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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Grace Lee

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Southern Exposure invites artists to submit work in response to a theme, which is selected to encourage as broad a range of artistic interpretation as possible. This year's theme, Passive/Aggressive, is chosen in response to the current cultural, economic and political climate and reflects how decisions are made when faced with extreme challenges. Artists are invited to submit work that responds to this idea in some way, shape or form.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Michael Cooper and his hot rodView slideshow 

Internationally known sculptor, machinist, and hot rod enthusiast, Michael Cooper came to teach how synthesis, rule breaking, and planning without a plan can be a truly liberating experience. Students were lead through a vast series of technical demonstrations and told to create parts/experiments and let the materials guide them through the building process. This approach was a radical departure from the standard design procedure that we train students to use and one that was liberating, exciting, and productive.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Clay Walsh

Today students on Team California take a break from giving house tours. In this photo, Annessa Mattson and Kyle Belcher discuss the house pre-tour with with American Institute of Architects (AIA) President-Elect George Miller. And speaking of tours, Solar Decathlon Director Richard King states that through the end of last weekend, about 40,000 visitors had toured the 20 homes on display at the National Mall. The Refract House has attracted lot of that activity; according to Kyle Belcher, about 8000 people have passed through!

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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Clay Walsh

Couldn't pass up the opportunity to congratulate CCA on a very exciting and recent accolade! BusinessWeek magazine has recently honored the MBA in Design Strategy Program here at CCA by including us on their list of the top 30 design programs in the WORLD. Their list represents the final results of extensive research and the polling of prominent academics, designers, consultants, and business managers on the best MBA or master's programs that significantly integrate design thinking and business. We're quite thrilled about this accomplishment!

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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Team California maintained its first place status with a decisive win in the communications contest today. The team received kudos for its website and other communications vehicles. The jury also praised the house tours--and with 500 people per hour going through Refract House this is a tremendous effort!

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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Huge crowds visit Refract House, flow through smoothly

California College of the Arts (CCA) and Santa Clara University (SCU), competing as Team California, maintained their lead in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this morning by winning the communications contest.

In addition to designing, building, and operating an attractive, functional, and energy-efficient solar-powered home, competitors must communicate the technical aspects of the house and the user experience to a wide audience via websites and the public exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC.

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Posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Team California took the lead in the Solar Decathlon this morning by winning the architecture contest with a score of 98 out of a possible 100, beating out powerhouses such as Team Germany, the 2007 winner of the Solar Decathlon, and Rice University.

Members of the media are currently swarming Refract House, with reporters from the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times interviewing Team California members. Project Manager Kyle Belcher, BArch 2009, will be on NPR's "All Things Considered" today, October 12, at 4:20 EST.

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Posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Refract House's strategically placed openings extend each living space to the outside

California College of the Arts (CCA) and Santa Clara University (SCU), competing as Team California, took the lead in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this morning by winning the architecture contest with a score of 98 out of a possible 100. Evaluating three main factors—architectural elements, holistic design, and inspiration—the jurors praised Team California's house as "beautiful in every respect." They commented specifically on its "excellent project documentation, crystal-clear concept, and successful translation of a regional architecture to Washington DC."

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Posted on Saturday, October 10, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Can't travel to Washington D.C. for the Solar Decathlon? You can see all the entries on a virtual tour posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon website. The tour of Team California's house features an interview with CCA architecture student Annessa Mattson.

While you're on the Solar Decathlon website be sure to vote for Team California for the People's Choice Award. Text HOUSE31 to 99503.

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Posted on Friday, October 9, 2009 by Chris Bliss

60 Minutes producers chose Team California's Refract House as the location for an interview with Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Correspondent Leslie Stahl was on hand to interview the secretary about the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The segment will air on a date to be determined.

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