Sustainability News

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 by Chris Bliss

The winning team (l to r): Zahin Ali, Leslie Chen, James Zormeir (CCA), Cecilia Xia, and Jean Saung (CCA)

Students in CCA's Fashion Design Program paired up with UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business students to compete in a Levi Strauss & Co. case competition on sustainability. The challenge was to find a profitable business solution to address denim waste/reuse. For two weeks experts from Levi Strauss & Co. worked with the students on a variety of issues, including finance, design, strategy, sustainability, and garment life cycle.

Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA's pioneer 2010 class of Leading by Design Fellows Program [photo: Jim Norrena]

SAVE THE DATE: Join us January 12, 2011, at 7 p.m. for a Leading by Design Fellows Program Info Night held at CCA on the San Francisco campus.

CCA’s Leading by Design Fellows Program Hits its Mark with Pioneer 2010 Cohort

Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Several members from CCA’s community are engaging themselves in OPENwater, a two-day event scheduled for November 13–14 that celebrates the collaboration between SFMOMA and the artists, chefs, and educators who comprise OPENrestaurant—a self-described “collective of restaurant professionals who sought to move their environment to an art space as a way to experiment with the language of their daily activities.”

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Q. Your job involves a lot of international travel. What are some global trends in art and design education?

The overarching trend is simply the belief that art and design education has become more important—that it’s a lively, dynamic field. Creativity and innovation are the most valuable currencies of our time. We hear that China has started around 1,000 new art and design programs in the last 10 to 15 years, and there are similar government-led education initiatives across the globe, particularly in Asia (including India), starting at the primary and secondary school levels.

The premise is that the new global economy will be built on the creative industries, and there will be more professional opportunities and more spheres of influence for artists and designers. In much of Asia, traditional ways of teaching and learning are not seen as conducive to creativity and innovation. When I’m over there I’m often asked questions about how to teach and instill creativity.

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sustainable Skyscrapers: Vertical Ecologies and Urban Ecosystems
CCA, 2010
Paperback, 64 pages, $25

The skyscraper is architecture's ultimate icon. The term itself conjures images of seemingly impossible, awe-inspiring loft, and as a design proposition the skyscraper raises some of architecture's biggest questions. Is it possible for a sense of community to develop among inhabitants of a vertical, stratified environment? What is the essence of a slender form? This book, the latest installment in CCA's Architecture Studio Series, documents several innovative answers by CCA students and faculty. It is designed by Mike Hu and Mai Ogiva, Graphic Design undergraduates in CCA's Sputnik studio, and edited by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) and Nataly Gattegno (Architecture faculty).

Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Fashion Design student Sam E. Weinberg pieces together paper trianglesView slideshow 

This summer Fashion Design students were busy helping kids make geometry come alive. As part of the Exploratorium’s Geometry Playground summer exhibition was the “You’d Be Naked Without Geometry” event that offered five California College of the Arts Fashion Design students the chance to spur children’s creativity by making opulent dresses out of pink pattern-making paper.

Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Ryan Duke (Industrial Design 2008), an independent Oakland-based industrial designer and CCA alum, won the 2010 Oakland Indie Award in the "Greenie" category this past May.

Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Artist and furniture designer Scott Constable is fall 2010's Wornick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Wood Arts. He is a woodworker who uses his craft to explore the social and philosophical issues of everyday life. His work, ranging from furniture to architecture and environmental sculpture, has exhibited internationally and garnered numerous design awards.

Posted on Saturday, October 2, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Caracas, a vertical-growing system on display at West Coast Green in San FranciscoView slideshow 

San Francisco's West Coast Green, the preeminent symposium on green innovation, took place at Fort Mason from Thursday to Sunday, September 30 through October 2, and included four pieces of work by Diversity Studies faculty member Lauren Elder.

Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Zara Franks wears her finished work for Fibershed, a 1920s-inspired hat and scarf.View slideshow 

CCA alumna Zara Franks (BFA Fashion Design 2009), owner/designer of Venn Apparel, is currently working with a unique research project, named “Fibershed,” that focuses for one year on a particular woman’s clothing. The project’s founder and subject, Rebecca Burgess, wears only locally produced garments made from sustainably manufactured fibers—all grown within 150 miles of her home in Marin County!