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Design activism forum in February

10 January 2007

ATTENTION: Environmental and landscape writers and editors, Taiwanese media

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

"Remodeling Design Activism," a two-day workshop organized by the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and the Spoonbill Action Voluntary Echo (SAVE), International.

The workshop will generate new ideas from leaders in the field of design activism about how professional schools such as UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design can better educate activists, and offer guidance to SAVE in its efforts to save the endangered black-faced spoonbill from extinction in Asia while addressing concerns about the loss of cultural and biodiversity.

Topics will include why heritage matters, how to preserve diversity, the "voluntary professional," and how Pacific Rim universities can help endangered birds. A reception for winners of the Tommy Church Design Competition for a spoonbill-watching facility in Taiwan will conclude the first day's activities.

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, with a dinner presentation at 8 p.m., and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3

Room 315A of UC Berkeley's Wurster Hall, just north of the intersection of Bancroft Way and College Avenue

Leading the workshop will be:

Lori Pottinger, head of the Southern Africa programs at International Rivers Network
John Cain, director of restoration programs at the Natural Heritage Institute
Kealoha Pisciotta, president of the native Hawaiian organization Mauna Kea Anaina Hou
John Liu, a professor of architecture at National Taiwan University
Blaine Merker and John Bela of REBAR, a San Francisco collective
John Roberts of John Northmore Roberts Landscape Architecture in Berkeley
Randy Hester and Louise Mozingo, UC Berkeley professors of landscape architecture and environmental planning

The program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration by Friday, Jan. 26, is required. To sign up, call (510) 643-6831 or e-mail Ingrid Stromberg at stromberg.ingrid@gmail.com.