Architecture News

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

Alternative Futures, an exhibition of visionary architectural designs inspired by the new LGBT senior housing project at 55 Laguna St., is on display on the third floor of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center through March 15, with a free reception open to the public on Sat., Feb. 8, from 1-3 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

Such alternative historical practices were the subject of a recent pair of events held at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, both sponsored by the school’s Masters program in Design Theory and Critical Practices. The first was an exhibition entitled An Olfactory Archive: 1100-1951, curated by David Gissen and designed by Brian Price and Matt Hutchinson, that explored scent as a medium of historical reconstruction.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

One such operation is being run at the California College of the Arts by Jason Kelly Johnson and Michael Shiloh. As part of the CCA Hybrid Lab, where computers are taught in a scrappy, DIY, hackerish way, "Creative Architecture Machines" aims to integrate computer programming into the design-build process with machines the students have created directly for architecture. "We treat the machine, code, and material exploration as equals," Johnson said.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Manhattan Atmospheres
University of Minnesota Press, 2014
Paperback, 240 pages, $30

From the 1960s to the early 1980s, New York’s great park networks; its sanitarian projects of light, air, and water; and its monumental public works were falling apart. Images of flooded streets, blackened air, collapsed highways, and burning buildings characterize our understanding of the city’s landscape throughout this period.

At the same time, architects reimagined interior spaces as a response to these urban disasters. In this book, Architecture faculty member David Gissen reveals this chapter in New York’s environmental history that was unfolding inside the city’s gleaming late-modern architecture.

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

On a crystal-clear June evening in summer 2013, the sun is setting in Marfa, Texas, and a dozen CCA students -- together with a dozen more students from two art schools in the Netherlands -- are settling into the evening rhythms of their tent city.

The tents are cozily nestled in the courtyard of a former officer’s club, long abandoned by the US military. Elsewhere in the building complex, an old bar has been converted into an ad hoc Internet lounge. A spookily empty ballroom houses a broken-down old piano. The kitchen has accommodated the making of many a communal dinner.

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 by Laura Braun

Last month I sat in on the reviews for a Creative Architecture Machines studio exploring the implications of 3D printing—in combination with the Maker Movement, a tech-influenced DIY community. This one was organized at the California College of the Arts (CCA) by professors Jason Kelly Johnson and Michael Shiloh. For the final review, they invited a cast of characters you could probably only assemble in the Bay Area, ranging from architecture nerds to technology geeks, including one Google executive wearing Glas and no doubt recording it all.

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Jia Wu, Mary Sek, and Jeff Maeshiro, students  at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, took on the task of developing a walking 3D printer. The result is Geoweaver, a hexapod robot with a glue gun extruder system. Hackaday has seen walking CNC machines before, but not a 3D printer. Geoweaver uses two servos on each of its six legs to traverse the land. 

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

David Gissen, an architect and architectural historian at the California College of the Arts, says the building fits Apple's product design.

"That building is so fascinating," he says. "The purity of that design — it invokes or recalls the types of products that Apple releases. It's seamless; it's beautiful."

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Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

Hydra Cities students and faculty at the Parthenon in Athens.

In summer 2011, MArch student Liz Lessig (MArch 2012) embarked on a summer travel studio in Athens. This opportunity, in addition to being a great learning experience, led her to form a close bond with Architecture faculty member Nataly Gattegno, who became Lessig’s thesis advisor as well as a friend and mentor.

Hydra Cities: Meeting Nataly Gattegno

It was the summer before her thesis year when Lessig took part in Hydra Cities, a summer study-abroad studio course in Athens led by Nataly Gattegno. Gattegno is currently an associate professor and chair of the Master of Architecture Program, and she was born and raised in Athens.

The course began in San Francisco, as the students investigated the history, culture, and ecosystem of the Mediterranean and Athens. They then traveled to Athens for two weeks.

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Allison Byers

On October 10, 2013, CCA hosted an OpenCo session, an event that announces itself as “a mix between a business conference and artist’s open studio with the vibe of a music festival.”

OpenCo launched in 2012 in San Francisco and has since expanded to four cities. At this year’s San Francisco edition, more than 3,600 attendees -- investors, marketers, job seekers, and curious neighbors -- visited 135 different companies and organizations, getting direct access to local innovation leaders in, you might say, their natural habitat.

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