Standard Series for Architecture and Landscape Design Records: A Tool for the Arrangement and Description of Archival Collections

By: Kelcy Shepherd and Waverly Lowell
University Of California, Berkeley: Environmental Design Archives, 2010

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This archival manual is to assist in the processing of design collections. Based on the experience of processing more than a hundred large and small 19th and 20th collections of architecture and landscape architecture records, The Standard Series provides model DACS compatible guidelines for understanding or creating the arrangement and preparing the description of these collections that often include personal papers and professional records. It suggests researcher-friendly standards for providing access to the numerous design projects included within these materials.

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Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture, 1903-2003

Edited By: Waverly Lowell, Elizabeth Byrne, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell. University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design (2009)

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In 2009, after a decade of research, interviews, and editing, UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design published Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture, 1903–2003, a book chronicling the history of the University’s Department of Architecture, announced Jennifer Wolch, dean of the College of Environmental Design.

From its unofficial beginning on a San Francisco ferryboat to its current status as a nationally recognized program, the Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, played a significant role in American architectural education. Faculty and alumni from the UC Berkeley Architecture Department have profoundly influenced architectural thought, practice, design, education, and the built environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. Design on the Edge provides insights into the history and development of the department that included such notables as John Galen Howard, William Wurster, Catherine Bauer Wurster, Erich Mendelsohn, Christopher Alexander, Joseph Esherick, Spiro Kostof, Sim Van der Ryn, Dell Upton, and Marc Treib, as well as more recent rising stars such as Michael Bell and Lisa Iwamoto. From its inception, Berkeley’s architecture program enrolled women and minorities; recently, more than 50% of its graduates have been women. Discover how Berkeley’s Architecture Department became the national model for incorporating social responsibility and environmental sustainability into design and design education.

By assembling a wide array of informal reflections, scholarly essays, and writings from a variety of past and current students, staff, and faculty, Design on the Edge will appeal to a broad audience of people interested in architecture, pedagogy, the creative process, and the built environment of California. Its hundreds of photographs and drawings and readable text will engage and entertain.

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Landscape at Berkeley: The First 100 Years

Edited By: Waverly Lowell, Elizabeth Byrne, Carrie l. McDade University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design (2009)

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Landscape at Berkeley was published in conjunction with the centennial anniversary celebration of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Through scholarly essays, reminiscences, and illustrations, the monograph represents both commemoration of the Department and a greater understanding of the Berkeley campus. It also endeavors to trace Berkeley’s role in the history of the profession and design education in the United States.

Landscape at Berkeley focuses on the first hundred years of teaching landscape architecture and environmental planning on the UC Berkeley campus and captures an important localized perspective as well as primary source evidence that will enhance broader examinations of the major issues that have shaped the profession and the environments we inhabit and visit. Furthermore, it will contribute to the increasing scholarly interest in and literature on the history of design education, particularly that of landscape architecture and environmental planners. As such, it will appeal to a diverse audience of scholars, students, design professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

The monograph includes a comprehensive narrative history and schematic timeline of key events; scholarly essays exploring the activities of UC Berkeley students and faculty within the broader context of design history, education, research, practice, policy, and leadership; reminiscences of current and former faculty and students; and a color portfolio of student work illustrating curricular goals, program competitions, and the formative work of many individuals who have contributed to the profession locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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Living Modern: A Biography of Greenwood Common

By: Waverly B. Lowell
San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2009

Architect William Wurster envisioned Greenwood Common as a development that combined an idealistic sense of community with a modernist aesthetic and an awareness of regional traditions. Utilizing the Berkeley Design Archives this book details the eight distinct homes designed between 1952 and 1957, by seven significant California architects, that harmonize effortlessly with each other and with their location. The Common's landscape, along with four gardens designed by Lawrence Halprin, captured what had become the mid-century ideal of indoor-outdoor living.

Appropriate: The Houses of Joseph Esherick

By: Marc Treib
San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2007

Joseph Esherick was arguably the foremost San Francisco architect from the 1960s until his death in the late 1990s, following the wake of William Wurster. Esherick established his own practice in the late 1940s and the firm produced a continuous stream of laudable buildings, among them houses appropriate to their site and time. Affected less by national and international fashion than by the exigencies of local climate, social demands, and suitable technology, Esherick produced a large number of truly classic residences.

Modern Public Gardens: Robert Royston and the Suburban Park

By: Reuben Rainey and JC Miller
San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2006

Among the most innovative and influential of Royston's office's work were a series of suburban parks in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. These designs were insightful in their understanding of sociology, play and the postwar suburban landscape. Much has been written on the urban park, but virtually nothing on the suburban park. While almost completely unknown today, Royston's parks were one of the most socially successful landscape typologies in mid-century northern California.

The Donnell and Eckbo Gardens: Modern Californian Masterworks

By: Marc Treib
San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2005

Thomas Church's 1948 Donnell garden in Sonoma, California, and Garrett Eckbo's 1959 ALCOA Forecast garden in Los Angeles helped define the parameters of modern landscape design in the U.S. Although these gardens appear in almost every book on modern landscape architecture, the published facts and details have been relatively few. This volume assembles virtually all known documents on the two projects, including interviews with Church's collaborators and the holdings of the Environmental Design Archives, UC Berkeley.

Maybeck's Landscapes: Drawing in Nature

By: Dianne Harris
San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2005

While Maybeck's architectural career has been well documented, little writing has discussed and analyzed his ideas about landscape. Drawing in Nature delves into these ideas, along with his garden designs where he integrated houses and land. Also included are his grand landscape schemes for sites such as Twin Peaks in San Francisco. Maybeck produced stunning and at times gigantic pastel drawings, many of which are reproduced here in color.

Community Design Primer (Second Edition)

By: Randolph Hester
United States: Randolph Hester, 2005

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This book is for students, architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, city planners and anyone else who wants to use their professional skills to make a more environmentally just world. It is for teachers of community design. It is for designers who want to help people get the power to control their environments and create their own houses, neighborhoods, and cities.