This exhibition is about ecologies (or ecosystems) and design. It features student visualizations of the beauty of the logic of the bio-systems addressed in their design work. The exhibition includes work by students across CCA’s Architecture, Design, and Fine Arts divisions.
Seth Denizen, Alexander Arroyo, and Eliza McCullough of Scapegoat will present the newly launched Scapegoat 11: LIFE, which revisits the old western metaphysical distinction between life and non-life—the living and the non-living—that lies within the new rationalist core of architectural modernity. This distinction has increasingly become a site of political struggle in the built environment, linking struggles over reproductive rights, environmental justice, climate change, archaeology, and urban design.
The LIFE issue documents evidence of architecture’s ongoing metaphysical work in the use of architectural building codes as a tool to limit women’s reproductive choices in Texas, the US military’s conversion of the Aleutian archipelago into its own private radiation sensor, the management of racialized ghosts in Indonesian squatter settlements, the rise of neo-vitalist urbansim in Europe, and the introduction of the logic of automation into burial practices in Tokyo.
Mark Thompson is a Professor of Fine Arts at CCA and an interdisciplinary installation artist whose experiential, sculptural environments and performances explore the relationships between natural processes and human activities over time using the resources directly related to a particular site. Often these include such natural elements as honeybees, beeswax, water and sunlight, as well as the social, historical, physical, and spatial resources of the human communities. His focus is on these borderlands between human cultural activity and the natural world with an emphasis on a return to first principles of direct experience. His creative effort is giving clearer definition to this poetic space, to this threshold between these two worlds, between the wild and the domestic.
The footprint of our existence has had a catastrophic impact on ecosystems across the the world. In particular, coral reefs are being decimated by human-induced conditions quicker than they can recover and grow. In this lunchtime talk, CCA faculty member Alex Schofield will discuss his collaboration with the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center in material research and application of 3D printed coral. Together their goal is to give polyps, the living organism of coral, a leg up by fabricating and reseeding the skeletal structure with a synthetic coral scaffold in hopes of supporting the marine ecosystem.
Constructing Architectural Ecologies convenes designers, makers, researchers, and thinkers to speculate on architecture’s capacity for expanded ecological agency. The symposium will explore theoretical investigations of architecture’s relationship to nature, alternative models for extra-disciplinary collaboration with scientists, and new material logics rooted in ecological processes. The event, planned as part of the Global Climate Action Summit (September 12-14 in San Francisco), is organized by the Architectural Ecologies Lab at California College of the Arts, and will take place at CCA’s campus in San Francisco’s Design District.
Alongside growing interest in floating communities as a model for resilient development, there is an aggravating threat to the existing floating communities that historically inhabit coastal zones. This talk, the second in the Buoyant Futures series of conversations hosted by the Architectural Ecologies Lab, will present the history and current challenges facing houseboat communities of San Francisco Bay, examining their constitutive role in formation of urban commons along the waterfront. This will be a precursory presentation for the Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio (UDIST) course offered at CCA in the fall of 2018.
On April 18, CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones will join their collaborators in the Public Sediment team for a public meeting to present and discuss the ongoing Unlocking Alameda Creek project. Please join us and our partners to hear more about the project, provide feedback, and learn about the ecosystem of Alameda Creek.
Around the world, political instability, environmental threats, and housing challenges are leading many to turn to the ocean as a new frontier for building communities. This panel discussion, the first in the Buoyant Futures series of conversations hosted by the Architectural Ecologies Lab, will explore ways of living on water, motivations of desire and need, and the ecological potentials and implications of floating architecture.
Join the Public Sediment team (including CCA AEL faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones) for a walking tour of Alameda Creek! Learn about the history of the creek, how it has changed over time, and participate in a community conversation about building resilience to the impacts of climate change. Hear from local experts about the role of sediment, people, and fish within the Alameda Creek, as we walk about 1 mile around its edges.
Lesley Green is the founding director of Environmental Humanities South and an associate professor of Anthropology in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her work focuses on the intersection of science studies, anthropology and philosophy in the anthropocene, and her current research work spans fisheries, energy policy, and ecological modeling. Her talk, Ocean Regime Shift, will discuss the complex nexus of ecological and political issues surrounding Cape Town's water and sanitation infrastructure.
On January 27, CCA will host a public event showcasing the work of students from a number of Bay Area schools participating in the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge, a year-long research and design effort to develop innovative responses to the effects of climate change in the Bay Area.