The first applications, however, are pure art. Lee lead an exhibition at San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts called By-Product Becomes Product inviting five artists who worked with the new wood material. Their creations range from benches with woven planks to a series of birdhouses and a pickup truck cap. The material was not under much strain (it was neither coated to protect from rain, nor under much load), but Lee says the next step is to start introducing the material as a practical substitute for its conventional but toxic counterparts.Read the rest
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Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Michecia Jones
Earlier this month, CCA alumna Amber Clisura took over the Oakland Metro Opera house to debut her line of Salt Clothing in a fashion show, featuring local Bay Area designers.
Maghan McDowell, who writes for the Style section of the San Francisco Chronicle's Style section was there to capture the event.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Alumnus Neil Grimmer in Times Square after opening the New York Stock Exchange
Neil Grimmer (BFA Sculpture 1995) epitomizes success.
He’s an accomplished conceptual artist and designer (with past exhibitions at Catharine Clark Gallery, New Langton Arts, Southern Exposure, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others) and today serves as CEO of Plum Inc. (formerly Nest Collective), a pioneer and global provider of premium, nutritious organic baby food with brand name Plum Organics, which Forbes magazine named #19 on its 2013 list of "America's Most Promising Companies."
And he's a dad on a mission. Watch video »Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
“Absolutely, I think it’s a smart investment for students to learn about sustainable design, because it’s very much the future of our industry,” Amy Williams, chair of the fashion program at the California College of Arts, said.
So, with that in mind, and this being Earth Day and all, we rounded up the top five eco-minded fashion programs all around the globe.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Chris Bliss
For the third year in a row, California College of the Arts has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.
The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges profiles 320 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The free guide is the only comprehensive, annually updated guide its kind.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Chris Bliss
Amory Lovins, one of the world's leading innovators in energy and sustainability, will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 106th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.
Lovins will deliver the commencement address to 527 CCA graduates and their families. He will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Allison Byers
A product is being developed out of the Forest Products Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin collaborating with artist Christine Lee and US Department of Agriculture's John F. Hunt. The product in process is a MDF alternative using no resins and a combination of biodegradable and recycled materials such as used cardboard, cow manure and sawdust.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Allison Byers
STEM has been a huge acronym buzz word in education in recent years, standing for the “hard science” pillars of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but an initiative led by the Rhode Island School of Design is hoping to turn that into STEAM. Aimed at promoting the national movement of putting arts and design in the STEM education program, STEM to STEAM seems to be picking up momentum with its argument that creativity and flexible thinking are just as important to innovation as science.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Christina Linden
The 38 Harriet Street micro-studio building in San Francisco
"Sustainability" and "green building" in architecture are elusive concepts. Does a sustainable building simply support its own energy needs for the duration of its existence? Or does it also need to compensate somehow for the energy involved in its "birth" and "death" -- its initial construction and eventual demolition?
The architect and alumna Taeko-Karyn Takagi (Architecture 2002) has spent her career deeply engaged in both defining and answering such questions.Read the rest