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Geoffrey Petts: River Management Challenges: A European Perspective to 2020

Wednesday, January 16, 2013   |   6:30 pm   | 112 Wurster Hall

The need to advance an interdisciplinary approach to river management that incorporates hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, engineering and the social sciences is now widely accepted by both academics and policy makers. Geoff Petts, Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster, President of the International Society for River Science, and founding Editor-in-Chief of the international journal River Research and Applications, explores what this means in practice for river management in an environment dominated by human-modified landscapes with uncertain hydro-climatic futures.

A reception in 202 Wurster Hall will precede the lecture, at 5:30 p.m.


William H. Fain, Jr. Book Talk and Signing

Tuesday, January 22, 2013   |   6:00 pm   |  SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

More than half of the world's population lives in cities, and that number is on the rise. "If Cars Could Talk" examines urban environments and offers fresh approaches to sustainable living practices and the development of vibrant urban neighborhoods. At this program, author Bill Fain (B.A. Architecture '68) will share insights for unlocking our cities' potential, gleaned during his forty years of working as an urban designer.

Hosted in partnership with the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED). Books will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the Fain Urban Design Fund at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.


Carlos Leite: Smart Informal Territories: Heliopolis Slum

Wednesday, January 23, 2013   |  5:00 pm   |  214B Wurster Hall

Professor Carlos Leite (Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo) will discuss two of his recent research projects, “Indicators of Sustainability on Urban Development” and "Smart Informal Territories Lab in Heliopolis Slum," which looks at the challenge of the Sustainable Megacity through Sao Paulo’s experience as a city of 20 million people, with expansion that ranges from formal urban development to the informal context of huge slums. This work signalizes parameters for a city that is reinventing itself through eco-urbanism after the "expanding and exhausting" model of the 21st century, when the city grew by 27,000% in population and 40,000% in urban territory in a country, Brazil, that has the 6th world highest GNP today.


Deborah Berke: "Work," Exhibition Opening and Public Lecture

Monday, January 28, 2013   |   6:30 pm   | 112 Wurster Hall

The lecture, “Work," will cover the body of work Berke's firm has produced since it was founded in 1982. Rather than adhere to typical systems of architectural lecture organization – such as typology or chronology – Berke identifies key ideas and themes that tie her diverse body of work together, a design thought-process she describes as a series of non-analogous constellations.

Deborah Berke, a New York City-based architect, is the inaugural recipient of the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design (CED) Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize. Awarded biannually, the Berkeley-Rupp Prize recognizes a distinguished practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.

A complementary exhibit on Deborah Berke’s work will be on display January 28–March 26, 2013, in the Architecture Gallery (108 Wurster Hall).


An opening reception for the exhibition will precede the lecture, at 5:30 pm.


Studio One Symposium 2013: Architecture and the Technological Artifact

Februrary 1-2, 2013   |   6:30 pm (Friday) and 5:30 pm (Saturday)  | 112 Wurster Hall

The second annual Studio One Symposium will be held February 1-2, 2013. Focusing on the studio’s themes of craft, tradition, technology and place, the symposium will bring together a talented group of influential designers, thinkers and makers for two days of design, discussion and debate. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held in 112 Wurster Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus.

Speakers include J. Meejin Yoon, Höweler + Yoon Architecture; Zoe Boira Coombes, Cmmnwlth; Jimenez Lai, Bureau Spectacular; and Andrew Kudless, Matsys.

Organized by Professor Ronald Rael, Studio One Director.

To view the symposium schedule, visit: http://arch.ced.berkeley.edu/studioone/


Ken Smith

Monday, February 4, 2013   |   6:30 pm  | 112 Wurster Hall

Ken Smith, principal and founder of WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, is one of the best-known of a new generation of landscape architects equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture and urbanism. He is committed to creating landscapes, especially parks and other public spaces, as a way of improving the quality of urban life. Much of his work pushes beyond traditional landscape typologies — plaza, street and garden — to landscapes that draw on diverse cultural traditions and influences of the contemporary urban landscape. With a particular emphasis on projects that explore the symbolic content and expressive power of landscape as an art form, the WORKSHOP specializes in the investigation of new expressions in landscape design.


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.


Call for Employer Registration: CED Career Fair 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013   |  12:00 pm  | Chevron Auditorium, International House, UC Berkeley

The College of Environmental Design (CED) and the Career Center are pleased to announce the Fourteenth Annual CED Career Fair. This partnership allows the College to better serve participating firms, as well as professionals and students seeking employment in Environmental Design.
The CED Career Fair 2013 offers a unique forum for exchanging information and networking among people engaged in the disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, City and Regional Planning, Urban Design, and Urban Studies.

How can your firm or agency benefit from attending the Job Fair?
* Directory information describing your firm and job or internships opportunities will be available on the web before the fair and will remain for reference after the fair
* An opportunity to showcase your current projects.
* A forum to discuss job openings for full-time employment as well as internship opportunities.
* An opportunity to hold informal initial interviews and gather resumes from top CED and other Berkeley students and alumni.
To register for the CED Career Fair, please go to https://berkeley-csm.symplicity.com/events/ced13

 If you have questions, please email employers@berkeley.edu.


Infrastructure: Design Necessities

January 14 - April 26, 2013   |   9:00 am - 5:00 pm   |   Volkmann Reading Room, Environmental Design Library

Infrastructure — the technical structures, services and facilities necessary for society to function — is part of the designed landscape. Power sources, water supplies, streets, roads, bridges and various methods of transportation have all drawn the attention of the architect and landscape architect. Original sketches, photographs, drawings and rare books provided by the Environmental Design Archives, Visual Resources Center and Environmental Design Library illustrate the elements that provide the structural framework to respond to societal demand and the physical world.


Exhibit Curated by W. Lowell.
Exhibition Committee: M. Hambro, A. Sanchez, C. Swarm & D. Friday.


Clay in the Bay

January 18 - March 17, 2013 | de Saisset Museum, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0550

On the evening of March 7, artist Nancy Selvin (M.A. Design, '70) will discuss the radical shift that took place in Bay Area ceramic work during the 1960s, and how this direction was in concert with the social and political radicalization of the larger community and its lasting effects on today's clay community.


Clay in the Bay brings together artists from around the region who consistently utilize clay as a form of self-expression. Through the diverse practice and varied technique of the artists, clay is transformed in organic shape, architectural design, and narrative form. The works included in the show speak to the legacy and vitality of the medium in this area. Artists in this exhibition include Bean Finneran, Don Fritz, Francisco "Pancho" Jimenez, Robert "Bo" Kvenild, David Linger, Spring Montes, Mathew Scheatzle, Nancy Selvin, Ehren Tool, Monica Van den Dool, Jenni Ward, and San Welch.


"Deborah Berke Partners": 2012 Berkeley-Rupp Professorship and Prize Exhibition

January 28 - March 26, 2013   |   1:00 - 5:00 pm   |   Architecture Gallery (108 Wurster Hall)

Presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley-Rupp Prize, this exhibition explores the work of New York City-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners, of whom the eponymous founder is the inaugural recipient of the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design (CED) Berkeley–Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize.


The exhibit partially recreates Berke's New York work space. The juxtaposition of the display and the process of Berke’s architecture reflects her fascination with designing places where people make things – from schools and studios to factories and boatyards. During its run, the show will function as a gallery offering visitors a visual catalogue of Berke's career as well as an active work environment for her to use during her time as the Berkeley-Rupp Visiting Professor.

In the News


The Center for the Built Environment Receives New $600K Research Grant, 11 January 2013

The California Energy Commission recently awarded a $600,000 grant to the Center for the Built Environment (CBE). The Commissions PIER Buildings Proogram grant will support two key areas of research: Advanced Personal Environmental Control Systems (APECS), led by Professor Emeritus Edward Arens and Research Specialist Hui Zhang; and space condition in near zero-net-energy (ZNE) buildings, led by Research Specialist Fred Bauman and Assistant Professor of Architecture Stefano Schiavon.

The APECS Project examines the energy-saving potential of personal comfort systems (PCS) in the workplace environment. The second project seeks to provide the professional design community with better information and tools for designing and operating near ZNE buildings using radiant heating and cooling systems. More information about both projects can be found at the Center for the Built Environment website.

‘For rent’ — the future of the Palace of Fine Arts unfolds, Marina Times, 31 December 2012

The fate of the Palace of Fine Arts stands unresolved, as the Exploratorium begins its move to Pier 15. The S.F. Recreation and Park Department (RPD) held duplicate community outreach meetings on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, where members of the community could weigh in proposed future uses for the historic exhibition hall. Presenters at the meeting included Cassandra Costello, property manager for RPD; the Palace of Fine Arts Advisory Committee; Sedway Consulting, a real estate and urban economics consulting firm; the Maybeck Foundation; and EHDD Architecture.

Photo: Marina Times

Carol Galante Confirmed To Federal Housing Administration Post By Senate, Reuters, 30 December 2012

The U.S. Senate confirmed Carol Galante (M.C.P., '78) as an assistant secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Galante had been running the Federal Housing Administration an acting capacity since July 2011

Photo: HUD.gov

Boomlet in livability, SFGate, 25 December 2012

2012 marks the last of the subtle transformations to the San Francisco urban landscape, with many of them, such as green bicycle lanes and parklets, geared towards making the city and the Bay Area a more livable place. In 2013 and onwards, the San Francisco cityscape is set to transform dramatically. Major projects include the opening of the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge, the start of the 230,000 square-foot expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Art, the construction of the 1,070-foot Transbay Tower, as well as the potential for a 17,500-seat arena for the Golden State Warriors on the Embarcadero.

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Healing Landscapes: Clare Cooper Marcus, 14 December 2012

Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emerita, Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, recently gave two lectures on restorative landscapes at the School of Forest and Landscape, University of Copenhagen. While there, she visited two remarkable projects: a unique healing garden at a shelter for battered women; and a forest-landscape project where  soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder are treated through an innovative form of nature-based therapy. These and many other projects will be featured in an up-coming book she is writing with Naomi Sachs (MLA, 1999).  The working title: Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Space ( New York: John Wiley, 2013)



Michael Pyatok, FAIA receives 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture

This year’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture honors Michael Pyatok, FAIA, who has demonstrated a commitment to quality design of public architecture while working in a public sector. Pyatok is the head of the Oakland-based Pyatok Architects, and has focused on elevating the quality of design in affordable and low-income housing, advocating for social cohesion through density, mixed uses, and proximity to transit and services in low-income communities. Pyatok has also demonstrated a commitment to education, and teaches architectural design in the U.S. and Mexico for almost thirty years.

Photo: Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Pyatok Architects

Holberg International Memorial Prize 2012: Manuel Castells

Professor Emeritus and sociologist Manuel Castells was the recipient of the 2012 Holberg Inernational Memorial Prize, awarded annually for outstanding scholarly work in the fields of the arts and the humanities, social sciences, law and theology. Castells' work on the underlying power structures of the city and new information and media technologies have helped to shape an understanding of the social and political dynamics of urban and global economies in a network society.

Photo: Holbergprisen / Marit Hommedal / Scanpix

Michael G. Donovan receives 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship

Michael G. Donovan, Ph.D. (2007), was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in the area of Diplomacy, Development and Security. He became the first CED alum to receive the AAAS public service fellowship since the program was established in 1973. He is placed in the Office of Policy at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where he is implementing recommendations emerging from President Obama’s Policy Directive on Global Development. Currently he is co-chairing a task team that is writing a new Urban Policy to guide service delivery and municipal development programs in USAID's 80+ field missions. He has also been awarded an Embassy Science Fellowship to assist coastal planning and disaster risk reduction efforts in Small Island States. 

Previously, Donovan served for four years as the urban specialist for the OECD where he co-authored fifteen books, including Metropolitan Reviews on Cape Town, Chicago, Chihuahua-Ciudad Juárez, Copenhagen-Malmö, Gauteng, Guangdong, Toronto, and Venice-Padua-Treviso. He also managed the OECD Urban Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers, which seeks to forge policy dialogue between municipal and national governments.

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