Consider this claim:
Design firms and design educators support a culture of white, patriarchal, colonialist supremacy.
Now ask yourself, what kind of evidence would support this claim?
Suppose we could find evidence that firms and educational programs create a culture that benefits white men. What if we could show that they support the status quo of wealth and territory (controlled by white men), suppress the aesthetic interpretations and values of other people who are not wealthy white men, and create economic hurdles for women and non-white people? If we could find this evidence, it would support the claim that both…
Race, history, ecology and design in the SF Bay Area: A Marin City case study
How is design for climate and biodiversity connected to social justice? The example of Marin City, a culturally-important community on the San Francisco Bay, might help us understand the answer.
African-American workers were welcomed to the Bay Area during World War II, when shipyards in places like Marin, Oakland and San Francisco needed to achieve heroic levels of production.
What is “equity” in landscape architecture? All of the definitions of justice matter, but in my field we have a blindspot that keeps us from addressing one in particular: territorial justice, the right to occupy space.
You might think that spatial relationships among people would be at the center of spatial planning, and perhaps it is — but if so, it has been centered in a way that has been fundamentally unjust and inequitable.
Take the term “placemaking.” Who does that? Since all of the “places” on this planet already exist, the people who “make a place” are actually doing…
A brief manifesto
Proposals for deep decarbonization, ecological megaprojects, and really any project that attempts to address the crises we face at the scale necessary to make a difference are often met with criticisms of “financial realism” and “government overreach.” What are the assumptions that underpin such a confident dismissal of these proposals? The infallibility of the free market to correct itself? The free market is what got us to this point, and has proven itself largely incapable of addressing environmental externalities, dwindling resources, and staggering wealth inequality in any meaningful way. Unfettered capitalism is what created this mess- it…
Cities are built scenarios on which constructed social and environmental believes take place.
Neighborhoods display systems of power.
Streets reveal the order in which distinctive categories of citizens should live.
Non-human organisms either adapt to human settlements, avoid them, or extinct.
At every scale, urban areas are the material model of anthropocentric principles.
Cities are constructed by invisible walls that divide spacious from dense, green from grey, wealth from need.
Neighborhoods in need are home to daily survival. Food, roof, education, and justice are not for granted.
Greening these areas is a synonym for displacement.
In grey streets, air agglomerates…
I’ve been thinking about the fact that the transportation network is the biggest polluter and what it would take to decarbonize transportation. Executive orders like the one signed by Newsom in September are definitely a step in the right direction. If we can’t buy new gas-powered cars, then eventually we will move towards electric. That being said, I think the bigger issue is the mindset around driving and travel, and that’s the biggest hurdle. The SPUR Northern California Megaregion document states that 65% of commuters drive alone in their vehicles. …
There are three famous cities in San Francisco Bay, and each of them corresponds to a geographical location in the greater bay, San Francisco for itself, south bay’s San Jose, and east bay’s Oakland. But when just look at the three zones, Oakland becomes a humbler existence. Compared with the tech hubs, great scenic spots, the east bay area seems to have no appealing advantage. …
North San Jose is beset by a number of threats that will come to a head in 2050. These include:
Flooding due to sea level rise, community displacement as a result of that flooding, exacerbated income inequality, infrastructural neglect and natural habitat degredation The Urban Villages district proses to address these threats through several avenues:
WIDENING RIVERS & CREATING GREEN SPACE to create a more permeable urban fabric to absorb future flooding and filter runoff during more frequent, intense rain events. More green space will serve as carbon storage, and will be typified as restored marshland corridors and edges or…
Just to reinforce that all of my design moves are rooted in reality, I’ve compiled a list of further precedents for my project and broken these down into the development categories I’m roughly using to correspond to aspects of my project. These include new development, community needs, and applications for new green spaces including restored wetland and community open spaces.
New ideas for landscape architecture expressed in very short essays from UC Berkeley