Research

Design Radicals

Design Radicals: Berkeley in the ‘60s

Greg Castillo, Associate Professor of Architecture

Project Description

Examining the legacy of design activism within CED and its relationship to Bay Area counterculture, Design Radicals: Berkeley in the '60s establishes the historical significance of local experiments in design pedagogy and practice. As San Francisco emerged as the hub of counterculture pilgrimage routes in the late-1960s, radical politics and social change galvanized design ideals in Berkeley. The East Bay became the site of bold experiments in graphic arts, environmental activism, handcraft pedagogy, and self-build technologies.

Greg Castillo (http://ced.berkeley.edu/ced/faculty-staff/greg-castillo) and Sabrina Richard, the co-curators of Design Radicals: Berkeley in the '60s - an exhibition at UC Berkeley planned for the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement in the Fall of 2014 - discuss artifacts and initiatives that  document a decade of environmental design innovation. Design Radicals: Berkeley in the '60s establishes the historical significance of local experiments in design pedagogy and practice, and examines the legacy of design activism at CED and its relationship to Bay Area counterculture.