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Old City Hall: Corruption and Racism in 19th Century San Francisco

Wednesday, December 12, 2012   |   7:30 pm   |   518 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA

Glenn Lym (BArch '67) presents an architectural and political history of the 27-year project of building the original City Hall, a building that fell down in the 1906 earthquake, revealing deeply inadequate and corrupt building practices. Meanwhile, when construction began in the 1870s, the white working class was raging against capitalism and the Chinese in equal parts, providing the impetus for the 1882 federal Chinese Exclusion Act. Chris Carlsson will join the conversation to connect the social and physical histories.


Frameworks Fall 2012 Edition - now available online


The 2012 issue of CED's Frameworks is now available online.

The current issue features articles by Professor of City and Regional Planning Michael Dear, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design René Davids, Professor of Architecture Margaret Crawford, CED Dean Jennifer Wolch, plus additional features on an urban planning studio project, and CED alumni, including Bob Lalanne and 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award winner John Wong.

Subscriptions to the online version of Frameworks are available in the form of an RSS Feed.


2013 Berkeley Circus: Tickets Now on Sale

Friday, March 1, 2013   |   5:30 pm   | California Memorial Stadium, UC Berkeley

Purchase your tickets for 2013 Berkeley Circus Soirée now!

Join us for the third annual Berkeley Circus Soirée on the evening of Friday, March 1, in the skybox at the newly renovated California Memorial Stadium. the Soirée will begin with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony. Following the ceremony will be a talk by Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the Highline in New York City. The evening will come to a close with a festive cocktail reception.


Happy Holidays from the College of Environmental Design

The College of Environmental Design would like to thank everyone who has offered their support to us throughout the past year. After wrapping up our fall 2012 semester, CED students, faculty and staff are grateful for everything you have done to help the college's tradition of excellent and innovative environmental design education continue to thrive.

As the year comes to a close, please consider making a gift to CED.

We wish you a joyful holiday and look forward to a prosperous New Year!



January 22, 2013: William H. Fain, Jr. Book Talk and Signing, SPUR San Francisco


January 28, 2013: Exhibit opening and public lecture by Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize Recipient -- Deborah Berke, 108 Wurster.


Call for Submissions: The Berkeley Planning Journal

Deadline: January 5, 2013

Students, faculty, alumni, and professionals are invited to submit papers to The Berkeley Planning Journal's (BPJ), a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published annually by the graduate students in the UC Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning, 26th volume. This call for papers is purposefully open, defined solely by a general focus on city and regional planning, space, place, policy, history, theory, power, politics, technology, and capital. However, as a reflection of this journal’s recent transition to an online format allowing us to be experimental in content and format, critical submissions topical to “Experiments in Planning” are encouraged.

The journal focuses on research-based papers, but will also accept essays, photo essays, interviews and new media formats. Volume 26 will be published in an electronic-only format that allows us to feature new media content. We encourage authors to contribute content specialized for the Internet, including hyperlinked text, high-resolution images, interactive maps, and audio/video content.


Sandhya Sood, AIA: Houses that Work, Houses that Grow: Learning from Julia Morgan

Tuesday, December 18, 2012   |   6:00 - 8:00 pm   |   AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

California’s first woman architect, Julia Morgan led a proficient practice in San Francisco for almost half a century from 1904 onwards with over 700 buildings to her credit. She also designed many houses in the regional tradition of the San Francisco Bay Area that have endured a century of habitation, absorbing changing lifestyles and culture over the decades. Presenting slides of photographs and drawings that have rarely been seen or published, this lecture will evaluate Morgan’s successful house designs to examine their timeless qualities and spatial attributes that make them so livable, usable and sustainable over time.

Sandhya Sood, AIA (M.Arch '99) is a California registered, award winning architect and Principal of Accent Architecture+Design, founded in 2003. Her multicultural experience as a practicing architect has contributed to her global understanding of the relevance of history in contemporary architecture and urbanism. Her work integrates new with re-use and modern with sustainable practices of traditional typologies.


GROUND UP Journal Call for Submissions

Deadline for submissions: January 4, 2012


The CED student-produced journal GROUND UP would like to invite students, faculty, staff, and alumni of CED in our call for submissions. We invite previously unpublished critical articles (2500 word maximum), built or speculative work, graphic responses, mappings, data visualizations, photo essays, anecdotes, manifestos or poetry related to the current prompt. Please email your submission to submissions by midnight, PST on January 4, 2013.


Hidden Engineer: The Designs of Julia Morgan

September 10 - December 17, 2012   |   9:00 - 5:00 pm   |   Volkmann Reading Room, Environmental Design Library

Julia Morgan was a pioneer throughout her professional life. The first woman to enter and complete an education at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she later designed Hearst Castle, and left more than 700 buildings throughout California and the West. Among other reasons, she is notable for having designed so many women-commissioned projects. This exhibit is mounted in conjunction with the Landmarks California Commission’s Julia Morgan 2012 celebration, and re-examines some of Julia Morgan’s most influential designs, using material from the Environmental Design Archives, Visual Resources Collection, and Environmental Design Library. Exhibit Curated by M. Hambro. Exhibition Committee: A. Sanchez & W. Lowell.


Kenneth P. Green Sr. Photography: DeFremery Park

September 2012 - February 2013 | 9:00am - 5pm | The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

As staff photographer for the Oakland Tribune between 1968-1982, Kenneth P. Green Sr. captured in the still image some of the most dramatic and dynamic social changes occurring not only in Oakland, but in our time. His work reflects the best of both photojournalism and photography – a chronicle of the here and now, and a collection of personal portraits that illustrate the timeless, human side of the people involved. This exhibition highlights early photographs taken at DeFremery Park in Oakland, a center for community organizing, an important base for the Black Panther Party and for the nascent Black student movement that was taking place at Laney and Merritt Colleges.


Architecture at Zero

On view through December 20, 2012 | AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94104

The Architecture at Zero 2012 exhibition showcases the 35 entries in the competition earlier this year to design a student housing or administrative building for the University of California, Merced that would consume no more energy than it generates through solar panels and other features. Entries included work by students and professional practices, including a winning entry by Loisos & Ubbelohde Associates of Alameda, of which Professor of Architecture Susan Ubbelohde is a partner.

In the News


UC Berkeley closes Bear's Lair campus pub, SFGate, 08 December 2012

UC Berkeley closes its on-campus pub, the Bear's Lair, part of the ongoing $233 million overhaul of Lower Sproul Plaza. As part of the redevelopment process, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building, where the Bear's Lair is located, will be gutted and rebuilt at twice the size. Other steps in the redevelopment process including razing Eshleman Hall, repaving the plaza, and remodeling the Cesar Chavez Student Center. A new bear statue will also join the elevated bear statue on the new Lower Sproul Plaza.

The Lower Sproul Plaza renovation is expected to be completed by 2015.

Photo: Michael Macor

Healthier Tribal Housing: Combining the Best of Old and New, Environmental Health Perspectives, 03 December 2012

Since March 2008, the Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) has been partnering with the Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN) near Ukiah, CA to co-design culturally-inspired, sustainable housing and renewable energy power systems that utilize sustainability best practices, renewable energy technology, and reflect the long-standing culture of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. The partnership has been honored with the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in the Civic Engagement and has also been featured in UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering's Innovations (October 2008), College of Engineering's Engineering News (December 2008), College of Engineering's ForeFront (Spring 2009), and the University Relations’ Promise of Berkeley (Fall 2009). The article also discusses various green and clean up efforts on tribal housing nationwide.

Photo: Nate Seltenrich

Thematic Group on Complexity and Planning: 10th meeting, AESOP, 16-17 November 2012

Judith Innes Emerita DCRP faculty gave the keynote speech at the Association of European Schools of Planning Workshop on Complexity at Groningen University in the Netherlands in November. The topic was Civic Networks for Sustainable Regions. She also served on an audit committee for the Planbureau Voor De Leefomgeving, an environmental assessment agency of the Dutch government in the Hague in November.

Photo: AESOP

Garden of Light, GreenSource, 01 November 2012

The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley recently hosted the event Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden which featured site-specific installations that interact with the 34-acre landscape in subtle ways. Assistant Professor of Architecture Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello's piece SOL Grotto, a pavilion built using 1,368 glass tubes left by solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra, was one of the highlights of the evening. Their piece capitalizes on the potential of the tubes to create something beautiful and illuminating.

Photo: Matthew Millman

DCRP Alums' Work in Journal of the American Planning Association, JAPA Vol. 78, No. 3, Summer 2012

In her article titled "The Mixed-Use Sidewalk" Annette Kim (M.A Design '02, Ph.D. City & Regional Planning '02) discusses the reconceptualization of spaces that should be used for more than transportation using Ho Chi Minh City's vibrant life as an example of a mixed-use sidewalk system that supports multiple livelihoods and lifestyles. Gian-Claudia Sciara's (Ph.D. City & Regional Planning '09) article titled "Planning for Unplanned Pork" uncovers several unforeseen planning, financial, and administrative challenges associated with congressional earmarks and how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) manage earmarks post hoc, creatively improving earmarking outcomes and strengthening planning in the process. In her article titled "When to Partner for Public Infrastructure?" Jan Whittington (Ph.D. City & Regional Planning '08) presents a method planners can use toe valuate the cost-effectiveness of a common, core element of public-private partnership known as the design-build contract.



World Renowned Landscape Architect Peter Walker is the 2012 Laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

The Urban Land Institute's (ULI) 2012 J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development was recently awarded to Peter Walker, founder of PWP Landscape Architecture in Berkeley. The J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development recognizes a person who has demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards of responsible development. Walker was the head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley; chairman of the Landscape Architecture Department and the acting director of the Urban Design Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His most prominent projects include the: National September 11 Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” in New York City; Jamison Square Park in Portland, Oregon; the Nasher Foundation Sculpture Garden in Dallas; Sony Center in Berlin; Millennium Park in Sydney; and Constitution Gardens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Saigon South New City Center - 2012 ULI Global Awards for Excellence

John Lund Kriken (BArch '61), FAIA a professor with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and a consulting partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, San Francisco has received an Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2012 Global Excellence Award for his Master Design Plan for Saigon South, a plan for the sustainable expansion of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, for approximately one million people. The planning began in 1993 and the first phase is nearly complete. In 1997 this plan also received a National AIA Urban Design Honor Award.

Photo: Phu My Hung Corporation

Alum awarded Outstanding Single Family Project, 2012 LEED for Homes Awards

Isabelle Duvivier (BArch '85, MArch '92) was recently awarded the Outsstanding Single Family Project for her work on the Brooks Residence by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as part of the 2012 LEED Homes Awards. The awards recognize projects, developers, and homebuilders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential green building marketplace. The LEED Platinum home is located in Venice, California. Duvivier's goal was to restore the home and reduce the footprint/impact of the house on the planet through water, energy, and material efficiency. The home's design also creates a habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies.

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