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Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

So don't miss this Thursday's "METAMORPHOSIS," when the talented artist/designers from the California College of the Arts transform the Academy (and possibly you) into something unexpected. Explore a multitude of industrial, interaction, illustration, fashion, furniture and graphic designers from CCA as they showcase an amazing, cutting-edge array of work, highlighting new technologies and innovative ideas that explore the concept of metamorphosis.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Rachel Walther

ARCADE’s new website, fall 2012 (photo by Scott Thiessen)

Between her responsibilities running a thriving nonprofit and being the single mom of an 11-year-old daughter, Kelly Rodriguez (Architecture 1997) is always working: to support her family, enrich her community, and improve the world at large. And she wouldn't have it any other way.

Rodriguez is the executive director of ARCADE, a Seattle-based nonprofit that promotes multidisciplinary dialogues centering on the integration of architecture, design, culture, science, the arts, and everything in between. It publishes a quarterly magazine, coordinates cultural events for the community, and maintains an increasingly robust web and social media presence.

A glance at ARCADE's calendar reveals a bevy of options offered weekly for anyone interested in design, architecture, and the arts, from lectures by visiting scholars to documentary film screenings and info nights featuring free tutorials on design software.

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Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Allison Byers

While Poritz was studying architecture and sustainability at California College of the Arts he helped to design the award-winning Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon — which got him a job with Morris Adjmi Architects upon graduating. He worked there for a couple years before making the move to Central America to work with Equitable Origin on a sustainable gas station model.

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Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 by A. Will Brown

Fashion Design chair Amy Williams with student [photo: Jim Norrena]

"In the end, sometimes clothes are just clothes."

So says CCA Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams, in her typically unassuming manner, despite the fact that she's been ahead of the curve for years, both as an educator and as a designer.

When asked about her career the first thing she says, as if to get it out of the way, is that she is "not famous," but after meeting her, one wonders, why not? She has all the intangibles, and carries herself with a deeply professional and confident air. Even more striking is her lack of pomp or undercutting competitive attitude -- qualities that so often accompany success.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Tiffany Blaylock's belt design

Tiffany Blaylock (Interior Design 2014) presented a material sculpture made from recycled leather belts she made during Materiality and Space 3, an Interior Design course taught by Amy Campos

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Josh Coolidge's project from the "Off the Grid" interdisciplinary courseView slideshow 

Josh Coolidge (Individualized Major 2014) created a laser installation called that uses Peltier junctions (the use of cooling and heating processors to create electricity) while taking the interdisciplinary "Off the Grid" course at CCA.

He used candles to create the heat, which caused lasers to light up a water-filled tube of plastic bubbles (purchased at a hydroponics store) that would then melt, creating an amazing visual effect.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Rachel Walther

An "elective" at art school is in many ways the opposite of what the term means for a traditional university student. Rather than taking a painting class for fun in between economics and political science, art students have to decide what math class to fit in between their painting courses.

All undergraduates at CCA (except Architecture majors) are required to take 51 units of Humanities and Sciences coursework, which by the time they graduate ends up representing about a third of their total units.

All of these courses are highly rigorous. Some are essential and required (for instance writing and art history) but many are creatively designed electives open to students in all majors. In "Bad Science at the Movies," for instance, professor Christine Metzger uses preposterous representations of geology and climate change in popular films to launch an in-depth survey of environmental science.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Students from California College of the Arts recently built a storage shed and won a design competition to build an outdoor kitchen for Alemany Farm. Farm managers are talking about reviving an after-school program. The greenhouse is new, and as the farm-to-table movement takes hold, more volunteers are trickling in to help.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Reinventing the Chicken Coop: 14 Original Designs with Step-by-Step Building Instructions
Storey Publishing, 2013
Paperback, 192 pages, $19.95

Hey backyard chickens: meet contemporary design! Coauthors Matthew Wolpe (assistant studio manager in CCA's fabrication shop) and Kevin McElroy present 14 complete building plans for chicken coops that range from the purely functional to the outrageously fabulous.

Eleven of the 14 are by the authors, and one of the remaining three is by two CCA alumni: Yvonne Mauser (Wood/Furniture 2006) and Adam Reineck (Industrial Design 2005).

One has a water-capturing roof; one is a great homage to mid-Modern architecture; and another has a built-in composting system. Some designs are suitable for beginning builders, and some are challenging enough for experts. Step-by-step building plans are accompanied by full-color photographs and detailed construction illustrations.

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Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2013 by Jim Norrena

What exactly is the connection between art and science?

CCA's division of humanities and sciences has developed a thoroughly interdisciplinary, two-year thematic curricular project called Exploring Science in the Studio to keep this question on the minds of undergraduates, as they consider courses that satisfy their science requirements.

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