The Space Weaver is a machine that prints large structures in three dimensions, using a 3-axis gantry system and super glue hardened fibrous materials. Created by Prerna Auplish, Evan Bowman, and Ryan Chen from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts, the Space Weaver was designed to create large, ultra-lightweight woven structures with a high strength-to-weight ratio and no support structures, while producing no waste.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Laura Braun
Two ingenious students at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Evan Bowman and Ryan Chen, have brought together these two game-changing technologies, automated weaving and 3D printing, in their 3D weaving machine for their Creative Architecture Machines Advanced Studio course in CCA’s Digital Craft Lab under the guidance of their professors, Michael Shiloh and Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Chris Bliss
The college is open today (December 11) and classes will run as usual. Shuttle service between the campuses is running. Periodic updates will be given throughout the day.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena
The Center for Art & Public Life (The Center) and the MBA in Design Strategy program, both at California College of the Arts, last month co-organized TechRaking 7, an annual hackathon series put on by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which focused on the intersection of journalism and design.
TechRaking 7, the first within the series to work exclusively with college students (and CCA as its official partner), had CIR CEO Joaquín Alvarado reaching out to CCA to pose the question: How can we rethink human interaction around the news within our communities?
CIR enlisted colleagues from two of its local media partners -- Bruce Koon of KQED and Martin Reynolds of the Bay Area News Group (BANG) -- to challenge CCA students with some of their toughest community-engagement issues. For example, how might:
CIR create new ways for people to communicate about the role of guns in their neighborhoods?
BANG offer a more participatory model that empowers residents to share overlooked topics?
KQED develop cross-regional tools to communicate better the personal effects of the growing technology industry?
Far be it for anyone at CCA to turn away a challenge, thought leaders at The Center decided to enlist the help of CCA students -- working in small teams representing a wide range of disciplines -- to collectively come up with innovative solutions that could encourage greater public participation in today's changing news gathering and distribution policies and procedures.
In short, TechRaking 7 challenged students to give the concept of the traditional newsstand a much-needed facelift.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 by Laura Braun
In September the CCA community was elated when news broke that beloved art and drafting supply retail store ARCH would be moving to CCA’s San Francisco campus.
A few months earlier, the shop and its loyal customers were taken aback when ARCH became the latest San Francisco institution to be served with an eviction notice.
ARCH, which opened its doors in 1978 and for the past 13 years served the San Francisco CCA community from its nearby Potrero Hill location, was disappointed, but took the opportunity to revisit an old idea -- operate from CCA’s campus.
“It goes back 15 years,” said Susie Coliver, ARCH’s owner and founder.
“When we had to move out of Jackson Square in 2001, then Architecture chair David Meckel was the first person I called, and I said, ‘David, don’t you have a little bit of space for us? Can’t you find a space for us?’
“And he said, ‘It would be great, but it’s not in the cards and we have all sorts of master planning to do and who knows, maybe someday, but not now.’"Read the rest
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 by Laura Braun
Earlier this year, Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of The Center for Investigative Reporting, wondered aloud to our colleagues at California College of the Arts: How could we rethink this physical gateway for the news in our communities? As media organizations turn their ambitions to digital and local newspapers downsize and disappear, the concept of the newsstand could use some rejuvenating. What are new ways to take it beyond just a place to get the news and make it a place to contribute to the news as well?Read the rest
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by Laura Braun
That’s why we believe its so important to support educators, such as California College of the Arts (CCA). Over the past eighteen years, CCA has led the pack in developing an undergraduate program dedicated to helping shape a new type of apparel design graduate — one that possesses the skills to design a beautiful collection and the desire to do so in a way that considers sustainability.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by Jim Norrena
The CCA Digital Craft Lab is pleased to announce FORMATIONS 2014, an annual workshop series at CCA of software-based workshops for students and professionals, which will take place place on November 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hooper Graduate Center (184 Hooper Street) on the San Francisco campus.
FORMATIONS provides a platform for students and professionals in the design disciplines to explore new technologies in a hands-on workshop setting. Each year the focus of the event evolves to reflect emerging architectural research topics in relationship to new media.
Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 1 to 2 p.m.
Eligibility: The workshops are open to all students, faculty, and professionals in the design fields.
Cost: Each workshop costs $175 for professionals; $100 for non-CCA students and recent graduates (who graduated within the last 12 months and have a valid ID); $75 for CCA students, faculty, and alumni.
Hardware & Software: Attendees must bring their own laptop to the workshop. See software requirements below.
Questions: Review the FAQ, below.
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Laura Braun