CCA Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab

September 8, 2019

CCA Float Lab prototype in the San Francisco Bay. Photo by Adam Marcus.

California College of the Arts (CCA) Architecture department won several major awards for its Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab, a project led by faculty Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones. The Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab is a prototype for a new kind of resilient coastal infrastructure. It merges expertise from design, advanced digital fabrication manufacturers, and marine ecologists to imagine a floating architecture of the future that can exist productively with its surrounding environment.

Press coverage below was on the occasion of the prototype’s deployment in the San Franciso Bay in August 2019. It is currently moored in the Port of Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, where it serves as a floating research platform for developing ecologically optimized substrates for wave attenuation.

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Citations and links:

Mortice, Zach. “A Floating Lab Aims to Promote a Healthy Marine Habitat in the San Francisco Bay.” Redshift by Autodesk, August 21, 2019.


Smith, Lindsey J. “Envisioning and Designing the Floating Future.” Undark Magazine, October 7, 2019.


Smith, Lindsey J. “Designing Floating Buildings With an Eye to the Marine Species Living Underneath.” Smithsonian Magazine, October 7, 2019. Originally published by Undark Magazine.


McKnight, Jenna. “Float Lab designed to serve as ‘new kind of architecture for climate adaptation’.” Dezeen, September 30, 2019.


Brown, Evan Nicole. “This artificial island is a home for sea creatures displaced by climate change.” Fast Company, October 21, 2019.