Faculty News

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

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.

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

The Design Innovation prize was awarded to Haworth for its development of Bluescape technology, an interactive touchscreen wall. The Design for Humanity award went to Judith Heerwagen for her pioneering research in biophilia, which examines how building and workplace design influence organizational effectiveness. Architect Amy Campos of California College of the Arts in San Francisco took home the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award for her professional accomplishments, innovative teaching methods, and successful interior design practice.

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Ford and IDSA have teamed up to bring you "Designing Innovation"—a panel discussion on design featuring Nathan Shedroff of the California College of the Arts, Yves Béhar of fuseproject, Jordan Brandt of Autodesk and Freeman Thomas of Ford Motor Company. Check out the video above to see what they have to say about the role of technology in design, shaping consumer behaviors and responses to innovative products and how products stand out from and fit in with the world around them (among many other things, of course).

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review 2.1 and 2.2
CreateSpace, 2014
Paperback and online, $11.95
Issue 2.1 print / online
Issue 2.2 print
/ online

Star 82 Review is an art and literature magazine founded and edited by Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden. Out now: issues 2.1 and 2.2!

“We’ve got color in the spring for issue 2.1, featuring a new poem by the wonderful Joanne Kyger,  photos by Mary Daniel Hobson that look like tattoos, but aren’t, and graffiti photos and stories and poems that revolve around individuality. Layered and worthy of multiple readings, these pieces deal with contradictions and alternate identities.”

Issue 2.1 features CCA alumnus Jønathan Lyons (MFA Writing 2005), who has created an erasure text from two pages of Frankenstein. 

Of issue 2.2, Golden says: “Like rivers, rocks, and beaches, the pieces in the summer issue 2.2 are about surviving, but also show how we take care of one another, how we often judge too quickly, how we discover compassion and hope: this is an eclectic, colorful mix of writing and art, from poems assembled from gravestones to portraits on toast.”

Issue 2.2 features CCA alumna Bonnie S. Kaplan (MFA 1991).

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Art Fare: Andy Freeberg
Sojourn Books, 2014
Hardcover, 88 pages, $50

Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish designed this book of photographs by Andy Freeberg; it is the very first title published by Sojourn Books. In the pictures, Freeberg depicts dealers and their workers at the major art fairs in Miami, New York, and Basel.

Freeburg says: “Gallery owners and their staff are usually hidden behind large entry desks and closed office doors. But at the major art fairs I’ve visited, like New York’s Armory Show and Art Basel in Miami and Switzerland, they’re in plain view in their booths. As if on stage, you can see art dealers meeting with collectors, selling and negotiating, talking on cell phones, working on laptops, and manipulating touch screens in 21st century postures newly adapted for the latest electronic devices. I found the lighting, costumes, and set design excellent for photographing these living dioramas, where the art world plays itself.”

More images of the design: https://www.behance.net/gallery/Art-Fare/15506285

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies
Left Coast Press, 2014
Paperback, 272 pages, $34.95

Critical Studies faculty member Patricia G. Lange wrote this academic ethnographic monograph on understanding kids’ everyday engagement with new media. Debunking the stereotype of the self-taught computer whiz, Lange describes the collaborative social networks kids use to negotiate identity and develop digital literacy on the 'Tube. Her long-term ethnographic studies also cover peer-based and family-driven video-making dynamics, girl geeks, civic engagement, and representational ethics. This book operates in the realms of new media studies, communication, science and technology studies, digital anthropology, and informal education.

The book was recently profiled on Henry Jenkins's blog.

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Lina Bo Bardi: The Theory of Architectural Practice
Paperback, 2014
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 Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Lady Problems
SheBooks, 2014
E-book, free to members

Writing faculty member Faith Adiele wrote this book based on her personal experience as a Nigerian-Nordic-American woman who develops fibroids while in rural Iowa at the Iowa Writers’ W

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Emily’s Blue Period
Roaring Brook Press, 2014
Hardcover, 56 pages, $17.99

Illustration faculty member Lisa Brown illustrated this book about a young girl who loves Picasso and uses her own art to come to terms with her parents’ divorce. School Library Journal says: “The pencil and watercolor illustrations are appropriately muted, sticking to a soft blue, green, and brown color scheme with highlights of yellow and red. The subtle addition of some digital imagery creates lively, relatable illustrations.”

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy
McSweeney’s McMullens, 2014
Hardcover, 32 pages, $14.95

Illustration faculty member Lisa Brown illustrated and designed this picture book that collects 29 “myths” about a small-town pharmacy, delivered by a young pair of siblings who are obsessed with this mysterious establishment. Booklist says: “Brown paints the pharmacy a drab gray that permeates the rest of the story like a dense fog, and her children, dressed in yellow, orange, and red, stand out against the inky obscurity like the incisive investigators they are.”