Tesla Factory, Fremont CA

Tesla Factory, Fremont CA

Andy Warhol's "Silver Factory"

Andy Warhol's "Silver Factory"

"Solar Sinter Factory"  by M.   Kayser

"Solar Sinter Factory" by M. Kayser

FUTURE FACTORIES: Experimenting at the Edges of the Next Industrial Revolution

CCA Advanced Options Studio - Fall 2016: How will we quickly evolve sites of physical production to integrate and reflect the rapidly developing software and design platforms that are dispersed, highly personalized, instantaneous, and ecologically responsible?  What is the role of the architect in developing the spaces, craftsmanship, and systems that drive these Future Factories? How might a factory's efficiency criteria be expanded to include issues of social engagement and quality of life, and could a factory be a "culture generator" - a place, a hub, a catalyst for civic engagement?
This exploratory Future Factories studio takes an in-­depth look at the processes and design requirements of discrete manufacturing modes related to a small range of materials, re-imagines the architectural implications of these processes, and postulate a new manufacturing network or platform that re-configures the traditional factory model to meet emerging and predicted technological changes, and how might these models engage pressing social and cultural issues that are key to the future of our cities. Developed in partnership with expert staff at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop, the studio will draw extensively on Autodesk’s knowledge, resources, and people.

*** Additional Links, Syllabus, Schedule, Resources will be published here on 9/12/16. The studio intro presentation PDF is published here - referenced resources: Arup's "Rethinking the Factory" Report; Essay by Tim O'Reilly "Don't Replace Media, Augment Them"; the Energy Literacy Map by Otherlab.

Sponsor: Autodesk
Faculty: Jason Kelly Johnson (CCA) with J Sassaman and Phil Seaton (Autodesk P9 Workshop)

Phase 1: Center to Edge Mapping: Taxonomies of Scale /Network / Flows

Phase 1 is about understanding and mapping specific industries: What goes in? What goes out? Who are the players, and what kinds of skills do they need? Where and why are the factory located in specific locations, and what connections are required to make the industry function efficiently as it is now? What are the critical networks? Are there interesting proximities to adjacent social, cultural or ecological programs?     

  • Diversity of processes - identify key inputs and outputs "People, Processes, Spaces" (referring to the structure established in Arup's "Rethinking the Factory" Report); quality inspection systems, material diversity, material flows and feed systems, waste elimination systems, system to evaluate deteriorations or errors; systems to evaluate human interactions, other compelling topics?
  • Ecosystem of manufacturing the Bay Area and connecting it to California, the US and Beyond - big picture, related to processes and workflows. 
  • Mapping inputs/outputs: both raw materials and waste streams need to be accounted for, incorporated, managed.

Sept 7, 9: Lottery and Introductions
Sept 12 (JJ/PS/JS), 14, 16: Micro / Meso-factories (Bay Area / California - Local/Regional)
Sept 19, 21, 23 (JJ/PS/JS): Macro / Mega-factories (US / World - Continental/Global)

Sept 23 - Final Phase 1 Review and Discussion

Phase 2: Machine / Material

Sept 26, 28, 30: 
Oct 3 - Symposium (Future Factories Symposium at CCA)
Oct 5, 7 (JJ/PS/JS): 
Oct 10, 12, 14:
Oct 17, 19, 21 (JJ/PS/JS): 
Oct 24, 26, 28:
Oct 31, Nov 2, 4 (JJ/PS/JS):

Phase 3: The Future Factory

Nov 7, Nov 9, Nov 11 - Mid-Review at CCA Nave
Nov 14, Nov 16, Nov 18 (JJ/PS/JS):
Nov 21 - Expert Review at Autodesk P9, Nov 23
Nov 28, Nov 30, Dec 2 (JJ/PS/JS):
Dec 5, Dec 7
Dec 9: Final Review at CCA SF

Tuesday, Feb 7: Autodesk Gallery Opening

Data Clay by Future Cities Lab

Data Clay by Future Cities Lab

3d Printing and Additive Manufacturing in Architecture

CCA Seminar - Spring 2016: The seminar will explore the theoretical and technical implications of 3d Printing and Additive Manufacturing in the world of architecture, design and digital craft. Special emphasis will be placed on exploring speculative techniques related to design and computation, emerging computer-aided-manufacturing techniques and material explorations. We will explore a variety of applications and scales ranging from wearable architectures, furniture, buildings and landscapes.

Faculty: Jason Kelly Johnson

Geoweaver Project, Fall 2013 (Team: Wu, Maeshiro, Sek)

Creative Architecture Machines

CCA Advanced Option Studio - Fall 2013-15: The Creative Architecture Machines (CAM) studio embraces a more radical approach to the design and fabrication of architecture. The main ambition of the studio is to explore the efficacy of digital processes and their potential to contribute to a wider conversation about architecture, technology and culture. Through the production of experimental and speculative fabrication machines we will endeavor to contribute to a wider debate within architecture about the role architects might play in a coming world where the lines between the digital and the physical are rapidly being blurred beyond recognition. 

Faculty: Jason Kelly Johnson with Michael Shiloh

CAM Class of 2015: Arash K. Sedaghatkamal, Armughan A. Faruqi, Chien Lien Pan, Eleuterio Alfaro, Eva Y. Lai, Franca Martinez Ferro, Gloria Asaba Kiiza, Joseph K. Chang, Kyle L. Yamada, Mrnalini Mills-Raghavan, Samuel D. Sellery, Sitou K. Akolly, Wut Y. Htwe.

CAM Class of 2014: Adithi Satish, Alan N. Cation, Anh D. Vu, Brett A. Petty, Clayton Muhleman, Evan D. Bowman, Kuan-Lun Chen, Mallory A. Van Ness, Manali Chitre, Meshal I. Albuthie, Prerna Auplish, Taole Chen, Thomas M. Monroy,

CAM Class of 2013: Ibrahim Al Gwaiz, Matthew L. Boeddiker, Megan E. Freeman, Taylor N. Fulton, Yuliya O. Grebyonkina, Timothy D. Henshaw-Plath, Swetha G. Kopuri, Jeffrey M. Maeshiro, Mary C. Rixey, Abelino S. Robles, Max H. Sanchez, Mary H. Sek, Darshini J. Shah, Cassondra J. Stevens, Ryan Uy, Jia Wu. Independent studies: Alex Woodhouse, Shawn Komlos.