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15 September 2010

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Upcoming Events


Design on the Edge Book Signing

Thursday, September 16, 2010   |   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm   |   OMCA Store, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Waverly Lowell, Elizabeth Byrne and Betsy Frederick-Rothwell, the editors of Design on the Edge, will be on-site at the Oakland Museum of California for a book signing and reception on Thursday, September 16, 2010. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm, and then the book signing will begin at 7:00 pm; both events will be held in the OMCA store.

The Oakland Museum of California recently reopened and features an award-winning new landscape redesign by Mark Cavagnero (M. Arch ’83). If you have not made it to the museum since it reopened, this reception makes an excellent opportunity to visit.


2010-11 Professional Development Workshop Series

September 18, 2010 - November 13, 2010   |   Wurster Hall

The CED Professional Development Workshop Series is a new program that offers applied skills training to professionals and graduate students. These workshops will help meet the needs of the ever expanding interdisciplinary field of environmental design through the introduction to new computer technologies and software, the development of leadership and presentation skills, and the explanation of new professional standards, regulations, and policies.

The first workshop is Introduction to AutoCAD 2010 on Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Room 214 Wurster Hall. Enrollment is $150. This workshop introduces the industry standard computer-aided drawing software, Autodesk AutoCAD 2010. In this session, participants will learn how to improve their 2D drafting skills through the use of editing and drafting commands, as well as how to translate their work from model space to paper space, and from AutoCAD to Adobe Illustrator. This workshop will be led by Emily Licht, M.Arch, Architectural Designer and Kim Suczynski, M.Arch, M.C.P., Special Project Coordinator, CED, UC Berkeley.


Conversation: Michael Dear and Marjolijn Dijkman

September 26, 2010   |   3:00 pm   |   BAM/PFA Museum Theater

City and Regional Planning Professor Michael Dear will explore with artist Marjolijn Dijkman their overlapping interests in human geographies, emergent urbanisms, subjective mapping and expressive representations of place to open the exhibit of Dijkman's work, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum / MATRIX 234, at the Berkeley Art Museum.

The exhibit, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, will run from September 26, 2010 - November 28, 2010. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum / MATRIX 234 is an ongoing photographic project initiated by Marjolijn Dijkman in 2005 and comprising more than 9,000 images.

Photo: Marjolijn Dijkman: The World Information Centre, Dubai, 2007, from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; ongoing photographic research 2005-2010; courtesy of the artist.


David Harvey: The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism

October 8, 2010   |   4:00 pm   |   112 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

The 21st century will be an urban century with more people around the world residing in metropolitan regions than in any other form of human settlement. The Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS) lecture series brings together faculty from a wide range of disciplines to discuss the effects of widespread urbanization in the global North and the global South. Issues include environmental challenges to entrenched patterns of segregation to new configurations of politics and social movements. This series is part of the GMS Initiative in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

David Harvey is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the City University of New York

Photo: Department of Anthropology, City University of New York


CED Professors Mary Comerio and Ananya Roy Lecture at UC Berkeley Homecoming

Mary Comerio: Friday, October 8, 2010   |   9:30 am   |   Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Ananya Roy: Saturday, October 9, 2010   |   9:00 am   |   112 Wurster Hall

College of Environmental Design Professors Mary Comerio and Ananya Roy will both lecture at the 2010 UC Berkeley Homecoming, which takes place October 8 -10, 2010.

Disaster Recovery: Lessons from Haiti, Chile, and China, a lecture from Professor of Architecture Mary Comerio, will focus on recent large-scale earthquakes around the globe which have devastated major cities and left international agencies scrambling to provide assistance. Comerio will discuss the dramatic impacts of losses in housing, health care, education, and the environment, and what you can do to prepare for earthquakes, fires, and other catastrophic disasters

Professor of City and Regional Planning Ananya Roy will deliver a lecture entitled, Ending Poverty? Transforming the Lives of the World's Bottom Billion. The lecture poses the question: Can the world's markets and development institutions transform the lives of the bottom billion, those living on less than $1.25 a day? Join a provocative, lively discussion and learn how Berkeley students are fighting global poverty.


Clark Wilson, Smart Growth Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Monday, October 11, 2010   |   7:00 pm   |   112 Wurster Hall

Clark Wilson is an urban designer with the EPA Smart Growth Division. His focus is ecologically sustainable development, specifically in advancing the transportation, livability, and environmental goals of smart growth in street design. Prior to EPA, he was an urban design consultant and adjunct faculty member at UC Berkeley.

Smart Growth covers a range of development and conservation strategies that help protect our natural environment and make our communities more attractive, economically stronger, and more socially diverse. The EPA smart growth program helps communities improve their development practices and get the type of development they want. We work with local, state, and national experts to discover and encourage successful, environmentally sensitive development strategies.


John Kriken, FAIA: City Design for Positive Change

Wednesday, October 13, 2010   |   7:00 pm   |   112 Wurster Hall

This lecture, City Design for Positive Change, will be a discussion of the connections between sustainability and livability by the use of best practice principles applied to a variety of projects from around the world.

John Kriken, FAIA, AICP, founded the Planning and Urban Design Studio of SOM's San Francisco office, where he is also consulting partner. He is an adjunct professor of Urban Design at the College of Environmental Design. His book, City Building for the 21st Century, was published this year by Princeton Architectural Press. It will be on-sale at the event.

In the News


Sukkah vs. Sukkah, New York, 12 September 2010

Assistant Professor of Architecture Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, of Rael San Fratello Architects have entered their Sukkah of the Signs design into the Sukkah City competition. You can vote for Professor Rael's design here. The winning design will be named the People's Choice and displayed in Union Square until October 2. The Sukkah City Competition called upon entrants to design a modern-day sukkah, which are Jewish devotional huts that observant Jews erect each fall in commemoration of when their ancestors were homeless nomads.

Photo: New York Magazine

EERI Sending Reconnaissance Team to Christchurch, New Zealand, EERI, September 2010

Professor of Architecture Mary Comerio will lead a multidisciplinary team of US earthquake researchers and practitioners, which is traveling to Christchurch, New Zealand to document scientific, engineering and societal effects resulting earthquake that struck near Christchurch, New Zealand on September 3rd. The earthquake is the most damaging earthquake New Zealand has seen since 1931.

Photo: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

In the Mississippi Delta: Building with Water, The Design Observer Group, 9 September 2010

Jeff Carney (M.Arch. '07) is the Studio Manager for the Coastal Sustainability Studio, which integrates multi-disciplinary research, design, and outreach to help develop an adaptive and resilient Louisiana Coast. The studio is based at LSU and its work is currently part of the American pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale.

Photo: 20th century wetland loss, mapping by LSU professors Michael Blum and Harry Roberts. [Credit: Coastal Sustainability Studio]

Big ideas for small gardens, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, 5 September 2010

Ron Lutsko Jr. (M.L.A. '90) was hired to transform an urban backyard after the owners saw his work in their neighbor's yard. Lutsko came up with a design, The Chronicle writes, that utilizes a series of three restful courtyards that were conceived as architecture without roofs using a carefully chosen palette, materials and plantings.

Photo: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco's plan for hosting America's Cup, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 September 2010

Craig Hartman, an architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which is a Wurster Society Professional Member, designed the proposed public regatta center for San Francisco's bid for the next America's Cup. The proposal, John King writes, would transform the drab Piers 30-32 into a striking bayfront amphitheater and sailing showplace. Hartman says that the whole idea of the proposal is to make a structure that represents the green ambitions of the America's Cup.

Photo: San Francisco Chronicle

An estate divided? San Francisco Chronicle, 5 September 2010

Originally designed by John Hudson Thomas, who studied architecture under Bernard Maybeck and John Galen Howard at UC Berkeley in the early 1900s, the Spring Mansion in Berkeley has undergone many transformations. It started out as a mansion for entrepreneur John Hopkins Spring, but later became the Institute of Creative Development, and later it was turned into Williams College. The mansion is now a mansion again and for sale with a $4.95 million asking price.

Photo: San Francisco Chronicle

Havens Elementary in Piedmont CA a lesson in style, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 September 2010

John King writes that the new Piedmont's Havens Elementary School is a lesson on how, convincingly, to make new buildings look as if they have been here all along. Andy Ball, president of Webcor Builders, a Wurster Society Professional Member, and professional member of Center for Built Environment at CED, convinced the school board and the City Council that the new school building could become reality for money already allotted to restore the 1955 facility already on the site. King writes that the new building means students beginning class today will enter a campus attuned to their needs as well as the setting at Oakland and Bonita avenues.

Photo: San Francisco Chronicle

People to Watch in 2010: Keith Helmetag, Graphic Design USA, January 2010

Keith Helmetag (B. Arch. '75) was named one of the People to Watch in 2010 by Graphic Design USA. Helmetag is a founder of C&G Partners and was finalist for the Smithsonian's National Design Award in 2007. He is also currently leading the sign and visitor experience planning for three of New York City’s largest projects: Yankee Stadium, Bank of America’s Headquarters at One Bryant Park (Manhattan’s first LEED-platinum skyscraper) as well as the World Trade Center Memorial Names Commemoration and site graphics, Graphic Design USA writes.

Photo: Graphic Design USA



LAEP student Cecil Howell Wins 2010 ASLA Student Award of Excellence in General Design

LAEP student Cecil Howell won the Award of Excellence in the General Design Category for her project, Vacant Lot Library in the 2010 ASLA Student Awards competition. Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning David Meyer advised Howell on the project. The project proposes creating a network of outdoor libraries within the vacant lots that are scattered throughout San Francisco.

Photo: The Vacant Lot Library Site Plan.

LAEP Students Win 2010 ASLA Student Award of Excellence in Community Service

Six LAEP students won the Award of Excellence in the Community Service Category for their service project, the Landscape Progress Administration (LPA) in the 2010 ASLA Student Awards competition. The Landscape Progress Administration was comprised of LAEP students: Hugo Bruley, Eustacia Brossart, Kirsten Dahl, Jesse Jones, Clare O’Reilly and Adrienne Smith. The team was advised by Associate Adjunct Professor Marcia McNally.

Photo: Landscape Progress Administration: Community Service Locations

Team Led by Professor Paul Waddell Awarded $900,000 NSF Grant

City and Regional Planning Professor Paul Waddell will lead a Berkeley team, along with Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Michael Jordan, that was awarded $900,000 by the National Science Foundation. The Berkeley team will work with a team of Purdue professors on a project to investigate a new computational and simulation framework for interactively modeling and visualizing socio-economic and geometric characteristics of urban areas.

Job Opportunities


COMPANY: College of Environmental Design Jobs at CED
JOB TITLE: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning
LOCATION: Berkeley, CA
REQUIREMENTS: MLA or equivalent. Creative projects, scholarly publications and/or a research degree (Ph.D.) in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, or related fields. Professional experience is desirable.

LAEP Professor Walter Hood is leading the search at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning to fill a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the assistant, associate or full professor level. They will also be expected to contribute to college-wide undergraduate education and offer lectures and/or graduate seminars in one or more areas of expertise including, but not limited to, the following: ecological/sustainable design, environmental and social justice, the design and management of infrastructure and natural resources, design and planning methods, or social/cultural/gender differences in design. As faculty at a research university, the successful candidate will have responsibilities for the production of distinguished scholarly/creative work in landscape architecture and/or environmental planning with initial funding available through the department and University. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2011.

COMPANY: College of Environmental Design Jobs at CED
JOB TITLE: Shop Manager
LOCATION: Berkeley, CA
REQUIREMENTS: Advanced knowledge of instructional and conceptual fabrication design techniques. Advanced knowledge and skills related to the use of power, hand and digital fabrication tools. Advanced knowledge of a wide variety of specialized shop and laboratory equipment.

The CED Shop Manager supervises the 3000+ square foot wood/plastics/metal/concrete shop for the College of Environmental Design, which is available at least 50 hours per week to CED students, faculty and instructors. The Shop Manager also supervises the CAD/CAM Shop Manager who is responsible for the college’s CAD/CAM fabrication facility; this facility is available at least 30 hours per week to CED students, faculty and instructors and is outfitted with 2 Universal laser cutters, 2 3D printers, and a CNC router.

COMPANY: College of Environmental Design Jobs at CED
LOCATION: Berkeley, CA
REQUIREMENTS: Plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the CED CAD/CAM Shop. With faculty, plans, develops and directs the activities of student shop users. Assists the CED Shop Manager with CAD/CAM Shop budget forecasting and operational planning.

The CAD/CAM Shop Manager is responsible for overseeing the college's computer based fabrication facility, which includes two Universal laser cutters, two types of 3D printers and one Techno Isel CNC router.This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check.

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