The Bay Area: Ground Zero for Earth Day?

Gaylord Nelson, the Wisconsin senator who created Earth Day, never envisioned it as an annual event. In 1970 he proposed a national teach-in, a day for universities across the country to hold “soul-searching” discussions about environmental issues. But the day was such a hit—35,000 speakers and 20 million participants...

Berkeley: Brower Center holding its first Earth Day Festival

BERKELEY — Spinning like a hub within a hub, the David Brower Center is gearing up for its first-ever Earth Day Festival. The all-afternoon festivities will offer hands-on workshops, moderated speaker panels, live music, art activities, food tastings and more from noon to 6 p.m. April 18 at the...

Let there be night: ‘Lux’ examines light pollution and human consumption

Our planet has been drastically altered by the rapid advancement of human civilization. In addition to scaling mountains and exploring the ocean’s deepest depths, we’ve also carved through all manner of terrain and harvested more than our share of natural resources. And in the past century, we’ve begun to...

The Berkeley Arts District’s David Brower Center

The Berkeley Arts District is booming these days and presiding at the eastern edge of that hub is the David Brower Center. An architectural curiosity in a ground-breaking “green from the ground up” design, the building looms like a docked, futuristic and uber-luxury ship at the corner of Allston...

Alameda: Maya Lin students meet Maya Lin

BERKELEY — Forty fifth-grade students sat around a small woman, who was dressed casually in jeans, a button-down shirt, a loose cardigan, and clogs. She spoke of environmental activism, creativity, and the importance of finding an artistic voice. And although the students are only 10 and 11 years old,...

Berkeley couple’s love blooms with ‘zero-waste wedding’

When Nick Kordesch talks about his green wedding, he’s not referring to the color of the table runners. In June, Nick, 34, the sustainability coordinator at San Francisco State University, married Hazel Perry, 33, a genetic counselor at UCSF, in what the couple call a “zero-waste wedding.” Because the...

Future Memory

In 1981, as an undergraduate studying architecture at Yale, Maya Lin made a bold artistic debut by beating out a host of established architects in a contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The design was a gracefully simple landscape intervention — a clean slice into...

Art review: Maya Lin combines sculpture, environmental research

Recently 400,000 people took to the streets for the People’s Climate March, in anticipation of a climate change summit at the United Nations in New York. For anyone who still needs convincing, “Art/Act: Maya Lin,” on view at the Brower Center, addresses the crisis with work that digs into...

Artist Maya Lin remembers what is missing

Maya Lin is hopeful about the future, probably more so than most humans are. Her flat delivery of statistics at her lecture on environmental issues at the David Brower Center on Monday wasn’t intended to depress us into throwing up our arms and asking why we even try. Instead,...

Maya Lin art and environmental activism featured in Berkeley exhibit

The relationship between architect-artist Maya Lin and the Bay Area has deep roots. She has been represented here by such works as her 11-ton, granite sculpture “Timetable” (2000, Stanford University) and the wiry stainless steel tubing of “Where the Land Meets the Sea” and the multimedia work that includes...