October 16 - December 19, 2014
Environmental Design Library (210 Wurster Hall)
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The shock waves of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement of 1964 reverberated within Wurster Hall, transforming the College of Environmental Design into a Laboratory for experiments in countercultural art and politics. Design Radicals surveys student and faculty ventures in the graphic art of anti-war protest, hands-on research into commune building and the creation of ecologically sustainable structures, and efforts to recast architecture, landscape architecture and community planning as participatory enterprises. In telling the story of Wurster Hall’s Design Radicals, the rich holdings of the Environmental Design Archives and the privately held Docs Populi poster collection will provide inspiration for a new generation of design activists. The College of Environmental Design Library will display posters, images, and artifacts of Berkeley’s expanded field of countercultural design practice and pedagogy.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. The student protest established UC Berkeley’s reputation for student activism and transformed the College of Environmental Design into a laboratory for experiments in countercultural art and politics. Associate Professor of Architecture, Greg Castillo, is presenting this exhibit and a series of lectures examining the legacy of design activism in the CED and its relationship to the Bay Area Counter Culture.