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Environmental Design Library Events: Author talks - Fall 2017

Nicholas de Monchaux, September 12, 7-8:30 PM

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Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design & the Nature of Cities 

Praised in the New York Times for its "intelligent enquiry and actionable theorizing," Local Code is a collection of data-driven tools and design prototypes for understanding and transforming the physical, social, and ecological resilience of cities.


Tuesday, September 127-8:30 PM
Environmental Design Library Atrium
210 Wurster Hall

Elizabeth MacDonald, October 17, 7-8:30 PM

Elizabeth MacDonald

Urban Waterfront Promenades

UC Berkeley Professor of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning explores 38 urban waterfront promenade case studies worldwide, as varied as Vancouver's extensive network, classic promenades in Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm's recently built Hammarby Sjostad eco-district, and the Ma On Shan promenade in the Hong Kong New Territories. The research analyzes their physical form, social use, the circumstances under which they were built, the public policies that brought them into being, and the threats from sea level rise and the responses that have been made.

Tuesday, October 177-8:30 PM
Environmental Design Library Atrium
210 Wurster Hall

Survival by Design

Survival by Design

A Panel Discussion on Natural Restoration, Vernacular Architecture and Ecocities

Hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat and climate change necessitate positive visions.  Three thinkers will discuss their work in environmental design, architecture and urban planning.

Tuesday, October 24, 7-8:30 PM
Environmental Design Library Atrium
210 Wurster Hall


Mark Rauzon is the author of Isles of Amnesia: The History, Geography, and Restoration of America's Forgotten Pacific Islands and Isles of Refuge.  As a biologist he has worked in the field of island restoration, traveling throughout the American Insular Pacific.  He will talk about the latest novel habitats he’s designing for cormorants on the new Bay Bridge and Bay Area support for wild birds.



Randolph Langenbach authored Don't Tear It Down! Preserving the Earthquake Resistant Vernacular Architecture of Kashmir in 2005.  This book makes the case for preserving earthquake resistant traditional architecture. He will elaborate the benefits and importance of wood construction: techniques for safety and esthetic harmony.






Richard Register is author of Ecocity Berkeley, Ecocities: Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature, and World Rescue: An Economics Built on What We Build. He explores how cities and regions might be designed for harmony with nature. His work is currently on display the Environmental Design Library exhibition cases.



The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor -- ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.
Event contact: David Eifler, 510-643-7422,

Open to audience:  All Audiences