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ASLA@Berkeley Speaker Series presents Gensler | Mon, April 21st | 1PM


ASLA@Berkeley’s Professional Speaker Series welcomes Jim Jacobs, ASLA, and John Falconer, AIA,

Jim from Gensler’s San Francisco Planning Landscape Urban Strategy (PLUS) Studio and John, a studio director at Gensler’s San Ramon office join us for an interdisciplinary talk, highlighting projects and trends that blur the lines between traditionally separated fields. Landscape, EP, and MUD students, invite your architecture and DCRP friends too!

>> http://www.gensler.com



Monday, April 21st, 2014 @ 1:00 PM



Room 315A, Wurster Hall, College of Environmental Design



Jim is a Landscape Architect and Senior Project Designer with over 23 years of experience. His broad range of
experience includes institutional civic spaces, urban landscapes, transit-oriented corridors, national parks,
recreational/resort facilities, and residential developments.

John is a Studio Director with over 27 years of experience practicing corporate and commercial architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked with a wide range of clients including Chevron, cloudera, Razorfish, Riverbed Technologies, AT&T and Shaklee. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the City of San Ramon’s Architectural Review Board.



Our Professional Speaker Brown Bag Lunch 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, viewpoints, and a bag lunch if you like.



Please direct any questions to Daniel Prostak djp[at]berkeley.edu






*poster layout by Harriet Tzou

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ASLA@Berkeley presents Sarah Moos, Bionic | Mon, April 7th | 1PM


ASLA@Berkeley’s Professional Speaker Series welcomes back our very own Sarah Moos, whose currently an associate at Bionic in San Francisco practicing as a landscape architect and urban designer. Come learn about how Bionic brings together built and living systems through innovative environmental design. Sarah will share some of her professional projects and experiences in the field.



Monday, April 7th, 2014 @ 1:00 PM



Room 315A, Wurster Hall, College of Environmental Design




Sarah joined Bionic after a fellowship for SPUR (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research
Association) including critical analysis, planning, and design of underutilized spaces along the
Blue Greenway, a waterfront network trail in San Francisco. Since joining Bionic, Sarah has played
an integral role in the design and coordination for multiple complex projects at all scales.
Recently, Sarah received multiple design awards including honorable mentions for her
dual master’s thesis on activating remnant spaces in San Francisco in the Samsung
Everland Landscape Design Awards and the International Architectural Thesis Awards.
Sarah graduated with ASLA high honors from the University of California, Berkeley with
two master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, and was awarded
the prestigious Leland H. Vaughan Scholarship for academic achievement.

>> http://bioniclandscape.com



Our Professional Speaker Brown Bag Lunch 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, viewpoints, and a bag lunch if you like.


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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, IDEO.org

    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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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
Adaptive Metropolis 2 Adaptive Metropolis 3Adaptive Metropolis

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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