-based workshop focuses on a specific set of techniques:Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Laura Braun
Amy Campos is the founder of San Francisco-based Amy Campos Architect (ACA), an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that views every project as an opportunity to improve the way we work, live and play. Her innovative approach to interior design has proven successful in her practice and in the classroom. Campos has taught architecture, urban design and interior design at several prestigious design institutions and is currently an assistant professor at the California College of the Arts.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by Jim Norrena
With revenue in excess of $24 billion and having more than 44,000 employees worldwide, Nike Inc. is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.
For those California College of the Arts alumni who went to work at Nike, they describe their careers as innovative, creative, and truly rewarding.
CCA Prepares Alumni to "Just Do It"
CCA's alumni at Nike attribute their successful careers to their CCA education.
According to Industrial Design chair Sandrine Lebas: "The college offers courses that delve into soft goods and wearables, technology and user interface, crafts and making, and even bike-frame design and building; all with an emphasis on user-centric research, sustainability, market context, and entrepreneurship."Read the rest
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 by Laura Braun
“The joke for years has been that we have all the worst buildings by the brand-name architects,” David Meckel, director of research and planning at California College of the Arts, told me way back in 2001. “In the future there are going to be first-rate buildings to see, but not yet.”Read the rest