Exhibition and Symposium at California College of the Arts

       Exhibition: September 28 - December 22, 2017

       Symposium: October 26 - 27, 2017—RSVP

           Exhibition Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Designing Material Innovation exhibits five full-scale architectural prototypes and pavilions that exemplify new approaches to material, fabrication, and design. Created through collaborations between architects and industry partners, these works combine technological innovation in materials research and fabrication with aesthetic and ethical approaches to form and appearance.


Exhibition

Thinness (APTUM Architecture - Roger Hubeli, Julie Larsen / CEMEX Research Group): A vaulted 10’ x 10’  ultra high-performance concrete pavilion with walls only 1cm thick.

Thinness (APTUM Architecture - Roger Hubeli, Julie Larsen / CEMEX Research Group): A vaulted 10’ x 10’  ultra high-performance concrete pavilion with walls only 1cm thick.

Polymorph Pavilion (Andrew Kudless (MATSYS), David Shook, and Aaron Willette / CCA Digital Craft Lab): a shell structure made of robotically milled waste foam coated with polyurea.

Polymorph Pavilion (Andrew Kudless (MATSYS), David Shook, and Aaron Willette / CCA Digital Craft Lab): a shell structure made of robotically milled waste foam coated with polyurea.

Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab (CCA Digital Craft Lab - Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, Evan Jones / Kreysler & Associates): a floating composite shell structure fabricated from fiber-reinforced polymer laid up on CNC-routed positive molds.

Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab (CCA Digital Craft Lab - Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, Evan Jones / Kreysler & Associates): a floating composite shell structure fabricated from fiber-reinforced polymer laid up on CNC-routed positive molds.

McKnelly Megalith (Matter Design / MIT): a 16’ tall GFRC object created to test hypotheses about prehistoric methods for moving and installing megalithic statues.

McKnelly Megalith (Matter Design / MIT): a 16’ tall GFRC object created to test hypotheses about prehistoric methods for moving and installing megalithic statues.

Clastic Order (T+E+A+M - Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, Meredith Miller / University of Michigan): a new architectural order made of plastiglomerate, an agglomerate of rock with reprocessed waste plastics.  

Clastic Order (T+E+A+M - Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, Meredith Miller / University of Michigan): a new architectural order made of plastiglomerate, an agglomerate of rock with reprocessed waste plastics.
 

Confetti Urbanism (Clark Thenhaus / Endemic / CCA): The exhibition design for Designing Material Innovation displays the five prototypes in the context of CCA's 73,000 sf Back Lot, a mixed-use space for production, display, and social life.

Confetti Urbanism (Clark Thenhaus / Endemic / CCA): The exhibition design for Designing Material Innovation displays the five prototypes in the context of CCA's 73,000 sf Back Lot, a mixed-use space for production, display, and social life.

RSVP to attend this exhibition featuring work by CCA Digital Craft Lab, APTUM Architecture, Matter Design with M.I.T. Architecture, and T+E+A+M.

Symposium

October 26 - 27, 2017, CCA,1111 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

The Designing Material Innovation symposium convenes leading figures from multiple fields related to the exhibition and its theme.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:00PM: Keynote Lecture followed by Reception. CCA Nave Presentation Space.

Friday, October 27, 2017: Presentations and panels featuring nationally and internationally distinguished speakers from architecture, engineering, industry, and materials science. CCA Nave Presentation Space.

  • 8:00AM: Arrival, coffee, and exhibition viewing
  • 8:30AM: Welcome and opening remarks

Lisa Findley, CCA Architecture
Clark Thenhaus, CCA Architecture
Jonathan Massey, University of Michigan

  • 8:45AM: Panel 1: Discovering - resolving complex objectives through design and process innovation

Davide Zampini, CEMEX Global R&D
Andrew Kudless, MATSYS / CCA
Matthias Kohler, Gramazio Kohler / ETH Zürich
Michael Bell, Visible Weather / Columbia University
Moderator: Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Studio / Google

  • 10:05AM: Panel 2: Implementing - translating possibilities into buildings

Aurel Aebi, Atelier Oï
Felipe Pich-Aguilera, Pich Architecture
Fernando Menis, Fernando Menis
Na Min Ra, Front Inc. 

  • 11:30AM: Panel 3: Impacting - leveraging design and making for ecological and economic value

Margaret Ikeda, Evan Jones, and Adam Marcus, CCA
Julie Larsen and Roger Hubeli, APTUM / Syracuse University
Chris Luebkeman, ARUP Global Research
Moderator: Clark Thenhaus, CCA

  • 12:45PM - 1:45PM - Lunch in the Back Lot
  • 1:45PM: Panel C: Reassembling - engaging social, material, and historical questions

Wes McGee, Matter Design / University of Michigan
Meredith Miller, T+E+A+M / University of Michigan
Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, SFMOMA
Lisa Uddin, Whitman College
Michael Osman, UCLA / Aggregate
Moderator: Irene Cheng, CCA 

  • 3:30PM - 4:30PM: Concluding discussion

Philippe Block, ETH Zürich / Block Research Group
Jason Kelly Johnson, CCA
Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Studio / Google
Matthias Kohler, Gramazio Kohler / ETH Zürich
Davide Zampini, CEMEX Global R&D
Moderator: Jonathan Massey, University of Michigan

Credits:

  • Curator: Jonathan Massey, Dean and Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Exhibition Designer and Symposium Convener: Clark Thenhaus, Assistant Professor of Architecture, California College of the Arts

Directions and Contact Information

Directions to the San Francisco Campus

The San Francisco campus is located at 1111 Eighth Street, between Hooper and Irwin. Detailed directions on how to get to the campus can be found on CCA's website, here.

The exhibition will take place in the Back Lot (map on the left, click on the image to view larger). The symposium will take place in the main CCA building.

Contacts

For Inquiries regarding details of Designing Material Innovation: