We are pleased to announce that the Environmental Design Archives (EDA) will be hosting a set of Gallery Talks the second Tuesday of each month in October and November of 2017 and February, March and April of 2018. This new series of informal lectures on topics about portions of the EDA's collections will be given by scholars and practitioners whose research has drawn extensively from research at the EDA. Topics will range from affordable housing, Heath Ceramics, and landscape architect Robert Royston, to photography, and architectural competitions.
Our first event is October 10, 2017 from 7 to 8pm.
Matthew Gordon Lasner, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Hunter College, CUNY
“Eichler Homes and the Reinvention of Affordable Housing in the Bay Area”
Long before Oscar Newman's Defensible Space and the demolition of Pruitt-Igoe, builders of low-cost housing in the Bay Area embraced alternatives to the tower-in-the-park. One of the leading figures in this effort, beginning in the 1950s, was Eichler Homes. This talk explores Eichler's nearly two dozen experiments in multifamily housing and suggests how the firm's efforts complicate our understandings of how innovation in housing happens.
Don’t miss out! Mark your calendars!
Second Tuesday of each Month
Wurster Gallery, room 121
7 to 8 pm
Other Lectures in this series will include:
- November 14, JC Miller — Researching Royston
- February 13, Margie O’Driscoll — Why Bother with Competitions?
- March 13, Jennifer Volland — The World was Writing in Clay: Edith Heath and the Evolution of Heath Ceramics
- April 10, Janet Delaney — SoMa Now
To get specifics on upcoming lectures, please visit the Enironmental Design Archive website.
These presentations are free to UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, and Staff (please bring your UCB ID card).
Suggested donation for the general public is $5.