Visit us at the Solano Stroll
11 September 2016
Photo: Daniella Thompson
Yosemite Museum, designed by Herbert Maier (National Park Service)
The Hillside Club Round Table presents
A New Deal for the Arts & Crafts: Herbert Maier and the California Boys in the National and State Parks
An illustrated lecture by Gray Brechin
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donation requested; BHC members free
Now celebrating its centennial, the National Park Service was largely created by graduates of the University of California at Berkeley. Among its most important early designers was architect Herbert Maier, who transmitted the Arts and Crafts ethos and aesthetic so prevalent in the town in 1916 to the myriad of rustic structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps twenty years later.
For additional information about the Hillside Club Round Table, see the club’s website.
An early, unrealized design for the El Cerrito BART station by Vernon DeMars (Vernon DeMars Collection, U.C. Berkeley Environmental Design Archives)
When Architects and Artists had Big Dreams for BART
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito
Back in the mid-1960s, planners envisioned a rapid transit system that would link the entire Bay Area, with stations in Napa, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, Brentwood, Livermore, Campbell, San Jose, and Los Altos, among other spots. Every station was to have art. BART’s architects hoped that the new system would not only provide transportation but aid in “controlling and directing future urban growth and development, and [...] upgrading economically and physically depressed and stagnant sections of the urban complex.”
What happened to BART’s art and architecture, and to these dreams?
Writer Dave Weinstein will discuss BART’s original artistic and architectural plans. Jennifer Easton, BART’s art program manager, will discuss current plans for art on BART.
Sponsored by the El Cerrito Historical Society. Wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments.
Information: Dave Weinstein, (510) 524-1737, firstname.lastname@example.org
Berggruen House, designed by Fernau & Hartman
Women Speak: Four Architects on Design
All lectures will begin at 7:30 pm at the Berkeley City Club.
The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting and inspiring lecture series this fall. The four architects featured in the series are leaders in promoting sustainability, historic revitalization, and urban planning.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Ellen Lou’s life, education and distinguished career span the Pacific Rim during a period when the challenges of rapid urbanization have demanded her global perspective and expertise. As Director of SOM’s Urban Design and Planning Practice in San Francisco, she leads the design of groundbreaking development strategies for vital metropolitan centers. In a time when cities represent the greatest hope for a sustainable future, her practice helps cities plan wisely for the future. A sought after speaker and advisor nationally and internationally, she consults regularly with planning officials and development community.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Laura Hartman/Fernau & Hartman
Laura Hartman’s professional resume includes student unions at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Evergreen Valley College, the Napa Valley Museum, and the Nickelodeon Headquarters in New York. Hartman has worked closely in long-term relationships with diverse client groups–Co-Housing for the Cheesecake Consortium, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, and CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo–skillfully accommodating and mediating multiple voices. She has worked on many sustainable projects including the library at the University of California at Merced and numerous residences in the Bay Area and throughout North America.
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Marsha Maytum/Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Marsha Maytum, a Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in San Francisco, has focused her career on community, cultural, and socially-responsible projects that promote sustainable design. Her work includes the creation of new buildings, rehabilitation of historic buildings, and adaptive reuse of existing structures. Among her notable projects are Sweetwater Spectrum Community (a housing solution for adults with autism), North Beach Branch Library, Cavallo Point Lodge at the Golden Gate, the Thoreau Center for Sustainability (a former army hospital at the Presidio), and the California College of the Arts San Francisco Campus.
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Allison Williams’ work spans civic, cultural and research facilities and includes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Facility; the August Wilson Center, a performing arts center in Pittsburgh PA; CREATE at the National University of Singapore; the new Calexico US Port of Entry; and the Princess Nora Abdulrahman University Health Sciences and Research Campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (for 40,000 Islamic Women).
Berkeley! How We Got Our Name
17 April – 24 September 2016
Berkeley History Center
Veterans Memorial Building
1931 Center Street
In 1866, the private College of California, predecessor to the University of California, was getting ready to subdivide and sell some of the land it owned north of Oakland and south of the college site to help pay for building a campus. The college trustees knew that a name was needed if they were to sell home sites. They had turned to Frederick Law Olmsted for guidance. Would we have been better off living in Shelterdue, Havensholme, or even Billingsgate, as Olmsted suggested? How did we end up with Berkeley?
This new exhibit at the Berkeley Historical Society commemorates the 150th anniversary of the official selection of the name Berkeley on 24 May 1866. Curators Steven Finacom and Phyllis Gale, using documents, manuscripts, diaries, maps, images, and other sources, follow a committee of college trustees as they gathered on Founders’ Rock, an outcropping now found on the corner of Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road, to name the hamlet. It will retell the story of George Berkeley, how his name came to be attached to our campus and town, and who was involved in the naming.
Admission free; donations welcome; wheelchair accessible. Telephone: (510) 848-0181. Regular hours: Thurs.–Sat., 1 pm–4 pm. berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org
Oakland Heritage Summer Walking Tours
Oakland Heritage Alliance is once again offering walking tours on weekends in July and August.
See the full tour schedule here.
Free Guided Tours of the Oakland Museum
Founded in 1971, the Council on Architecture at the Oakland Museum of California supports the museum and celebrates its exceptional architecture. Its members are interested in promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the built environment through architectural tours, exhibits, and lectures.
On the first Sunday of each month, at 1 pm, members of the Council on Architecture lead tours featuring the museum’s architecture and gardens. There’s much to talk about with the exciting enhancements to the building by Mark Cavagnero Associates.
For additional information, call Sandra Coleman, (510) 451-6796.
Guided Tours of the Paramount Theatre
Public tours of the Paramount Theatre are given on the first and third Saturdays of each month, excluding holidays and holiday weekends. No reservations are necessary. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am at the Box Office entrance on 21st Street near Broadway. The tour lasts about 2 hours and provides a full and informative view of the Theatre. Cameras are allowed. Admission is $5.00 per person. Children must be at least 10 years old, and adult chaperones are required. Please note that some areas of the tour are not wheelchair accessible.
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