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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Chris Bliss

Harriet Street Student Residences

The Harriet Street Student Residences building in San Francisco has successfully achieved LEED platinum level -- the highest level of certification -- by the U.S. Green Building Council, an organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in sustainable building.

Some of the “green” features of CCA's Harriet Street Residences include 

  • Natural light and ventilation
  • Solar water heating
  • Stainless steel Energy Star appliances
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Low-flow fixtures
  • High recycled content
  • Reduced construction waste
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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

So, last week I popped by the gorgeous California College of the Arts campus in San Francisco. I took a little walk through the students’ studios, and there was so much good work hanging everywhere… but this studio stopped me in my tracks.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

On March 13, SoCal-based eyewear designer Oliver Peoples celebrated the opening of its Maiden Lane boutique in downtown San Francisco. In-demand Southern California architect Marmol Radziner fashioned the 800-square-foot space, showcasing his distinctive design aesthetic in every facet of the boutique. Art advisor Sabrina Buell and designer/entrepreneur Yves Béhar hosted the store opening in honor of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Working with the California College of the Arts, the group recently organized a Design Sprint in which teams of students created outreach campaigns to improve road safety. The results included a program promoting Zen to resolve road rage to a public-transit-inspired group bike commute program. Organizers are working with public agencies to turn some of the most effective ideas into reality.

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

3D printing might be an obvious method for fashion designers to embrace, but technologies from all different fields are inspiring designers to rethink the way they see and do things. Take Sensoree's Mood Sweater — it uses sensors to detect a certain kind of sweat in the palms of your hands that varies depending on your emotional state, and then translates it into multicolored light emitted by LEDs. Kristin Neidlinger created the sweater for her MFA design research at the California College of the Arts, but mainly as a practical device.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Allison Byers

Team members Kristina Kotlier (MArch 2013) (left) and Raine Paulson Andrews (MArch 2014) (right) with a STAND UP supporter

In spring 2013, three CCA students came together with one common goal: to make a difference with an IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award from CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life.

Robert Gomez (MFA and MA Visual and Critical Studies 2013), Raine Paulson Andrews (MArch 2014), and Kristina Kotlier (MArch 2013) were indeed one of three teams who won the award for summer 2013, and the project they carried out, STAND UP with Jamaica, was a major turning point for all of them.

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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

A Bay Area native born in Santa Rosa, Reymundo Perez III is a naturally talented illustrator and craftsman currently pursuing his BFA in Graphic Design at California College of the Arts. He was selected for CCA’s Sputnik Design Studio in spring 2013 and recently accepted a Monotype Award for Typographic Excellence. Reymundo has natural curiosity and drive, and his talents range from publications to type design, video, web, and experimental processes, involving hand work whenever possible.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

Alternative Futures, an exhibition of visionary architectural designs inspired by the new LGBT senior housing project at 55 Laguna St., is on display on the third floor of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center through March 15, with a free reception open to the public on Sat., Feb. 8, from 1-3 p.m.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

Such alternative historical practices were the subject of a recent pair of events held at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, both sponsored by the school’s Masters program in Design Theory and Critical Practices. The first was an exhibition entitled An Olfactory Archive: 1100-1951, curated by David Gissen and designed by Brian Price and Matt Hutchinson, that explored scent as a medium of historical reconstruction.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

One such operation is being run at the California College of the Arts by Jason Kelly Johnson and Michael Shiloh. As part of the CCA Hybrid Lab, where computers are taught in a scrappy, DIY, hackerish way, "Creative Architecture Machines" aims to integrate computer programming into the design-build process with machines the students have created directly for architecture. "We treat the machine, code, and material exploration as equals," Johnson said.

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