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.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, November 21, 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?Read the rest
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.Read the rest
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.Read the rest
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.Read the rest
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.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Em Meine
Nathan Lynch, THE PERFECT CUP. Photo courtesy of THE THING Quarterly.
Nathan Lynch, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Program, has created a new edition of THE PERFECT CUP for THE THING Quarterly, a San Francisco periodical. The cups are shaped and glazed by hand, making each one earnest, unique, and lumpy in all the right ways. Are you one of those people still drinking out of a paper cup?
Read and see more: http://www.thethingquarterly.com/projects/lynch-pc2.htmlRead the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Laura Braun
On November 2nd a group of architects, builders, students, makers, educators, inventors and designers packed in for the Creative Architecture Machines Colloquium at California College of the Arts. The talk was organized by Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab and brought together five practices working at the intersection of fabrication, computation, and making.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by Laura Braun
Arranged in reverse chronology, the work on view is an expansive and comprehensive look at Sultan's practice, beginning with "Evidence" (1977), a group of found black-and-white photographs, sourced and decontextualized from the archives of corporations and government agencies made in collaboration with Mike Mandel.Read the rest