Sustainability News

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Jim Norrena

In 2011 students Anna Acquistapace (DMBA 2011), Olivia Nava (DMBA 2012), and Eric Persha (DMBA 2012), launched an idea inspired by the MBA in Design Strategy program's Social Ventures course (taught by faculty member Steve Diller).

The idea involves working with members of a solar-distribution company as a partner organization to offer community members in rural Tanzania connectivity services that use renewable solar energy.

(Initially the partner organization had wanted to address better solar-powered lighting solutions in Tanzania, which evolved into the more wide-serving Juabar business model.)

"Our [CCA] education helped us realize that you don’t approach innovation by answering questions, but rather you look to understand end-users’ needs.

"So we didn’t come to that project on 'how can we better sell solar lights?' but more 'how do we understand the electricity experience of Tanzanians with little or no electricity experience?'"

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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

Splitting time between Brooklyn, New York and Managua, Nicaragua, Aaron Poritz designs and creates furniture and accessories that are meant to endure. His architecture studies at the California College of the Arts instilled in him the principles of sustainability, which continues to inform Poritz’s designs today. Many of his designs are made from hurricane-felled lumber and local materials from Nicaragua.

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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

A CFDA-affiliated school, its students have won many industry awards and landed jobs with marquee-name labels and companies, including Nike, Badgley Mischka and Thom Browne. There is also a notable focus on sustainable design. 

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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 by Em Meine

Metamorphosis: the Transformation of Everyday Objects is a current exhibition of Jewelry / Metal Arts alumni at the Museum of Craft and Design. The exhibition is curated by CCA faculty member David Cole and features the work of 10 California College of the Arts alumni.

About Metamorphosis

What is beautiful? How do artists see the world around us?

These artworks were selected to examine the creative process of makers who choose to use common and even humble objects as their medium. Some of these things were found in thrift stores -- or the trash -- and have an entire history of manufacture and use before they were rediscovered for another purpose.

Their relationship to some previous, unknown owner and the journey of that object into and out of the life of that person, is recorded in the patterns of wear on the surfaces.

Other materials have inherent beauty that is easy to overlook because of the context in which we perceive them. The luster and radiance that would distinguish the rarest pearl is viewed quite differently when it is seen in grains of rice or pencil leads.

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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 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.

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Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

In June CCA students from across multiple disciplines participated in CCA+AIR (Audi Innovation Research) Fellowship: Beyond Mobility, an intensive two-week design challenge that brought the Audi Group's leading designers -- and a host of other local designers -- to campus to hear students present about the next phase of creating luxury automobiles.

Architecture faculty members and Future Cities Lab partners Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson and Markus Auerbach from Audi AG’s AIR team spearheaded the event, which called for an interdisciplinary cross-section of program chairs to nominate students, who would then apply for the fellowship.

Auerbach emphasized daily a basic principle to which all Audi designers rely: “Humans have basic needs and rich desires.”

Students worked in teams and were instructed to keep the fundamental design consideration in mind as they envisioned the design of future automobiles for Audi AG, one of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers (along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world).

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

"They’re in the kind of collective psychology of San Franciscans," Craig Scott, a founding partner of IwamotoScott, says of the three sites. "You see those structures from a long distance on the freeways or on the hilltops," he explains. "They have this kind of status--at least visually--as landmarks along the eastern side of the city."

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love with the Topanga Canyon area. He decided to look for another cabin to rent, but there weren’t any available at the time.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

This rustic cabin, located in Topanga Canyon in California, was designed by Mason St. Peter—a graduate of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. While visiting a friend in a similar studio, St. Peter was inspired and began to work with the owner to create a space of their own using his materials. 

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