Today’s Environmental Activists Stand on David Brower’s Shoulders

When environmental activists protest in front of the White House to stop the Keystone oil pipeline, or demonstrate at the Southern California Edison headquarters to demand that the company close its San Onofre nuclear plant, they are carrying out the legacy of David Brower, who helped transform environmentalism from...

Awards Announcement: Brower Center Executive Director Receives Gerbode Fellowship

Berkeley, CA – June 18, 2012 – The David Brower Center’s Executive Director Amy Tobin was chosen as one of five individuals who received the 2012 Gerbode Professional Development Fellowship. The $10,000 fellowship is meant to recognize Tobin’s dedication to the nonprofit field, including building the Brower Center into...

Berkeley Honors David Brower’s Environmental Legacy

When Kenneth Brower was finishing up his freshman year at UC Berkeley, his father – the famed environmentalist David Brower – recruited him to work on a project: a book featuring stunning photos of the Big Sur coast entwined with the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Never mind that Kenneth...

Happy 3rd Anniversary David Brower Center! How a Building Can Build Community

This May, the David Brower Center celebrates its 3rd anniversary. The 50,000 square foot sustainable-community center was built in May 2009 despite it being the height of the recession. It is a space that has become an inspiration for action and a physical expression of the power of community....

Contemporary Artists Steward Ancient Agrarian Practices in Brower Center Exhibition

When modern living encroaches on pastoral land, open space and local food access aren’t the only things at stake. What happens to the generations-old land practices that once thrived there? Are they lost forever? What about the people who depend on land for their livelihoods? The David Brower Center’s...

Art Ecotopia

Land, Use examines the role of art in forging a healthier relationship between man and the environment. We live in a world where it has become gloriously passé to ask the question, “Is it art?” Notions of what is beautiful, what is didactic, what is science, and what simply...

The David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza

This Housing and Environmental Center project is a complex mixed-use development combining affordable housing, a LEED Platinum office building/conference center for the environmental movement, a restaurant, retail and public parking for the downtown Berkeley’s retail district. The intention of the project is to bring together themes of urban repair,...

Agrarian visions: “Land/Use” examines pastoral lives through a contemporary lens

VISUAL ART Artists are makers, though rarely of history. But Fernando García-Dory and Amy Franceschini, two internationally recognized artists, seem to have a gift for it. “Perhaps,” García-Dory says, “when you start with a long perspective on history, you start to make history as well.” At the David Brower...

Photo exhibit explores local sea life

How much life passes through a single one-foot by one-foot spot in the San Francisco Bay every day? Photographer David Liittschwager set out to answer that question over the course of 14 days this past spring. From a sailboat anchored in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, he...