Architecture News

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Samantha Braman

Growing up on a wildlife preserve in California surrounded by farms, homesteaders, nature writers, and the Tahoe National Forest, Maria Ryan (Sculpture 2005) spent most of her time outdoors. When she got to CCA and heard about the availability of Center Student Grants, an idea germinated, and the outcome proved life-changing. She used the grant money to spend the following summer studying plants in the Sierra Nevada and teaching a complementary course, titled "Quilting Indigenous Plant Life of the Sierra Foothills." The project combined her love for nature, handwork, and textiles, and in the end led to the production of a public artwork.

"I used an abandoned building as a community center where I held classes for local children. I hired two guest teachers: one a Maidu woman, who taught the ecological and botanical value of each indigenous plant, and the other Louis Bluecloud, a skilled Mohawk artist who gave lessons in graphic pattern design by stenciling.

"Writing the proposal and seeing this project to completion, I recognized the strength that any project acquires through collaboration. I gained priceless experience, working to engage various factions of the community and utilizing local institutions as assets in the creative process."

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Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Last month the humanities and sciences division at California College of the Arts presented Water Works, an exhibition on the Oakland campus that showcased collaborative and independent student projects that featured water as the running theme.

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Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011 by Sarah Owens

CCA Architecture faculty members Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno won a 2010 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Faculty Design Award for Aurora, a collaborative project. Only three awards were issued this year. Juried winners are selected from a pool of over 5,000 faculty members from over 200 eligible academic institutions.

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Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 by Carol Pitts

aerial view of Athens

HYDRA CITIES: Athens, Greece

Studio at CCA: May 23–27, 2011 [1 week]

In Greece: May 30– June 10, 2011 [2 weeks]

Instructor: Nataly Gattegno (CCA eLAB)

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Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

The only collection of its kind at any art school in the country, the CCA Materials Library is an interdisciplinary space where students explore texture and engage imagination. Within its walls, fashion students envision constructing purses from heavy-duty conveyor belt textiles. Film students see high-performance sailcloth and imagine large-scale video projection screens. The idea is to inspire through tactile experimentation, and it's a pretty awesome place. Check out the video tour above. Many thanks to CCA alum Jake Sollins for taking us through the archive!

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Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to fifth-year Architecture students Bret Walters and Duncan Young, who received an honorable mention in the Urban Design Category of the CoARQ Competition, the top-rated international competition for architecture students, for their Atomized Library project.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Design by Christine Rode (Graphic Design)View slideshow 

Three CCA undergraduate students shared in raising over $3,000 in one night by helping to organize LifeStock, a music festival benefit that took place in Riverside, California, from July 31 to August 1. Architecture students Colin Deckner and Chris Bass designed the stage, while Graphic Design student Christine Rode designed the promotional materials.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sustainable Skyscrapers: Vertical Ecologies and Urban Ecosystems
CCA, 2010
Paperback, 64 pages, $25

The skyscraper is architecture's ultimate icon. The term itself conjures images of seemingly impossible, awe-inspiring loft, and as a design proposition the skyscraper raises some of architecture's biggest questions. Is it possible for a sense of community to develop among inhabitants of a vertical, stratified environment? What is the essence of a slender form? This book, the latest installment in CCA's Architecture Studio Series, documents several innovative answers by CCA students and faculty. It is designed by Mike Hu and Mai Ogiva, Graphic Design undergraduates in CCA's Sputnik studio, and edited by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) and Nataly Gattegno (Architecture faculty).

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Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Alum Rommel Taylor (BArch 1999) and SFNOMA instructor [photo: Jim Norrena]

SFNOMA may sound like the newest fashionable neighborhood in San Francisco, or even a new museum, but it stands for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, whose first Summer Architecture Workshop 2010, targeting middle-school students, took place on CCA’s San Francisco campus July 15–17.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 by Samantha Braman

You've surely heard the term "sister cities," but what does it actually mean? And here's an even tougher one: Name even one of San Francisco's sisters.

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