Jordan Exhibit Visualizes Eco-Disaster

Did you know that 28,000 42-gallon barrels of oil are consumed every two minutes in the United States? How about that 270,000 sharks are killed worldwide everyday for their fins? Yeah, neither did I until recently, and it’s not difficult to imagine why. Though staggering statistics such as these...

Green to the (Structural) Core: A home for environmental and social action is true to the legacy of its namesake

A quick glance at the tenant directory in the lobby of the David Brower Center reveals that the four-story structure in downtown Berkeley, California, is not a typical office building. Names like the Earth Island Institute, the Green Jobs Network, and the Bay Area Open Space Council, give visitors...

Flooded Out of Mexico?

This summer, the David Brower Center, an environmental hub in Berkeley, California, is hosting the exhibition Water, Rivers and People. With images (like this one) of soiled rivers, flooded towns, and citizens mourning the loss of their land, their loved ones and their livelihoods, this remarkable photography exhibit visually...

Yes We Icon: SOLE Food Movement Needs Images

To mark the opening of “Water, Rivers and People (Agua, Ríos y Pueblos),” a photography exhibition about people’s relationship with rivers and their struggle to protect them from destructive dams, mining projects, and other threats, International Rivers held a panel discussion with two of the exhibit’s photographers and two...

Water, Rivers, and People Opening: Show Plunges Into Water Issues

With oil spilling out of the Gulf of Mexico, drought besieging West Africa’s Sahel region and more bad news about the increasingly instability of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the David Brower Center’s “Water, Rivers and People” exhibition is particularly timely. Presented in partnership with International Rivers and the...

Restaurant Review: Gather, in Berkeley, Calif.

Ari Derfel and Eric Fenster were not yet born in 1971 when Alice Waters opened the seminal Chez Panisse, paving the road that brought local, seasonal cooking into the mainstream. But with Gather, their 148-seat restaurant, these self-described “pathological optimists” are turning that road into something of a four-lane...

2010 Diablo Eco Awards

David Brower Building Wins For: Creating a Model Eco-Headquarters in Downtown Berkeley. Named after the pioneering East Bay environmentalist, Berkeley’s David Brower Center opened last May to provide a LEED-Platinum HQ for like-minded organizations. This eco-activist hub is home to an übersustainable restaurant, progressive art gallery, and 29 green...

David Brower Center Wins Best New Green Building Award

The David Brower Center in Berkeley, California received the Best New Green Building award from the San Francisco Business Times. This is the third award bestowed upon the project in the last year. In May 2009, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)—a regional planning agency incorporating various local...

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...