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Nominations for 2014-2015 Officers open now

Elections for next year’s ASLA@Berkeley officers will take place this month. If you are interested in getting involved and want to learn more about the different committees and positions, please read the descriptions below.

Nominations are open thru March 10th 4th, 5pm. To nominate yourself or somebody else, please submit your nomination online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AzhNtAOEMwCevV_QfTJDnIVrAtq6rmpwifT1Hd05w54/viewform

ASLA@Berkeley Officer Descriptions

Executive Committee officers may be graduate or undergraduate students.

In addition to the individual responsibilities listed below, the Execuvite Committee works together to establish the strategic direction for ASLA; coordinates communication between committees, facilitates student involvement in department activites such as open houses, orientation, and alumni events, and represents the department on the CED Graduate Student Council, the Graduate Assembly, and (potentially) the CED Undergraduate Student Council.

PRESIDENT  (current: Becky Lithander)

   – Schedules and runs executive, officer and department-wide ASLA at Berkeley meetings

   – Represents ASLA at Berkeley at meetings of the Northern California Chapter of ASLA

   – Represents ASLA at Berkeley at orientation and alumni events

   – PERKS: Free student membership in national ASLA, subscription to Landscape Architecture Magazine, and opportunities to network with Bay Area professionals and alumni

VICE-PRESIDENT  (current: Rae Ishee)

   – Assists the President in scheduling and running executive, officer, and department-wide meetings

   – Keeps track of the committees’ progress in planning activities, ensuring things happen!

   – Supports the rest of the Executive Committee in carrying out their responsibilities, as needed

-Graduate Assembly representative

TREASURER  (current: Jing Ma)

   – Oversees chapter finances, e.g., monitors chapter accounts, processes reimbursements, makes deposits and payments

   – Works with committees to develop and monitor budgets

   – Coordinates and submits grant applications

   – Oversees other fundraising activities

COMMUNICATIONS  (current: Yolanta Siu)

   – Promotes ASLA at Berkeley activities by maintaining and updating the ASLA at Berkeley website and bulletin board, making and posting fliers, etc.

   – Records and distributes notes from executive, officer and chapter meetings

   – Maintains an archive of chapter activities

   – Administers annual officer elections

SOCIAL AND SERVICE COMMITTEE

(current: Marta Gual, Kinya Shiraishi, Mike Peterson, Veronica Wong)

Two graduate student officers and two undergraduate student officers.

The Service & Social Committee provides outlets for social interaction among students, particularly across disciplines, degrees, and classes, and organizes opportunities for students to work together to serve UC Berkeley and Bay Area communities, carrying on the legacy of the Landscape Progress Administration.

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE

(current: Maël Castellan, Nate Kauffman, Miriam Eason, Mariel Steiner)

Two graduate design student officers and one graduate EP student officer and one undergraduate officer.

The Academic Committee represents students’ interests in academic, policy and administrative decision-making within LAEP and CED. Members of the committee act as student representatives on the LAEP Curriculum Committee, sit in on LAEP faculty meetings, and serve as members of the CED Graduate Student Council, which works with the Dean’s office on inter-departmental issues.

PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEE

(current: Catherine Reibel, Daniel Prostak, Tanya Eggers)

Two graduate student officers and one or two undergraduate officer(s).

The professional committee promotes networking with local professionals, and coordinates events that help students learn about the possible career paths a landscape architecture degree provides and prepare for joining the professional community.

IT STUDENT LIAISON

(current: Erik Jensen)

The IT Student Liaison communicates student IT issues and needs to the LAEP Chair and the CED IT. This position began in Spring 2013.

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Upcoming Rainwater Harvesting talks with Brad Lancaster

Check out these upcoming talks with rainwater harvesting guru Brad Lancaster, hosted by the Bay-Friendly Coalition.

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Simple & Effective Ways to Enhance the Natural Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World

DATE: Monday, February 10, 2014
TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hall of Flowers In Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue @ Lincoln Ave, San Francisco
COST: Register before 2/7/2014 and the cost is $15 for Bay-Friendly members, and $20 for non-members. After 2/7/14, the cost is $20 for Bay-Friendly members, and $25 for non-members.

Turning Drains Into Sponges and Water Scarcity Into Water Abundance

DATE: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Lakeside Park Garden Center on Lake Merritt, 66 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
COST: Register before 2/7/2014 and the cost is $15 for Bay-Friendly members, and $20 for non-members. After 2/7/14, the cost is $20 for Bay-Friendly members, and $25 for non-members.

 

ASLA@Berkeley Newsletter February 2014

Hey ASLA@Berkeley!

Welcome back from Winter Break! We just had our first general meeting last week, but in case you couldn’t make it or didn’t catch all the information, here’s a quick recap:

A message from the Executive Committee:

Elections for next year’s ASLA@Berkeley officers will take place next month. If you are interested in getting involved and want to learn more about the different committees and positions, please read the descriptions at the end of this email.

Nominations are open now thru March 3rd, 5pm. To nominate yourself or somebody else, please add them to the list on the ASLA board (outside 315 studio, on the way to the bathroom) or submit your nomination online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AzhNtAOEMwCevV_QfTJDnIVrAtq6rmpwifT1Hd05w54/viewform

We are looking for a volunteer to refine our new logo! Estimated time commitment: 2-3 hours. For more info, contact Rae.

Last semester we held a logo design charette and voted for a winner. This semester we need to refine the logo to use on a new ASLA@Berkeley banner and future printed materials.

We are working to organize a new event, a Wine Tour and Networking event with students and local professionals, co-sponsored by the ASLA-NCC, our local chapter. We are planning to hold this event March 15th. If you are interested in helping with this event, contact Rae (eulailarae [at] gmail.com). This will be a great event and an excellent deal for students, so stay posted for registration. More details to follow soon.

 

A message from the Treasurer:

ASLA@Berkeley was granted full available funds by the GA last semester, and we anticipate the same for the spring semester. We currently have a small surplus of funds which will be used to support upcoming events this semester.

A message from the Professional Committee:

The Professional Speaker series picks up again this month. Details to follow for 2/24.

Coming this spring: portfolio review session. Stay posted for more details.

A message from the Academic Committee:

The department has been implementing curriculum changes over the past few years. We are organizing a forum to get your feedback on what is and isn’t working with these changes as well as what still needs changing. Once we receive comments we will summarize them and present them to the department’s Curriculum Committee. Stay posted for the date and time.

A message from the Social Committee:

We are planning a Spring BBQ Social for LAEP undergrads and grads. If you would like to get involved and help out, contact Mike Peterson, mpeterson833 [at] berkeley.edu. Otherwise, stay posted for more info.

There are still a few CED happy hours waiting for an organizer. If you want to host a happy hour, contact Marta Gual, marta_gual [at] berkeley.edu.

A message from the Technical Liaison:

Thank you for providing feedback on your problems with Airbears. Your issues were shared with the CED IT office, and problems were addressed over winter break. Hopefully this issue is resolved. We continue to advocate for better design software to improve our education. The discussion is ongoing. If more technical issues arise, please contact Erik Jensen, erikjensen [at] berkeley.edu.

ASLA@Berkeley Officer Descriptions

Executive Committee officers may be graduate or undergraduate students.

In addition to the individual responsibilities listed below, the Execuvite Committee works together to establish the strategic direction for ASLA; coordinates communication between committees, facilitates student involvement in department activites such as open houses, orientation, and alumni events, and represents the department on the CED Graduate Student Council, the Graduate Assembly, and (potentially) the CED Undergraduate Student Council.

PRESIDENT  (current: Becky Lithander)

   – Schedules and runs executive, officer and department-wide ASLA at Berkeley meetings

   – Represents ASLA at Berkeley at meetings of the Northern California Chapter of ASLA

   – Represents ASLA at Berkeley at orientation and alumni events

   – PERKS: Free student membership in national ASLA, subscription to Landscape Architecture Magazine, and opportunities to network with Bay Area professionals and alumni

VICE-PRESIDENT  (current: Rae Ishee)

   – Assists the President in scheduling and running executive, officer, and department-wide meetings

   – Keeps track of the committees’ progress in planning activities, ensuring things happen!

   – Supports the rest of the Executive Committee in carrying out their responsibilities, as needed

-Graduate Assembly representative

TREASURER  (current: Jing Ma)

   – Oversees chapter finances, e.g., monitors chapter accounts, processes reimbursements, makes deposits and payments

   – Works with committees to develop and monitor budgets

   – Coordinates and submits grant applications

   – Oversees other fundraising activities

COMMUNICATIONS  (current: Yolanta Siu)

   – Promotes ASLA at Berkeley activities by maintaining and updating the ASLA at Berkeley website and bulletin board, making and posting fliers, etc.

   – Records and distributes notes from executive, officer and chapter meetings

   – Maintains an archive of chapter activities

   – Administers annual officer elections

SOCIAL AND SERVICE COMMITTEE

(current: Marta Gual, Kinya Shiraishi, Mike Peterson, Veronica Wong)

Two graduate student officers and two undergraduate student officers.

The Service & Social Committee provides outlets for social interaction among students, particularly across disciplines, degrees, and classes, and organizes opportunities for students to work together to serve UC Berkeley and Bay Area communities, carrying on the legacy of the Landscape Progress Administration.

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE

(current: Maël Castellan, Nate Kauffman, Miriam Eason, Mariel Steiner)

Two graduate design student officers and one graduate EP student officer and one undergraduate officer.

The Academic Committee represents students’ interests in academic, policy and administrative decision-making within LAEP and CED. Members of the committee act as student representatives on the LAEP Curriculum Committee, sit in on LAEP faculty meetings, and serve as members of the CED Graduate Student Council, which works with the Dean’s office on inter-departmental issues.

PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEE

(current: Catherine Reibel, Daniel Prostak, Tanya Eggers)

Two graduate student officers and one or two undergraduate officer(s).

The professional committee promotes networking with local professionals, and coordinates events that help students learn about the possible career paths a landscape architecture degree provides and prepare for joining the professional community.

IT STUDENT LIAISON

(current: Erik Jensen)

The IT Student Liaison communicates student IT issues and needs to the LAEP Chair and the CED IT. This position began in Spring 2013.

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THUNDERDOME DEBATES | Drawing in Design: Discovery or Illustration?

Monday, February 3, at 6:30 pm in Wurster 112

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As part of the LAEP Department’s Thunderdome debate series, Professor Catherine Dee will debate the value of drawing in the design process, and its role in a contemporary design education, with Berkeley’s Professor Chip Sullivan. The conversation will address differences in American and European approaches to teaching drawing in landscape architecture, and the relationships between hand and digital drawing. Both Chip and Catherine are authors of prominent books about drawing in design, but from different positions. The debate will be accompanied by an exhibit of Catherine Dee’s work (February 2-March 5, Wurster Gallery), and she will lecture about that work the evening before (Monday, February 3, at 6:30 pm in Wurster 112).

More info…

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Saturday: BuildFest + film screening–documentary about Berkeley charter school program

Realm Charter School & Studio H, will be sponsoring a BuildFest & film screening, Sat. night, Nov. 23,  of the movie, “If You Build It”.   

Step into the classroom for an evening, and share the story and experience of Studio H.

Studio H is a unique design/build program for 8th grade students at REALM Charter School. Students of Studio H learn creative, critical thinking, and construction skills to build real-world projects and transform their communities. Studio H is an initiative of the nonprofit Project H Design. All proceeds from the evening will fund project material costs for Studio H.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE:

5:00pm – 6:30pm: Build-Fest in Studio H classroom. Be a Studio H student for the evening and design/build with us!

6:30pm: Doors open for film-screening

7:00pm: Film screening begins, short Q+A will follow.

 

Reserve your tickets here: https://studiohrealm.eventbrite.com

Save the Date! Alternative Wurster-located Charrette scheduled

Thank you to the folks who came to participate in the Blake Garden charrette. We’ve got a marvelous start. You can still get involved with this project….
The next charrette is located in 315 Wurster on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 from 2 to 4pm
Please email Kinya to get the link of the video he made of Lauri giving us a tour and information about the site. Visit Blake Garden before the charrette if you can.

So far, Blake charrette participants have well developed individual conceptual design proposals we will incorporate into the next charrette. It is possible to still participate without a proposal, but interested individuals should get a site plan from Kinya and come to the charrette with at least a few designs ideas sketched out.

 

Blake Garden design charrette

Blake Garden design charrette

Join the charrette tomorrow at Blake Garden from 3-5pm to brainstorm the design of the area around the new ADA path. This project was recently awarded TGIF grant funds to purchase plants.

ASLA@Berkeley Newsletter

Hey everyone, the next ASLA@Berkeley General Meeting is this coming Monday, November 4 at 1:30-2PM in 315C Wurster immediately following a special lecture by Michael Van Gessel from 12:30-1:30 in 315A.

A lot has happened since our last meeting, so we thought we would give a recap on what has happened so far this semester and to give  a glimpse of some in-progress projects that are happening! If you are interested in taking part in anything mentioned below, come sign up at the meeting or send one of the committee members an email.

A Message from the Executive Committee

Vote for ASLA@ Berkeley’s new logo!

Thanks to those who participated in last month’s logo design charrette. We have selected three representative logo options from the myriad of excellent options. Come see the contenders at Monday’s meeting and vote for your top choice. The winner will be further refined to become our new logo.

 

A Message from the Treasurer

plantsale-2(Picture taken by Mam Suteethorn)

ASLA@Berkeley had a successful plant sale this year, making about $300 of profit. This money along with our Graduate Assembly funding, which will be announced November 16, will be used to support ASLA events and snacks for general meetings. Thank you for all the dedicated volunteers, and we hope everyone enjoys their plants!

A winter plant sale at the beginning of the Spring Semester is currently under discussion, so please bring your ideas and suggestions to the Monday general meeting!

 

A Message from the Professional Committee

ASLA-Berkeley_Pro_speaker1(Picture taken by Daniel Prostak)

The Professional committee just kicked off their Professional Speaker Lunch Series with G.V. Chang from SWA talking about green infrastructure in practice. The event saw a sizeable turnout, but we would love to see more of you at the next event!

For the next Professional Speaker Lunch Series, Trudy Garber from the Trust for Public Land will be coming on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11-12PM. Trudy graduated from the UC Berkeley MLA/MCP program in 2010.

Nathan Lozier from RHAA, will be coming Thurs, Nov. 21 from 7-9PM to give a workshop on portfolios. This will be a good chance to get your portfolios ready for the portfolio review event in the Spring Semester.

The Professional Committee is also looking for another undergraduate member for the committee! If interested, please contact any Professional Committee member to learn more!

 

A Message from the Social Committee

Good news from ASLA Social Committee! Student landscape designers needed for Blake Garden. We received a $2,000 TGIF grant to install a California native and drought tolerant student design at Blake Garden!

We would love your creative input and this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and what the process of post-design implementation can be. Please contact Kinya at kinyashiraishi@berkeley.edu if you would like to participate in this project.

We will schedule a charrette in the near future to solicit creative ideas and designs from students and interested community members to enhance the area around the newly constructed ADA accessible path. This path allows more people to experience Blake Garden and we would like to combine an attractive student-generated garden design with a viewshed of Cerrito Creek and the San Francisco Bay in the area that has been disturbed by construction.

The charrette will be scheduled at Blake Garden in November before Thanksgiving. If we cannot find a weekday time before 5pm that works for the majority of people, we will also hold an additional brainstorming event at Wurster and group site tour at Blake Garden. The charrette will include a tour of the design site, where constraints and opportunities will be identified. We will collectively brainstorm with a large base map and distribute smaller maps and markers so all participants can contribute ideas. There will also be books available for referencing California native and drought tolerant plants. We would like to have an after charrette celebratory wine and cheese toast.

After the charrette, the next step is compiling group ideas by the project leaders, Lauri, Kinya, and Miriam to create a schematic design. This schematic design can be further developed by other students, but feasibility must be reviewed by Lauri, the head gardener at Blake, before implementation. Once a planting plan is set, Lauri will offer a series of garden maintenance workshops to teach students about pruning techniques and other skills on the days we work to prepare the garden for planting and implement landscape interventions. The preparation and planting will occur during the rainy season, probably sometime between the months of December and February.

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Monday, Oct 1st

October is here! and in case you didn’t notice it’s hot!

2 events you won’t want to miss today:

ASLA divider1:00 – 2:00 PM  Our second professional speakers brown bag lunch in Wurster 315a

Guests are  Brent Bucknum and Robert Glass from Hyphae Design Laboratory (http://www.hyphae.net)
Hyphae is an ecological engineering, research and design firm dedicated to bridge the gap between innovative architecture and ecology. Come to hear about the role of landscape architecture in designing and developing novel systems and solutions such as green walls/roofs, biofilters, bioremediation, rain water/greywater re-use, and stormwater and wastewater management.
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6:05 – 7:00 PM Our October General Meeting, also in 315a
We will reflect on all the successful events from this past month, announce new roles, discuss issues affecting our studios, and gear up for upcoming events including Michael C. Gross’s appearance here
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