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26 October 2011

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CED Alumni Reception at the 2011 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego

October 30, 2011  |  6-8PM  |Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Room 202A, Level 2 (Indigo), 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA
Please RSVP to Mary Cocoma

Join us to celebrate and meet CED's recipients of the 2011 ASLA Student Awards and congratulate your fellow CED alumni who have been recognized with 2011 Profession Awards. Reacquaint yourself with fellow colleagues and classmates, and learn about what's new at Wurster Hall.


You are also invited to attend the ASLA Alumni Reunion after the conclusion of the CED Alumni Reception from 8:00 to 10:00pm in the Sapphire Ballroom, Level 4 of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.More than 6,000 landscape architecture professionals from across the U.S. and around the world will gather in San Diego, October 30 – November 2, to enjoy the fellowship of our profession.


Hosted by: Professor G. Mathias Kondolf, Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning.


Gordon Linden to Speak at 34th Annual Asian American Architects and Engineers Dinner

October 28, 2011  |  6-10PM  |  InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

Gordon Linden will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Asian American Architects and Engineers 34th Annual Dinner on the 28th of October, 2011 which will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Linden (B. Arch '68) an architect and urban planner currently working with Parsons on the Ministry of Housing project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will be speaking on the topic of “Mega Projects – From Olympics and Expos to America’s Cup”.


Linden’s professional career has included a variety of international and U.S. assignments with organizations hosting Olympic Games and International Expositions (“Expos”). He recently has been acting as advisor to the team assisting the Government of Thailand in their bid to host Expo 2020. His book, “The Expo Book: A Guide to the Planning, Organization, Design and Operation of International Expositions” was launched last year at the US Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010, the largest and most heavily attended Expo in history registering an attendance of over 70 million. The Expo Book is available at www.theexpobook.com and is currently being translated by King Saud University in Saudi Arabia and for publication this fall in the Arabic-speaking world.



Louise Mozingo & Richard Walker in Conversation about the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Fire

October 30, 2011  |  3:00PM  |  Gallery 4, Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley, CA

Professors Louise Mozingo (Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design) and Richard Walker (Geography) discuss the social-historical, economic, ecological, and environmental contexts of the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Fire in the first of several public conversations associated with the exhibition 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach. The conversation will take place at 3pm Oct. 30 in Gallery 4 of the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM) .

The exhibition features elegiac and dramatic images of the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Fire by renowned Bay Area photographer Richard Misrach, who for two decades kept the photographs in storage out of respect for the victims of the inferno. To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Fire, BAM/PFA and the Oakland Museum of California each present forty photographs from Misrach's collection. 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath is on view at the Berkeley Art Museum October 12, 2011-February 5, 2012.

Photo: Richard Misrach.


Amir Gohar: Community, Sustainability, and Public Space: Urban Design after the Arab Spring

November 7, 2011  |  5PM Reception: 1st Floor Lobby  | 6:30PM Lecture: 112 Wurster Hall
For Reception please RSVP to Mary Anne Clark

Please join us at the pre-lecture reception where research team leader and LAEP Department Chair, Professor G. Mathias Kondolf, will introduce Amir Gohar and the Cairo research team.  Their research has been compiled into the publication Connecting Cairo to the Nile: Renewing Life and Heritage on the River.   In January 2011, graduate students from Cairo University, American University Cairo, and University of California Berkeley worked together in interdisciplinary teams to develop long-term plans and designs for the Nile waterfront in Cairo.


In the aftermath of the Arab spring, Amir Gohar will talk about how Cairo has remarkable opportunities to reconnect its people with the river through increased access to the waterfront, environmental improvements, pedestrian pathways, and attractive public spaces.


Complimentary copies of the report will be available at the reception and can also be found online.


Sustainable Economic Development Strategies in Lean Fiscal Times

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011   |   The David Brower Center   | Register Online by Nov. 3

The Sustainable Economic Development Strategies in Lean Fiscal Times is a conference offered by the Institute of Urban & Regional Development, and sponsored by Berkeley Law and the College of Environmental Design. The conference will feature former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm as keynote speaker, plus three panel discussions—on local fiscal crisis, real estate development in a post-redevelopment world, and urban manufacturing.

Space at the Brower Center is limited. Please register early! Standard registration: $75. Government/Non-profit: $50. UC Berkeley/LBNL students, faculty and staff: free, but you must register.

Conference Organizers: Prof. Michelle Wilde Anderson, Berkeley Law; Prof. Karen Chapple, UC Berkeley City & Regional Planning and Associate Director IURD; Visiting Prof. Cecilia Estolano, Estolano LeSar & Perez LLC.

In the News


Zero Net Energy Community Established - Oct. 23, 2011 SF Chronicle

80 miles east of San Francisco, a remarkable and new 130-acre development has sprung up in Davis, claiming to be the nation's largest zero-net energy community. SWA's master plan arranges buildings in loose clusters so as to allow afternoon breezes from the delta to filter through the site. These moves are keyed to the Davis climate, where summer days often are accompanied by triple-digit temperatures.

Photo: Photo: Michael Macor / The Chronicle

Loss Assessment: Kurt Lavenson Speaks on the Struggle to Rebuild After Disaster - Oct. 20, 2011 Berkeleyside

In a captivating account, Kurt Lavenson discusses the gradual process of reconstruction in the aftermath of a fire that consumed his home. In his writing, he describes the destruction but also the possibility of renewal from the ashes of the fire.

Photo: Berkeleyside

Growing Gardens Up a Wall - Oct. 19, 2011 SF Chronicle

San Francisco is now the home to a unique and innovative intersection of urban design and vegetation featured at the Drew School in Lower Pacific Heights. Here "vertical gardens" have taken root on the walls of the School.

Roma Design Group, where many CED Alumni currently work at, customized the depth and size of the windows to accommodate the growth of these friendly plants. This landscape wall is a beautiful dichotomy of architecture and a burgeoning green consciousness in the Bay Area.

Photo: Thomas Webb / The Chronicle

From Warehouse to Hip Geometric Fortress - Oct. 17, 2011 , Inc Magazine

IwamotoScott transformed a standard warehouse in San Francisco's Dogpatch to a geometric-minded tri-level matrix of workspaces and a glorious showroom. Obscura Digital headquarters in San Francisco was designed by IwamotoScott Architecture. This entry showcased true inventiveness by a firm, in dealing with a straightforward space, tight budget, and strict redesign schedule.

Photo: Obscura Digital

CED Alumni Machado + Silvetti Architects Bridge Inspiration with the Chazen Museum of Art - Oct. 16, 2011 Wisconsin State Journal

Highly visible in the heart of Madison on University Avenue near Park Street, the Chazen addition was designed by Boston-based Machado + Silvetti Architects. Its limestone and copper-clad facade connects it aesthetically and historically to the Chazen's existing building.

The pedestrian corridor between the two buildings, framed overhead by a skywalk that is actually gallery space with a stunning south-facing view of Lake Mendota.

Photo: John Hart /Wisconsin State Journal

The Houses of William Wurster Remain in Impressively High Demand in the Bay Area - Oct. 14, 2011 Berkeleyside

A new book and exhibition on the architecture of William Wurster who founded the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley in 1959, serves as a reminder of the desirability of the homes he designed. And Wurster homes do still come up for sale in Berkeley and the Bay Area with some regularity, so becoming an owner of one is not outside the bounds of possibility.

The prominence of Wurster-designed homes within the housing market is a testament to the veritable ingeunity put on by the late architect and teacher.

Q&A With Ray Kappe: Man of the House - Oct. 5, 2011 ArchitectsNewspaper

Ray Kappe (B.A. Architecture '51), one of the most acclaimed architects in Southern California was Founding Chairman of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and Founding Director of SCI-Arc. Now at 84, he opens up about the problems with prefabs, SCI-Arc’s issues, and his attitudes about architecture and recognition.

Photo: Archpaper.com

LACMA's "Living the Modern Way" - Oct. 1, 2011 LA Times

The museum has re-created an October 1951 cover of the Los Angeles Times Home magazine showing a plastic Eames armchair, Van Keppel-Green cord patio furniture and other pieces of modern living along with a headline that confidently declared: "What Makes the California Look."

"The reason we chose this image was because it encapsulates the essence of California," said Bobbye Tigerman, co-curator of the show. "All of the objects shown in the photo were then used in an exhibition that traveled around the country, and some actually traveled abroad in a State Department show. Not only did The Times deem these the essential pieces of the era, but these choices were sent out into the world to represent California modernism."

"Living in a Modern Way" has been in development since 2006 and is being presented as part of Pacific Standard Time, the initiative in which dozens of cultural institutions across the region spotlight Los Angeles' contributions to modern art. The LACMA show also includes a full-scale replica of Charles and Ray Eames' living room, complete with 1,864 objects moved from the Pacific Palisades landmark.

Photo: Anne Cusack / LA Times



David Baker FAIA Wins the CCAIA 2012 Distinguished Practice Award

The California Council of the American Institute of Architects recently awarded David Baker (M. Arch. '82) the 2012 Distinguished Practice Award.

Established in 1982, David Baker + Partners (DB+P) is best known for the design of environmentally and socially sustainable affordable housing that fosters a lively sense of community. Working with partners Peter MacKenzie and Kevin Wilcock, founder David Baker, FAIA, has pioneered tactics that have significantly changed the way planners, developers, tenants, and neighbors approach such projects. Baker and his firm’s primary tactic is thinking not “outside the box”, but outside the building: conceiving the project as part of the holistic fabric of the block, neighborhood, or city.


Job Opportunities


COMPANY: Nelson Bryd Woltz
JOB TITLE: Experienced Staff Designer/Landscape Architect
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
REQUIREMENTS: MLA or M.Arch desired; BSLA/BLA or related degrees will be considered based on
experience and design strength
CONTACT: Sherry Whiting, hr@nbwla.com

Nelson Byrd Woltz LLC, an award-winning landscape architecture firm, seeks a Landscape Architect/Staff Designer with three to five years experience to join our design team in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are committed to design excellence in the creation of landscapes that are sustainable and honor ecological and cultural contexts of place. The broad knowledge base and diverse backgrounds of our staff contributes greatly to the firm’s ability to work on a diverse range of projects and to respond effectively to individual client needs.

Successful candidates will demonstrate strong design and graphic production skills including hand drawing and rendering. Candidates should have a full range of project experience from conceptual design through construction administration. Candidates must be detail oriented; efficient; adaptable to changing deadlines and priorities; and able work well as part of a team. Designers are expected to think critically and contribute creatively to the design process.

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