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Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

Unlike many traditional colleges and universities, the most tangible asset of an art and design education is the distinctive structure and style of teaching and learning that occurs daily on our campuses, across all disciplines. It's the kind of pedagogy that many traditional schools are beginning to recognize and strive to incorporate into their practice.

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Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 by Laura Braun

Artist, educator, and human rights activist Claudia Bernradi, works at the intersection of art and conflict. For 30 years, Claudia has participated in investigations of human rights violations, working with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team in Argentina, Buenos Aires. From this experience, she recognized that art could be used to articulate the communal memories of survivors of human rights atrocities. The Disappeared Are Appearing Mural Project was created by relatives of those who disappeared during the military dictatorship in Argentina.

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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.”

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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

You may know the 41-year-old Oakland resident from his much-lauded 2012 Smithsonian installation, En-Lightening—a room composed of handcrafted tiles, LED lights, and a single chair. The piece attempts to replicate the effects of meditation, such as tranquility and stillness, and emerged from the pressure his family put upon him to embrace their religion. Dong cites the experience of creating En-Lightening as essential to his personal growth.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Architect Katherine Lambert—of the California firms Lambert MacDonald and Metropolitan Architectural Practice—and her business partner and creative collaborator, filmmaker and academic Christiane Robbins, had been looking for a plot of land on which to build when they learned about the property. Despite their immediate interest in the building, they were also “a bit frightened,” Lambert says, given the fact that old-growth redwood had long since ceased to be commercially available. “The house was derelict and felt really sad,” Lambert says. “Some friends said, ‘Are you crazy?

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Despite this, and its steep asking price of $789,000, the house attracted the interest of Christiane Robbins and Katherine Lambert, partners in the San Francisco architectural firm MAP, Metropolitan Architectural Practice. The friends and business partners were struck by the beauty of the home’s structure. They also noticed that the same group of about six people attended all three of the home’s open houses. “It was strange,” says Ms. Robbins.

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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.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

He was a respected teacher at SFAI and California College of the Arts but his best known series brought him back to his home town. The Valley was born of a Maxim magazine assignment to document a porn star at work in a film. He continued by photographing multiple shoots in the San Fernando Valley, images often titled by street location: Chandler Blvd. Instead of obviously sexualized or sensational shots, Sultan documented the actors waiting and waiting, wearing heavy make-up and unlikely costumes.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

Something is changing at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco, California. In fact, it’s perpetually changing — a light installation by Future Cities Lab (FCL) called Lightswarm is continually modified in relation to auditory data collected from the lobby of the YBCA and the city beyond. The individual modules that make up the sweeping collection of luminaries were each assembled from 3D printed components with laser cut skins created from paper and recyclable PET plastic.

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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

We also spoke to Maeght’s S.F.-native co-curator Natasha Boas, who once lived at Survival Research Laboratories’ Mission compound, has taught at California College of the Arts, and curated 2013’s Mission School retrospective at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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