ASLA Lecture: The Adaptive Metropolis, this Thurs! RSVP HERE

Join us for the first of ASLA-NCC’s 2013 Lecture Series
with guests Blaine Merker and John Bela,
UC Berkeley LAEP alums and lecturers, as well as co-founders of ReBAR
Thursday, January 17th 6:30 – 9:00 @ AIA-SF
Free for ASLA@Berkeley students! Details + RSVP below
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The Adaptive Metropolis – Towards a User-Generated Urbanism

While some tactical urban interventions may be a new piece of source code that rewrites the instructions for building cities, many others are fleeting spectacles that sidestep the urban development long game. Yet a tactical approach is making its way into professional practice through parklets, pilots, trials, interim uses and pop-up projects. What’s the relationship between tactical interventions (sanctioned and otherwise) and long-term planning and citymaking? How can the profession of landscape architecture adapt to a user-generated urbanism and learn from the first drafts of design?

Rebar cofounders Blaine Merker and John Bela will discuss recent projects and design trends in the “adaptive metropolis”.


John Bela, ASLA, is a landscape architect, artist, curator and teacher with over a decade of experience creating public space, public art and community participation projects. A passionate urbanist, John focuses on catalyzing social and spatial innovation to create ecologically sound and socially just environments. John combines insight, humor, wit and rigor to create eye-opening events, spaces and experiences. As a Rebar founder and principal, he has spearheaded the evolution of the practice from tactical interventions to innovation in strategic planning processes to shaping city policy. John lectures and teaches worldwide, is a Senior Lecturer at the California College of Arts in San Francisco and a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Blaine Merker is on a mission to prototype new experiences that transform our interaction with public spaces. Trained as a designer and drawing on a deep interest in performance, history and human behavior, he considers how the making of shared space can secure unconventional rights like the opportunity to play and to view the world daily through fresh eyes. As a Rebar founder and principal, he brings fifteen years’ design experience on projects ranging from grassroots community builds to large-scale urban design, including creating Park(ing) Day, Commonspace, and the Parkcycle. Blaine teaches, writes and speaks about the practice of making as a radical challenge to the conventional creation of cities by professionals.

When: Thursday, January 17th

Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600 

Reception: 6:30 – 7:00 Lecture: 7:00 – 9:00

Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with i.d. Free

UPDATED! Register: CLICK HERE to register for the lecture.


SAVE THE DATES FOR THE 2013 LECTURE SERIES: 2/21, 3/21, 5/16, 6/20

To view past lectures on the ASLA-NCC website CLICK HERE.
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