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

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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

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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 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.


Professional Speaker Series| 10/21 | Green Infrastructure in Practice w/ G.V. Chang

Welcome to our Professional Lunch Speaker Series!

What | Green Infrastructure in Practice

Who | Chih-Wei ‘G.V.’ Chang, RLA, LEED AP, Associate SWA Group

Time | Monday, 10/21, 1:00pm

Place | Wurster Hall 315A


We are excited to have ‘GV’ Chih-Wei Chang, 2010 SWA Fellow, joining us for this lunch hour.

“With treatment wetlands becoming a practical and widely accepted method for water quality improvement, landscape architects are challenged to be not only an advocate, but also a knowledgeable practitioner. The research explores three critical compartments: hydrology, medium and layout, which inform the design decision making and translate knowledge into physical form shaping” (SWA Group 2013).

If bringing research and deep knowledge of processes into your design work is important to you, don’t miss this event. Our Professional Speaker Series aims to allow students to learn about what is happening in our professional field. It also fosters discourse between students and exemplary professionals in diverse branches of landscape architecture, environmental planning, and urban design. The format is usually  60% of the time presentation, and 40% discussion and Q+A so bring your questions. Recent ASLA@Berkeley alumna Ina Choi may also join us if we’re lucky.


event contact| Daniel Prostak,  wetlands[at]

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Oct 17| ASLA-NCC lecture on Sea Level Rise with Prof. Kristina Hill and other experts

Oct 17| ASLA-NCC lecture on Sea Level Rise with Prof. Kristina Hill and other experts

stormwaterbarrierDon’t miss our partner ASLA-NCC’s event, free for students with ID!

Thursday evening with our very own Kristina Hill along with Dilip Trivedi and Roger Leventhal. Break away from studio for an intriguing evening in SF.

Contact Daniel Prostak, djp[at], for any questions getting there from Berkeley.


Rising Waters

In the Bay Area, the ocean and bay hold incredible power and ecological wealth, captivating residents and visitors. Yet as we revel in this spectacular marine setting there is an evident threat of rising waters. Join us as we explore with three experts in the field, how design professionals can and have responded and adapted to this challenge. The 2013 ASLA-NCC Lecture Series culminates with an investigation of Sea Level Rise and brings together: Professor Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning; Dilip Trivedi, Coastal Engineer for Moffatt & Nichol; and Roger Leventhal, Senior Engineer for Marin County.


Dilip Trivedi is Vice President and Coastal Engineer for Moffatt & Nichol in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His practice focuses on sea level rise planning, wetlands restoration, waterfront development, and public access. Dilip has served in an advisory capacity related to hydrodynamics and coastal engineering on several large marsh restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has managed the design and analyses tasks for several urban redevelopment, wetlands restoration, and capital improvement projects including: Treasure Island, Candlestick/Hunter’s Point, and Oak to Ninth. He obtained Masters and Doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University in Ocean Engineering.

Dilip will present projects along Bay Area waterfronts where Moffatt & Nichol have addressed the challenges of uncertain future sea level. His projects are multidisciplinary involving engineers, landscape architects, and architects.

Kristina Hill is a researcher, designer, and professor in landscape-based urban design at UC Berkeley. She designs adaptations for urban water systems as drivers of biodiversity, health and social justice, specializing in adaptation to floods. She consults in the US and Europe, wrote and edited “Ecology and Design: Frameworks for Learning,” and lectures internationally. Her current book project is on adaptation of urban water systems to climate change. She holds a BS in geology, a Masters and PhD in landscape architecture from Harvard. Kristina taught and practiced in Seattle for ten years, working on salmon-related urban water projects and leading a new public agency.

She will speak on flood risks and the three main responses: super dikes, soft sand barriers and floodable greenways urban districts. If housing trends continue to put pressure on the Bay Area to develop, new coastal housing should be resilient to flooding, protect contaminated sites from erosion, and preserve marine ecosystems. This can be done by using a strategy of incrementally building “micro-polders” along the coast that are part housing, part park, and part marine reserve.

Roger Leventhal is Senior Engineer in the Marin County Public Works Flood Control Division within the Watershed Group. Roger has a BS in Geology and an MS in Hydraulics and Coastal Engineering from UC Berkeley and worked for over 20 years as a restoration design consultant prior to coming to Marin County in 2011.  He has designed and constructed numerous tidal wetlands and fluvial restoration projects around the Bay Area as a consulting engineer prior to joining Marin County. Roger is responsible for the assessment and engineering adaptation planning for sea level rise in the County. Eastern Marin County is especially vulnerable to sea level rise and is regularly flooded on the semi-annual astronomical high tides or “King Tides” even without storm inputs.

Roger will describe Marin County’s assessment and adaptation planning strategies for sea level rise.  He will demonstrate, with the Aramburu Island Beach Restoration Project, that in the right setting natural bay beaches are an effective means to combat wind-wave erosion and sea level rise, while providing habitat friendly shoreline stabilization.

When: Thursday, October 17th

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

Reception: 6:30 – 7:00

Lecture / Discussion / Q & A: 7:00 – 9:00

Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with Curent I.D. Free

Register: CLICK HERE to register for the lecture

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Congratulations GROUND UP Journal

Congratulations to the LAEP’s own GROUND UP Journal for winning the Communications Honor Award for their journal’s second issue, Grit, in the 2013 ASLA Student Awards.

Support a great student publication by purchasing the second issue here or by answering their call for submissions, which is accepting submissions on a rolling basis until Jan. 5, 2014.

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Fall2013: 100 Years of Landscape Architecture @ UC Berkeley + Adaptive Metropolis Symposium

We are still young, but this autumn we are hitting the 100 year milestone. This will be a time full of events for students, educators, alumni, and the whole community. The fun is just beginning… come celebrate, reflect, and prepare for the most challenging century yet!

2 events not to miss this September:

Centennial Celebration

Thursday, 09/26/13 – 12/13/13
210 Wurster Hall


Adaptive Metropolis Symposium: User-Generated Urbanism

Friday, 09/27/13 8:00am – 09/29/13 4:00pm
Wurster Hall – Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design

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    Alfredo Brillembourg

    Chair of Architecture & Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. Founding Partner of Urban-Think Tank

    Alfredo Brillembourg is the founding partner of Urban-Think Tank, an interdisciplinary design studio at the intersection of contemporary architecture and urbanism.More
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    Lisa Gansky

    Entrepreneur, author of The Mesh: Why The Future of Business is Sharing, and co-founder and chairman of Ofoto

    Lisa is an entrepreneur, investor and author of the bestselling book, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing and the chief instigator of Mesh Labs. She works in the design of new products, services, partnerships and business models in which ‘access’ to goods, services and talent triumphs over the ownership of them’.More
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    Steven Johnson

    Best-selling author of 8 books on the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience, including Future Perfect, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, and The Ghost Map.

    Steven Johnson is the leading light of today’s interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation. More
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    Gil Penalosa

    Executive Director of 8-80 cities. Former Commissioner of Parks, Sport, and Recreation for the city of Bogota, Colombia.

    Gil Penalosa is the Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit 8-80 Cities, an organization that works to create vibrant and healthy communities for those ages 8 to 80. His focus is on parks and streets and realizing their potential as great public spaces. More
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    Louise Mozingo

    Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design at UC Berkeley

    Louise Mozingo is a Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, a member of the Graduate Group in Urban Design of the College of Environmental Design, and Director of the American Studies program of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. More
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    John Bela

    Principal & Co-Founder of Rebar Art & Design Studio

    John is a landscape architect and artist who creates original environments to deliver unique, inspiring experiences. John co-founded Rebar in 2005 and has created some of the firm’s most ground breaking and memorable work. More
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    Blaine Merker

    Principal & Co-Founder of Rebar Art & Design Studio

    As principal and co-founder of Rebar’s Art and Design Studio, Blaine combines a passion for the craft of making things with a design activist’s zeal for championing the culture of the commons. More
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    Matthew Passmore

    Principal & Co-Founder of Rebar Art & Design Studio

    Matthew is an artist, urban explorer and public space advocate. With a background in philosophy, filmmaking and law, he brings a multidisciplinary approach to creating innovative cultural projects all over the world. As a founder and principal at Rebar, Matthew initiated the first Rebar project, the Cabinet National Library, in 2004. More
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    Alexa Arena

    Vice President of Forest City San Francisco

    Alexa is the original visionary behind the 5M Project. She believes that the culture, diversity and connection in urban life generate social and economic value in communities. Alexa began working with Forest City 5+ years ago based on her desire to transform the development process into one of community building and shared value.More
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    Allison Arieff

    Editor + Content Strategist for SPUR

    Allison Arieff is Editor/Content Strategist for SPUR. She also writes about architecture and design for the New York Times. The former editor in chief of Dwell (and the magazine’s founding senior editor), Allison has contributed to numerous publications including Wired, The Atlantic Cities, Sunset, and the MIT Technology Review. More
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    Tobias Armborst

    Principal & Co-Founder of Interboro Partners. Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Vassar College in NY

    Tobias Armborst is an architect and urban designer. He is Principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, a Brooklyn-based architecture, planning, and research firm that has won many awards for its innovative projects, More
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    Bryan Boyer

    Director of Strategy at Makeshift Society

    Bryan is interested in how buildings and cities are created, and the opportunities that they create. Most recently he was Strategic Design Lead at The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra in Helsinki, Finland where he helped build Helsinki Design Lab into an internationally recognized platform for strategic design and social innovation. More
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    Douglas Burnham

    Founder and Principal of Envelope Architecture + Design

    Douglas Burnham is principal and founder of envelope a+d, a San Francisco Bay Area architecture and design firm whose work reconceptualizes modes of living and building in ways that advance new models of public/private space and compelling visions of the emerging urban condition. envelope a+d’s PROXY was a key project in the “Spontaneous Interventions” exhibition in the US Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.More
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    Caroline Chen

    Lecturer in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley

    Caroline Chen teaches Theories of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in the College of Environmental Design. She received her PhD in landscape architecture in 2012 at UC Berkeley for her dissertation on the appropriation of interstitial urban spaces by aging Chinese women in Beijing for health and dance. More
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    John Cary

    Executive Director of Autodesk Impact Design Foundation

    John Cary is a connector, writer, speaker, and curator focused on design for social change—including the design of products, spaces, and systems for the public good. By day, John is the founding executive director of the Autodesk Impact Design Foundation—a new, design-focused, philanthropic venture of Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. More
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    Noah Christman

    Public Programming Manager, SPUR

    Noah is responsible for overseeing the creation and execution of SPUR’s programming, tours and exhibitions. Noah has administered SPUR’s programs since March 2011, organizing more than 40 unique events each quarter. More
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    Carol Coletta

    Vice President/Communities and National Initiatives, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

    Carol Coletta, who joined Knight Foundation in 2013, is an expert on the development of cities. Coletta was director of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the United States. ArtPlace brings together leading private foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, other federal agencies and major banks. More
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    Benjamin Grant

    Public Realm & Urban Design Program Manager

    Benjamin Grant is a city planner, urban designer, curator and lecturer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently heads SPUR’s interagency Master Plan for Ocean Beach. He has developed exhibitions on a range of urban issues, including “Agents of Change,” a historical survey of San Francisco urbanism for the opening of the SPUR Urban Center.More
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    Nick Grossman

    Advocate-in-Residence at Union Square Ventures. Visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab in the Center for Civic Media

    Nick Grossman is a technologist & entrepreneur focused on the intersection of the web and urban, social, and civic systems. For the past 10 years, he has developed software and media products, advocacy efforts and internet-based businesses that help cities and the internet work better together.More
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    Christopher Guillard

    Principal & Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architecture

    Mr. Guillard is a founding partner of CMG Landscape Architecture and is an accomplished designer who is creating public landscapes of all types and scales. His work and research is focused on the value of public open space and urban landscapes that integrate multiple functions into communities.More
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    Daniel Homsey

    Director of the City of San Francisco’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network

    Daniel Homsey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the City Administrator’s Office of the City and County of San Francisco. A fourth generation San Franciscan who has a degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, Mr. Homsey has spent the last 25 years as a communications professional in both the private and public sector.More
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    Jeffrey Hou

    Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington

    Prof. Hou has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and public art. He is an associate Professor at the University of Washington in the Department and has taught in the Landscape Architecture department since 2001 where he served as the Graduate Program Coordinator, prior to becoming the Department Chair. More
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    Kristian Koreman

    Founder, ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]

    1978 / born in Nieuw Bergen (NL)
    1995-2000 / Landscape architecture, IAH Larenstein
    2001 / founded ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] with Elma van Boxel. More
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    Mike Lydon

    Principal of The Street Plans Collective

    Mike Lydon is a Principal with The Street Plans Collaborative, an international urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami and New York City. Mike is the creator and primary author of The Open Streets Project, Street Seats, and Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action, Long-term Change Vol.1 and Vol. 2. More
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    Mark Miller

    CEO of MKThink, Director of Innovation Studio

    Mark Miller is an accomplished creative, entrepreneurial professional who founded and led the award winning businesses MKThink and Project FROG. He has an impressive history serving multiple corporate leadership roles including Founder, Chairman and CEO positions steering the companies to commercial and industry respected success.More
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    Aaron Naparstek

    Founder of Streetsblog. MIT’s City Design and Development Group

    Based in Brooklyn, New York, Aaron Naparstek’s journalism, advocacy and community organizing work has been instrumental in growing the bicycle network, removing motor vehicles from parks, and developing new public plazas, car-free streets and life-saving traffic-calming measures across all five boroughs.More
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    Chelina Odbert

    Co-founder and Executive Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative

    Since 2006, Chelina has worked with community members in the slum of Kibera, Nairobi to design and implement a masterplanned network of “Productive Public Spaces” (PPS) — open spaces that link physical upgrading to micro-enterprise and community development. More
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    Liz Ogbu

    Environments Director,

    A designer, social innovator, and urban strategist, Liz is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of engagement in the design for social impact movement. More
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    Dan Parham

    Co-Founder of CEO of Neighborland

    Dan Parham co-founded Neighborland with Candy Chang and Tee Parham. Neighborland’s mission is to empower people to take action on local issues. It’s a set of civic engagement tools for residents and organizations to build healthy, vibrant, and resilient cities together.More
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    Jamie Parks

    Complete Streets Project Manager with the City of Oakland

    Jamie Parks is a Senior Transportation Planner with the City of Oakland, and works on a range of City-wide transportation policy, planning, and implementation issues. Current projects include establishing traffic signal timing policy to accommodate all modes, bikeway corridor planning, and development review policy reform. More
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    David de la Pena

    Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Davis

    David received his PhD in landscape architecture at UC Berkeley in 2013 focused on the topic of participatory urbanism. His primary research in Barcelona explores emerging modes of direct urban activism and community engagement in the context of the city’s current economic crisis. More
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    Ryan Reynolds

    Chair of Gap Filler Trust

    Ryan Reynolds is an electrical engineer who turned to performance studies, receiving his PhD from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch New Zealand) in 2006 for putting forward a radical new theory of political action via performance. He now lectures in the Theatre and Film Studies department. More
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    Jeff Risom

    Partner, Gehl Architects, Head of Gehl Institute. MSc City Design and Social Science

    In his time at Gehl Architects, Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America, India and China. Jeff aspires to promote quality of life through improvements in the built environment.More
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    Alison Sant

    Partner, Studio for Urban Projects

    Alison Sant is an artist, with a background in digital media, architecture, and urban art practice. Her work explores the city as both a site for investigation and intervention and focuses on the intersection of technology, architecture, and ecology.More
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    Grant Schlereth

    Senior Engineer | Infrastructure, ARUP

    Grant Schlereth is a Civil Engineer with international experience in engineering, construction and planning. Grant has a strong interest in the role of private finance in public infrastructure, informed through his involvement with one of the few Public Private Partnerships water projects in the US and leading portions of major California water and rail engineering projects. More
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    Ion Sorvin

    Founder of N55, Art Collective

    A Danish artist, activist and self-proclaimed ‘closet architect’, Sorvin lives out the summer months in a small houseboat moored at Copenhagen harbor. He kayaks every day, he is a respected in the local community, and with N55, the Copenhagen-based art collective, has been challenging conventional notions of living, architecture and land ownership.More
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    Clark Wilson

    Senior Urban Designer, US Environmental Protection Agency

    Clark Wilson is an urban designer with EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. At EPA, Mr. Wilson focuses his research and policy work on integrating green infrastructure into street and neighborhood design, and improving walkability in communities. More
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    Michael Yarne

    Executive Director of UP Urban. Partner at Build, Inc.

    In May 2012, Yarne completed four years of public service as Development Advisor in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office. In this role, he negotiated and secured approval of the 152-acre Parkmerced development, a 30-year phased project that will rebuild over 3,400 existing apartments, add over 5,600 new units and extend light rail into the heart of a new mixed-use community center.
    —-Content courtesy of the Adaptive Metropolis Symposium
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GROUND UP Journal’s issue 02 Launch Party May 17

It’s here – GROUND UP Issue 02: GRIT is hot off the presses!
Please join us for the Issue 02: GRIT Launch Part on Friday, May 17th from 7:00 – 10:00 PM on the 2nd floor lobby and courtyard of Wurster Hall at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.
Festivities will include music, food, drinks (beer generously provided by Linden Street Brewery for those 21+) and the opportunity to meet contributing authors and the GROUND UP Journal team. Guests welcome
Issue 02: GRIT and Issue 01: Landscapes of Uncertainty will be available for purchase at a special discount of $20 each (or both for $35).
GRIT delves into issues of creative resolve in landscape architecture and related design fields.

pics from last year… hard to believe it’s already been a year

Our guest of honor, CED Librarian, David

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April 2+3: GROUND UP Journal + LAEP Present Julie Bargmann, D.I.R.T. Studio

GROUND UP Journal + the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning proudly present:

JULIE BARGMANN, D.I.R.T. Studio | WORKING TRACES | Spring Lecture Series
Tuesday, 04/02/13 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 112 Wurster Hall

Evidence of multiple site histories lurks beneath urban expanses of weeds and asphalt. To reframe vacant land as full becomes the primary act of design, unearthing the embodied energy of men, women and children who once labored there. To work with these traces inspires the next generation of a renewed landscape of ecological and cultural production.


Julie Bargmann is internationally recognized as an innovative designer in building regenerative landscapes and with interdisciplinary design education and associate professor the the University of Virginia, where she teaches graduate design studios and seminars. Her ongoing design research Project D.I.R.T. (Design Investigations Reclaiming Terrain) continues to excavate the creative potential of degraded landscapes. Project D.I.R.T explores past and present industrial operations and urban processes in relationship to ecological systems, cultural constructs and emerging technologies. From closed quarries to abandoned coal mines, fallow factories and urban railyards, Bargmann joins teams of architects, artists, engineers, historians and scientists to imagine the next evolution of these working landscapes.
GRIT: Creative Resolve in Design is the theme of UC Berkeley’s GROUND UP Journal’s 2nd edition.
DOOR SURVEY: Help define the best acronym for G.R.I.T. Winner will be announced at the Berkeley Thunderdome the following day


 Berkeley Thunderdome

Welcome to the Berkeley Thunderdome

Wednesday, 04/03/13 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Gallery 121 Wurster Hall
Round One of the CED’s premier debate series, featuring Julie Bargmann and Walter Hood
and moderated by Kristina Hill.

ground up journal berkeley landscape architecture


IS the student journal of the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at University of California at Berkeley.

IS an annual print and web publication intended to stimulate thought, discussion, visual exploration and substantive speculation about emerging landscape issues affecting contemporary praxis.

IS an examination of a critical theme arising from the tension between contemporary landscape architecture, ecology and pressing cultural issues.

IS intended as a discursive platform to explore concepts grounded in local issues with global relevance.

WILL be guided by the interests of our readers and collaborators. We operate on an open call with invited entries from academics, practitioners, students, designers, scientists, and activists.

Take part!

more >>

explore issue 01 >>

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Anna Halprin / MATRIX 246 — Dance, Expression + Landscape Architecture

February 15–April 21, 2013 @ BAM
During the 1950s, a group of Beat poets, painters, environmentalists, composers,
and psychologists gathered together with choreographer Anna Halprin on an
outdoor dance deck in Marin County built by her husband, landscape architect
Lawrence Halprin, and experimented with developing new artistic forms that could
reflect the basic needs of human expression. As she later told her biographer
Janice Ross, “What we were all after was to have our art be more reflective of real
life issues and to do this we all tried to break down the aesthetic barriers we had
inherited. And since movement was my medium, out of that came a new kind of
realism.”1 Rejecting the hierarchy of the traditional dance company, the Halprins
began to organize these gatherings as workshops, using a term borrowed from the
Bauhaus curriculum.
Anna and Lawrence Halprin were eager to bridge the disparate communication
styles of the various workshop participants and create a common language. They
sought to develop a formal notational system that could be applied to many creative
endeavors—to make visible the process of gathering and selecting resources,
acting on those resources, and evaluating the results. Parades and Changes, first
performed in 1965, was the culmination of hundreds of workshop experimentations.
More than a piece of choreography, it is a compositional method. Taking its name
from everyday parades that ritualize daily existence and the changes that throw
these rituals into question, Parades and Changes can never be performed the
same way twice…

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>> event website

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