College of Environmental Design

2018 Circus

March 2, 2018 | Wurster Hall

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2018 Circus
Friday, March 2, 2018
Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

The 8th annual Circus will be held on March 2, 2018 at the College of Environmental Design. During this action-packed day, Wurster Hall opens its doors to distinguished visitors and critics to highlight the extraordinary work coming out of the College and provide opportunities for students to meet important figures in the environmental design realm. 

Talks highlighting new and innovative work by faculty members Anna Brand (LAEP), Neyran Turan (ARCH) and Karen Frick (DCRP) will start the day. After a networking lunch, the afternoon will be filled with presentations of student work, projects, and research to the Distinguished Visiting Fellows. The Distinguished Visiting Fellows are CED’s most loyal supporters – individuals who possess invaluable experience in the fields of environmental design and a deep connection to the College. This group is composed of our emeriti faculty, alumni, and highly-regarded professionals in their field of practice. 

Event Schedule

Time Event | Location
11–11:30 a.m. Check-in | 1st Floor Lobby
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Welcome Address from Dean and Chairs | 112 Wurster Hall


12–12:45 p.m.

Faculty Presentations 

12:45–2 p.m.Lunch | Wurster Hall Courtyard
2–5:15 p.m.

Afternoon Reviews | Various Locations

  • First Half: Presentations 2–3 p.m. | Open Deliberations & Discussions: 3–3:30 p.m.
  • Break: 3:30–3:45 p.m.
  • Second Half: Presentations 3:45–4:45 p.m. | Open Deliberations & Discussions: 4:45–5:15 p.m.
5:15–5:30 p.m.Final Student Recognition Deliberations & Selection | Various Locations
5:30–6 p.m.Student Recognition Ceremony | 112 Wurster Hall
6–7 p.m.

Closing Party | Wurster Hall Courtyard

VR Demo | 2nd Floor Lobby


Stop by the CED Virtual Reality Demo on the 2nd floor, led by Professor Luisa Caldas. CED students will lead Circus attendees through virtual reality demonstrations of their work.


Faculty Talks

ANNA BRAND, Assistant professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

“High Ground, Low Ground: The New Racial Topography of Urban Development in the 21st Century”

In the 12 years years since Hurricane Katrina, planners and policy makers have promoted redevelopment on the city’s historic high ground as the method and metric of rebuilding a more socially and environmentally just city. Yet instead of promoting justice, post-disaster recovery has reflected a new topography of vulnerability and privilege The “new” New Orleans exposes the nuanced ways that neoliberalization (re)concentrates affluence and privilege through urban development and displaces poor communities of color on both high and low ground. This research interrogates the emerging racial topographies and landscapes of redevelopment in a 21st century, post-disaster city. 

Talk Location:  210 Wurster Hall (Library)

KAREN TRAPENBERG FRICK, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning

“Odd Bedfellows and Unlikely Alliances: Finding Common Ground Across Difference”

Against a backdrop of hyper-political polarization worldwide, this presentation reviews recent transpartisan coalitions of “strange bedfellow” conservative and progressive allies who advocate for policy change about infrastructure in the United States. Some might view these as unholy alliances where participants make deals with the devil or lend one’s enemies undue legitimacy. However, when alliances emerge, public officials and the citizenry are challenged to not dismiss an enemy Other outright when divergent activists agree on matters of substance and process. Coalition actors in this research range from everyday citizens to high-profile public figures and elected officials. Karen Trapenberg Frick will discuss how these coalitions form, the strategies used to disseminate and market coalition messaging, and the implications for policy and planning.

Talk Location:  106 Wurster Hall

NEYRAN TURAN, Assistant Professor, Architecture

“Architecture and Planetary Imagination”  

In light of our current political crisis around climate change, what can architecture and design contribute toward a new planetary imaginary of our contemporary environment? Despite the urgency and the relevance of climate change, the topic has yet to be conceptualized as a cultural and political source around which our discourses on architectural representation and imagination can take shape. In this talk, Neyran Turan will present her current research and recent work, which tackles these questions through a particular focus on resource, materiality and waste.

Talk Location:  102 Wurster


A huge thanks to our generous Circus Sponsors:

ELS and Coolhaus Circus sponsor logos

Barbara Wachsman, MCP '83, MPH '84
David A. Friedman, BS '75 & Paulette J. Meyer
Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK)