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...

The aliens have landed!

Naturalist E.O. Wilson once wrote that “a lifetime can be spent in a Magellanic voyage around the trunk of a single tree.” Easy for him to say: He’s made a distinguished career out of studying ants and a lot of other little wriggly things that most of us dread...

New Photo Exhibit Reveals Diversity in a Cubic Foot of SF Bay

The Golden Gate Bridge, approaching its 75th anniversary in May 2012, is the most photographed bridge in the world — but what about what lies underneath it? Photographer David Liittschwager decided to address just that. As part of his “One Cubic Foot” series, Liittschwager photographed the abundance of life...

Imagineering at David Brower Center

Sierra Club founder David Brower advised activists: “Have a good time saving the world. Otherwise, you’re just going to depress yourself.” We need to start thinking seriously about human futures. The 22 Bay Area artists selected for Hello Tomorrow by the Berkeley Art Museum’s Lucinda Barnes, the Brower Center’s...

David Brower Center becomes first LEED Platinum-certified building in Berkeley

Designed by San Francisco-based WRT Design, the building was named after the prominent environmentalist David Brower and is also one of only 30 in the San Francisco Bay Area to secure LEED Platinum. The facility includes 50,000 square feet of office space, public education space, and a restaurant. The...

Eco-Friendly Artist Breaks the Mold

While many artists are looking to make their mark, eco-artist Daniel McCormick tries to do just the opposite. The Bay Area artist, who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from UC Berkeley, installs sculptures in eroded gullies and riverbanks to restore damaged ecosystems, hoping that after a few...