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