Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning

Celebrating the Next 100 Years

The Centennial of the Department of Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley

Matt Kondolf

As the department turns 100 in the fall of 2013, we plan a series of events to look forward to the next century of design and planning towards a more sustainable and socially equitable world. We host a conference, Adaptive Metropolis, in September; "Watermarks", an international competition examining outdated flood risk management infrastructure; and the Berkeley Thunderdome, a series of live and online discussions about issues in landscape architecture. We host social events to connect our current students and recent grads with more senior alums and other professionals in the field. Our centennial book, Landscape at Berkeley (edited by Waverly Lowell, Elizabeth Byrne, and Carrie McDade), traces the history of landscape architecture and the department's role in that history over the past century, and looks forward to the future of the field, through a series of essays from leading practitioners and scholars. 

We look forward to having you join us as we celebrate the department's birthday, and most importantly, as we look forward to the future of our field.

Matt Kondolf, Professor and Chair


Schedule of Events

Date Event
June 3, 2013

Watermarks Competition


The Watermarks Competition examined the true flood risk of U.S. developments built on lands that will flood. Under the rules of FEMA, these developments are not considered to be "in the floodplain," because they are "protected" by levees designed to control the "100-year flood." However they are not designed to protect against the 200-year flood, or the 300-year flood. The risk of high water can come from inundation of unprotected floodplains by big floods, overtopping or failure of levees, failure of upstream dams, or coastal flooding.

September 27-29, 2013

Adaptive Metropolis Symposium & Urban Exploration


The Adaptive Metropolis Symposium convened a global community of thinkers and doers to discuss the future of collaborative city-making. Participants were citizens, designers, artists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, government officials and policy makers coming all the way from San Francisco to the Global South. The symposium featured two days of structured debate and keynotes from major players like Steven Johnson, Alfredo Brillembourg, Gil Penalosa, and Lisa Gansky. The symposium concluded on the third day with an urban exploration, led by the Rebar Group, though the city of San Francisco.

September 28, 2013

LAEP Centennial Dinner


Faculty and students enjoyed an end-of-summer evening of food, music, and dancing under the stars at the Campanile’s Esplanade.

Friday, November 15, 2013

CED LAEP Alumni Reunion at ASLA Boston
6-8 p.m.
Room 259B, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St, Boston, MA

Please join us in Boston for a CED alumni reception to celebrate the profession. Come and reacquaint yourself with fellow colleagues and classmates, and to learn about what's new at Wurster Hall.

This reception will be followed by an all-college reunion sponsored by ASLA from 8-10 p.m.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Future of the Concrete Channel

As concrete channels inevitably age and reach the end of their design lives, river managers confront the question of what to do with this deteriorating infrastructure. Can the channels be rebuilt or modified to pass floods increasing due to urbanization and climate change? Or is this an opportunity to implement alternative approaches that restore valuable functions of natural rivers? Scholars, practitioners, and managers will share ideas and experiences from California and elsewhere in the US, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities of rethinking the concrete channel.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thunderdome Debates: What Skills Do Landscape Architects Need for the Next 100 Years?

We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Berkeley's Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning by creating the physical and virtual space for the Thunderdome Debates, to which we will invite some of the finest minds in our field. The debates will be designed to address both the content and the process of landscape architecture and environmental planning. Berkeley will host online recordings of these Debates, along with written follow-up exchanges between the debaters, and moderated discussions of the 100th Anniversary Debates that are open to all interested participants.