Dana Harel was born in 1970, raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, and works in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from California College of the Arts. Her recent solo exhibitions have been at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Herzliya, Israel. Harel’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito; the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose; Napa Valley Museum in Napa, and Root Division and Gen Art, both in San Francisco.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Laura Braun
I built this Eames-like chair without touching a single traditional woodworking tool. No, it's not because I'm some kind of Luddite. I just love the immediacy of rendering a chair with 3D modeling software and then cutting out the parts with a CNC machine. Everything snaps together like flat-pack furniture, but without the cheesy fasteners—just mechanically sound through tenons and lap joints. The manufacturing process takes 2 hours.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Jim Norrena
Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 by Rachel Walther
Frank Merritt and Teri Gardiner [Photo: Rachel Walther]
Frank Merritt (Architecture 1999) and Teri Gardiner (Graphic Design 2001) are both CCA alumni. Merritt is a principal at Jensen Architects, based in San Francisco. Gardiner is the marketing and communications manager at Richmond Art Center; she also maintains an active freelance graphic design practice.
They met through mutual CCA friends and married in 2009. They live in the lower Nob Hill / upper Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco and run the alternative/experimental gallery Ramon’s Tailor, located at 628 Jones Street.
CCA: What was the inspiration for starting Ramon’s Tailor in 2011? You are already both very busy people!
Frank: Ironically, the inspiration came out of working really long days. I was overwhelmed. I love my job -- I get to be creative and work with great people -- but I wasn’t making time for myself.
Then I read about Ray Oldenburg’s concept of a “third place.” In addition to your workplace and your home, he says, to have a good life balance you need a third space: the barbershop, the gym, anything.Read the rest
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