Hands-On 14: Artists’ Books from the Crypt

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, or just about ideas of beauty. Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer though sight, touch, and physical manipulation. Too often locked behind exhibit cases, Hands On events make them available for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.

More Information: Hands-On 14

*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, David Eifler (510-643-7422, deifler@berkeley.edu), ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.


Hands On 13: An Artists’ Books Event

Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. Our Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle 25 books from our rare book vaults.

Artist and garden manager Lauri Twitchell shows a book she made at Blake Garden in Kensington (Photos by Jami Smith for the UC Berkeley Library)

Found objects, whether natural or debris found in the landscape, evoke a dialogue between maker and object. Drawn, collages, or photographed, these objects and ideas are turned into a meaningful form: the book.

Lauri Twitchell is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She is a gardener, naturalist, and artist. As an artist’s book maker, she finds meaning in found materials such as fallen branches, rocks, bark, and birdsong.

More information: Hands On 13: Debris

Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell.

*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, David Eifler (510-643-7422, deifler@berkeley.edu), ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.

 


Hands-On 11: Twentysix Artists’ Books


Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch and physical manipulation. Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations was seminal in bringing the concept of artists’ books into common consciousness. The Environmental Design Library will have several Ruscha books on hand and a number of other derivative and related works for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.


Environmental Design Library to Open Earlier Sunday Mornings

Wurster Library

Starting December 3rd, the Environmental Design Library will open at 11 in the morning, instead of 1 in the afternoon. Numerous students have requested an earlier Sunday opening which is now possible through the generous gift of George Anastaplo, a College of Environmental Design alum. These extended hours will begin in time for this fall’s reading and finals weeks and will continue throughout the spring semester. The library will also stay open until midnight during reading and finals weeks, as we have in the past.

Our hours can always be found on our calendar at:
Environmental Design Library Hours

Starting December 3rd, we look forward to seeing you 11AM Sunday mornings.


Hands-On 10: Building on the Built: Artists’ Books on Architecture

House book

Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch, and physical manipulation. These books are too often locked behind exhibit cases, but the Environmental Design Library will have 20 books related to architecture on hand for you to touch, turn pages, and experience.

Friday, October 27 from 4-6 PM
Environmental Design Library Atrium
210 Wurster Hall

Wine and light refreshments will be served. Hosted by David Eifler, Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell. See the libguide for more information.

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, David Eifler, at 510-643-7422 or deifler@berkeley.edu two weeks prior to the event.


Survival by Design: A Panel Discussion on Natural Restoration, Vernacular Architecture, and Ecocities

 

Three books for the ENVI book talkTuesday, October 24, 7-8:30pm
210 Wurster Hall

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

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.

In conjunction with the Ecocity Berkeley Exhibit (on display until December 15th).


Book Talk: Local Code

Local Code

 

The College of Environmental Design and The UC Berkeley Library present Nicholas de Monchaux discussing his book 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 12, 7-8:30 PM
Environmental Design Library Atrium
210 Wurster Hall

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


Artists’ Books and a Talk on Rome: Two Upcoming Events at ENVI

The Environmental Design Library is offering another of its popular hands-on artists’ books events, on Friday January 27 from 4 to 6 pm. Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch and physical manipulation. The focus for this upcoming event is books related to cities and towns.

Hands-On 7: Reading the City
Friday, January 27, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00pm
210 Wurster Hall

In keeping with the theme of cities, on Tuesday January 31, a CED alumna and her coauthor will present their new book about the history of one of the greatest cities. Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present explores the urban processes by which Rome’s people and leaders, both as custodians of its illustrious past and as agents of its expansive power, have shaped and conditioned its urban fabric.

Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present
Katherine Rinne (M.Arch ’81) & Rabun Taylor
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30pm
210 Wurster Hall


Article by Eifler and Rose in Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture News!

The innovative approach of the Environmental Design Library towards artists’ books is featured in the current issue of ACSA News. Revealing the Hidden Beauty of Artists’ Books Through Events and a Virtual Catalog, authored by David Eifler and Molly Rose, describes the importance of getting these amazing objects out of the locked cage and to the user — both physically, and virtually.  envi-artists-book