Archinect - MArch to the beat 2014-04-24T03:12:23-04:00 Creative Architecture Machines Final Review Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-12-04T22:35:57-05:00 >2013-12-09T21:11:10-05:00 <p> Our advanced options studio this semester at CCA has been focused on engineering and constructing Grasshopper/Firefly/Arduino-controlled three-dimensional object producing machines, our own 3D printer prototypes, built from scratch. The final review will be this Saturday, December 7th, and it should be a fun, science-fair-like event, with invited jurors including luminaries from Bot n' Dolly, Otherlab, Samsung, Autodesk, The Exploratorium, Arduino, Future Cities Lab, Instructables and more. So please feel free to stop on by from about 2 to 4, it should be a fun and exciting time.<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> CCA Graduate Architecture Programs Info Night Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-11-01T02:47:19-04:00 >2013-11-04T19:27:35-05:00 <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" title=""></a></p> <p> It's difficult to judge a visiting lecturer's enjoyability potential because they are an unknown quantity, which will NOT be the issue next Monday night, November 4th, as some of the most compelling professors teaching here at CCA will come together to present the graduate architecture offerings of the MArch (Masters of Architecture, 2 &amp; 3 year) and MAAD (Masters of Advanced Architectural Design, 1 year, three concentrations) programs. Following the informational portion will be pecha-kucha style presentations from the faculty involved:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neeraj Bhatia</a>: new tenure track professor and principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Open Workshop</a>, really excited to hear him speak</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irene Cheng</a>: co-founder of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheng+Sneyder</a>, previously covered on this blog <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Faulders</a>: principal of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faulders Studio</a> and my thesis advisor, always a riveting speaker</li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nataly Gattegno</a>: co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Cities Lab</a>, whose crazy and amazing installation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hydraspan</a> for the Dissident Futures exhibition can be s...</li></ul> An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969 (Test Sites Symposium Exhibition) Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-10-12T22:28:59-04:00 >2013-10-14T17:01:22-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> If you walked into CCA's nave this week you would have been greeted by what appears to be a primitive laboratory experiment, hard metal rods lightly supporting odd flasks and stoppers. But if you got too close to a particular few of them you would have gotten a face full of rank so heinous it stayed in your nostrils and thoughts for hours after. Which was the wonderfully participatory aspect of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olfactory Archive</a>, curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Gissen</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Irene Cheng</a>. It encouraged you to share your most shocking favorites with unsuspecting classmates and passersby.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Not all the ambrosias were so offensive, there was a mix of the mellifluous and the mephitic and the mundane. If you were interested in what Philip Johnson's Glass House smelled like, not at one point in time but indexed by decade, then you would have been treated to a noisome thirty year evolution from construction to period colognes to cigarette smoke.&nbsp;For sheer fetid ferocity the hands down (and up nose) winners were "...</p> The Future Of Architecture Is In Robotic Hands Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-10-09T21:22:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T17:09:16-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> This semester I have the great fortune of being enrolled in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Kelly Johnson'</a>s (co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Cities Lab</a>) Creative Architecture Machines advanced options studio here at CCA. Co-taught with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Shiloh</a>, a community manager with Arduino, this studio's focus is on operational architecture through robotics. The first three weeks was concentrated on engineering a machine that produces two-dimensional drawings. After a couple weeks of testing and Arduino workshops my partner Jia Wu and I had five days to design, prototype, wire, code, and build a working robot.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Our idea: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Polydexter 1.0</a>, a remote human sensing Arduino-controlled robotic translation arm. Utilizing three axes of control, the movement you put into the analog arm is augmented by the digital arm to produce a drawing by remote. We extrapolated a lot of possible uses: teaching people to write in different languages, translating/editing/censoring your written messages between countries, or, if scaled up, eve...</p> CCA 2013 Warm-Up Design Charette Competition Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-10-07T12:01:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T17:01:15-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Studio is put off for a few days in the first week of every fall for CCA Architecture and Interior Design Department's Warm-Up Design Charette Competition and this year saw all of the bachelors and masters and interior design students get thrown into teams of eight to ten members to essentially just blow stuff up. Led by new tenure track professor and lightweight structure savant <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mauricio Soto</a>, this year's theme, "Hot Air!", focused on inflatables. Each team received 800 square feet of plastic sheeting and an air compressor as materials to create inflatable structures you could be in, on, or under. The winning team of the three day event was voted for by students and faculty and awarded a $500 gift certificate for our favorite neighborhood art store,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arch</a>. Here are a couple of the projects:</p> <p> <strong>Pneu Twist</strong><br> Team Members:&nbsp;Betty Nip, Mitchell Sweibell, Maryam Nassajian, Shawn Komlos, Chen Ni, and Aimin Wang<br> pneu twist is a super pneu take on an old family favorite. The difference is: ...</p> CCA Fall 2013 Lecture Series Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-09-10T20:07:03-04:00 >2013-09-11T19:23:42-04:00 <p> The California College of the Arts will host an amazing lecture series this semester, featuring a pretty great panel in mid-October under the topic <em>Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space</em>, including a return to CCA by Keller Easterling who lectured here last fall. A highlight for me will be a lecture by one of my favorite professors here: Irene Cheng, of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cheng+Snyder</a>, who helmed the spectacular Utopias seminar last semester, which achieved gallery form in the "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What is Utopia?</a>" exhibition we put on in the Spring.&nbsp;</p> <p> Here's the poster for the lecture series&nbsp;designed by graphic design faculty <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bob Aufuldish</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Radical Representation (All Tomorrow's Parties) Spring 2013 Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-08-14T14:33:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T23:34:19-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Architecture is consumed through it&rsquo;s representation. Some say it&rsquo;s representation is the only true architecture. Radical Representation was an advanced course, taught by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Hurcomb</a> with software tutorials by Flori Kryethi, that explored innovative methods of architectural expression through a wide range of digital tools. Focusing on the design triumvirate of Fiction~Cinema~Architecture we were encouraged to develop our ideas through writing to delineate a cohesive path of inquiry.</p> <p> My project&rsquo;s avenues of exploration were digital glitches, noise, and the entire background universe of signals that fill the voids of our daily lives. This unnoticed noise can be made corporeal to expose its unobtrusive and latent geographies. Starting from a short video of saran wrap moving in the wind the translucent and refractive material became a filter to contrast against the prosaic backdrop teeming with divisions, corruptions, and masked emotions. The following three images and two video...</p> Major Changes at the California College of the Arts Architecture Program Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-07-26T18:16:41-04:00 >2013-07-29T22:14:50-04:00 <p> There will be major changes for the architecture program at CCA this year as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ila Berman</a>, Director of Architecture from 2008 to 2013, will be leaving to take the position of director of the School of Architecture at Waterloo University in Ontario, Canada. Her partner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mona El Khafif</a>, will also be leaving for a tenure-track position there. I had the privilege of taking her Scanning the City seminar in the fall of 2012. She is an incredible educator and will be a sorely missed resource.&nbsp;There will purportedly be a national search for a new director, while in the interlude the brilliant <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Gissen</a> will take over as interim director.</p> <p> In other news <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nataly Gattegno</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Cities Lab</a> will take over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Fallier&rsquo;s</a> position as chair of the graduate architecture program, both of whom, along with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Faulders</a>, will be our thesis advisers for the next year. Should be very exciting!</p> Business Insider Ranks CCA #18 Design School in the World Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-04-12T17:48:33-04:00 >2013-04-15T21:42:49-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Business Insider</a> conducted a survey of design professionals and compiled a ranking of the top design schools in the world, in which CCA came in at #18! &nbsp;RISD and MIT were numbers one and two respectively.</p> WHAT IS UTOPIA? Jeffrey Maeshiro 2013-04-09T19:51:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T21:59:25-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title="">Our graduate architecture seminar&mdash;led by our indefatigable professor Irene Cheng&mdash;recently put together an exhibition of our individual research projects, in-depth explorations of a particular historic or contemporary utopian venture, in an effort to bring a bit of architectural history and theory to the perpetually art-covered surfaces of our school's nave. &nbsp;Fellow classmate Anesta Iwan and I were in charge of the exhibition and board layouts. &nbsp;</p> <p> I had fun snapping some photos of us enjoying our efforts after pinning them up. &nbsp;Also, here's the text from the exhibition introduction:</p> <p> &ldquo;We can leave it to the literary small fry to solemnly quibble over these phantasies, which today only make us smile, and to crow over the superiority of their own bald reasoning, as compared with such &ldquo;insanity.&rdquo; For ourselves, we delight in the stupendously grand thoughts and germs of thought that everywhere break out through their phantastic covering, and to which these Philistines are blind.&rdquo;<br> -F...</p>