A Fine Message

What this country needs are pristine landscapes and fine cars to drive through them at top speed (how gorgeous are Pacific sunsets glimpsed from twisty cliffside roads!). Seriously, how to reconcile these conflicting imperatives? David Maisel’s magnificent aerial photographs of the parched 200-square-mile Owens Lake (east of the Sierra...

High-Performance Green Buildings

It pays to go green with new construction. According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), green buildings cost no more to build—and sometimes less—when project teams take an integrated design approach that considers sustainability goals throughout the whole building lifecycle. Consider the example of a green office complex...

Gather Opens in Berkeley

There’s a message in that name. Gather, the new 148-seat restaurant in downtown Berkeley’s David Brower Center, signals the gathering of community and local ingredients as well as recycled materials for its construction and design. Co-founders Ari Derfel (Back to Earth Organic Catering) and Eric Fenster brought vision to...

Salgado: Misery and Art

The demons of confusion are always with me at large-scale photo exhibitions of Sebastiao Salgado. They didn’t fail to come by during a recent visit to the David Brower Center Hazel Wolf Gallery. How am I to interpret this image? Am I seeing art, or reportage? Which sector of...

New Restaurants, New Chefs, New Beard Papa and New Holiday Treats

Next up, Gather at the David Brower Center opened this week in Berkeley. Reclaimed wood and other reused materials that were — yes — gathered from around the Bay Area make up the interior of honey and sand hues. Old Sonoma high school bleachers were turned into banquettes and...

A la Carte: Berkeley’s Gather, Orinda’s Republic of Cake

It’s not as if Berkeley didn’t have enough restaurants already, but that embarrassment of riches just got more blush-worthy with the opening of Gather this week. Executive chef Sean Baker, who hails from San Francisco’s Millennium, is putting the emphasis on seasonal, farm-fresh food for vegetarians and omnivores alike....

Gather: East Bay grub that’s organic but tastes good

When you hear either the word “Berkeley” or the word “organic”, two things come to mind, and they are the other of those words. Making that a good thing, Gather. From two Bay Area “food activists”, Gather’s a 150-seat eatery that’s 100% committed to making organic, farm-to-table fresh grub...

Brower Center’s New Restaurant Opens

A few days before it opened in early May, we got a sneak peek at Downtown Berkeley’s David Brower Center, a 50,000-square-foot multi-use space hailed as the East Bay’s “greenest building.” Designed to be 40 percent more energy-efficient than conventional structures of its size, featuring zinc siding, photovoltaic panels,...

Green Building in Berkeley

Several compact Meyer Sound audio systems are part of Berkeley’s new, low carbon footprint David Brower Center. The new David Brower Center’s low carbon footprint has made an impression on the environmentally progressive city of Berkeley, Calif. From photovoltaic power and natural lighting to compact Meyer Sound audio systems...