Architecture News

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Most call centers are the antithesis of unpredictability and stress, yet Airbnb’s Customer Experience (CX) hub couldn’t be more different. From standard website issues to lost apartment keys, Airbnb travelers call CX agents with uniquely challenging problems. With that in mind, Airbnb’s internal environments designers Aaron Taylor Harvey and Rachael Yu set out to design a new CX center in Portland to house 250 employees serving over 150 thousand listings across North America.

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

The Space Weaver is a machine that prints large structures in three dimensions, using a 3-axis gantry system and super glue hardened fibrous materials. Created by Prerna Auplish, Evan Bowman, and Ryan Chen from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts, the Space Weaver was designed to create large, ultra-lightweight woven structures with a high strength-to-weight ratio and no support structures, while producing no waste.

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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Most recently, Future Cities Lab's Theater of Lost Species and Hydraspan projects were exhibited in the Dissident Futures exhibition (October 18, 2013–February 2, 2014) at YBCA. In 2012, their HYDRAMAX Port Machines project was exhibited at SFMOMA, and they exhibited their work at the 2009–2010 Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale and the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Laura Braun

Two ingenious students at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Evan Bowman and Ryan Chen, have brought together these two game-changing technologies, automated weaving and 3D printing, in their 3D weaving machine for their Creative Architecture Machines Advanced Studio course in CCA’s Digital Craft Lab under the guidance of their professors, Michael Shiloh and Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab.

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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.