Thursday, May 16, 2013

$30,000 for artist to design an illuminated pedestrian navigation system in San Jose

A $30,000 fellowship for an artist to design a data-oriented illuminated pedestrian navigation system for San Jose.
One of many creative ideas coming out of the Zero1 gallery and the City of San Jose public art program.
Qualifications due May 20.

Junior Level Designer/Drafter Wanted at Pacific Design Group

Job Description
Pacific Design Group is a design oriented architecture firm located in Larkspur, specializing in residential and commercial projects. We have been in business for over 25 years and maintain long-standing client relationships.

We have an immediate opening for a junior level designer / drafter to work on design support and production for a range of projects. A minimum of one year of office experience is required as well as skills in design and construction documentation. Great opportunity for candidates seeking licensure.

Schedule is flexible.
AutoCAD 2013, Revit, and SketchUp skills are required.
How to Apply
Please submit a digital copy of your resume along with 3-4 images illustrating what you feel is your strongest work to:
Phone calls will not be accepted.

Register now: 2013 Summer Fabrication Shop and CAD/CAM Workshops

Register now: 2013 Summer Fabrication Shop and CAD/CAM Workshops 
Registration is open until workshop is full

Register now for the 2013 Summer Fabrication Shop and CAD/CAM Workshops offered here at CED this summer. Registration can be done online here or via in person at 477 Wurster Hall.
End Table Construction by Matthew Wolpe. Learn some of the fundamental techniques behind making furniture with domestic sustainable hardwoods. The project will be constructing a mortise and tenon end-table. Review different types of hardwoods and tools that are specific to furniture making. Learn the process of milling stock, measuring, marking and cutting joinery, sharpening chisels, gluing up a table top panel, sanding and finishing.

Ring Making by Semar Prom. This workshop will introduce precious metals construction techniques. Learn cutting, forming, annealing, silver soldering, and finishing techniques on copper and sterling silver. Acquire the skills to make a copper ring, a copper hollow-form ring, and a sterling silver ring.

Tool Box Construction by Elizabeth Thorp. Build a hardy tool box while learning safe woodworking practices, the properties of wood, and box construction techniques such as mitering, spine joinery, and tongue and groove construction. Learn basic finishing techniques for this project and leave the workshop with a hand-crafted tool box and hands-on knowledge of its construction.

Flat Goods Engineering by Chris K. Palmer. This workshop is an introduction to flat goods engineering using laser cutters. We will explore fabrication systems that hold together with no glue or fasteners of any kind, using custom programs developed by the instructor and made available for the duration of the workshop. Materials explored will include paper and plywood.
Prerequisites: Some experience with modeling/drafting in Rhinoceros preferred.

Shadowfolds Textile Folds by Chris K. Palmer. Learn sew folding techniques in a variety of textiles with templates provided by the author of Shadowfolds: Surprisingly Easy-To-make Geometric Designs in Fabric. Using his book as a guide, start with projects shown there and then make other folds based on patterns that he has not yet published. (*Additional textile materials will be required.)

Summer Session A: Ethnic Studies 144AC- "Racism and the U.S Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color"- Announcement

Ethnic Studies 144AC - "Racism and the U.S. Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color"
Monday/Wednesday, 5-9pm, 213 Wheeler Hall
Session A: May 28-July 3
CCN: 43890

"Learn about the evolution of American legal treatment of race from the colonial era to the Obama era! Earn your American Cultures requirement while learning about the law from a civil rights attorney with a Ph.D. in ethnic studies! Do you wonder what the talking heads mean when they say that America is "Post-Racial"? We will examine this concept critically in the context of the history of the complex relationship between legal/juridicial structures and racial formation in the United States. We will consider how legal processes are interrelated with discourses and practices about race and rights in the U.S. In order to unravel the DNA of this relationship, we will investigate the formation of citizenship rights; education access; and police and war powers amongst other contexts. "

CED Alum Documentary Screening: If You Build It (May 28th)

Come see a documentary about the work of CED young alum, Emily Pilloton!
Event details:
And a trailer: (password is "bertie")

Join us for a sneak peek screening of If You Build It, a full-length documentary that chronicles one year in our Studio H design/build high school program. Made by acclaimed filmmakers Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley, along with executive producer Neal Baer, If You Build It tells the stories of 13 students from Bertie County, North Carolina, who dreamed up a beautiful solution that would change the face of their hometown, then went out and built all 2,000 square feet of it. As their instructors, we were honored to work with them and lead them along the journey. The story exemplifies the power of hands-on education, the raw brilliance of youth, and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community.

Come see the film before it is widely released, meet some of our current Studio H students from REALM Charter School, enter an awesome raffle, and learn more about how design and hands-on building can transform education for youth (including information about our new program, Studio G, a summer building camp for girls ages 9-12).


Doors open: 6:30pm (arrive early for good seats + raffle ticket purchases!)
Film begins: 7:00pm

Buy raffle tickets at the door for $5 each or 5 for $20. We'll have a few great items including projects made by Studio H students and other builder-maker-designer-type gifts! For a great value, buy a VIP ticket, which includes 10 raffle tickets. Drawing will take place after the film screening.

About Studio H
Studio H is a public high school "design/build" curriculum that sparks community development through real-world, built projects. Originally launched in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, Studio H is now based at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, CA. Studio H is the cornerstone educational initiative of the nonprofit Project H Design.

By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and industry-relevant construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.

Over the course of one semester, students earn high school credit and have the opportunity to design, prototype, and build a full-scale community project. Our students have designed and built some crazy chicken coops for families in need, and a 2,000-square-foot farmers market pavilion.

Studio H is a different kind of classroom. We design, build, and transform.

Summer Session A: Info 181 - Technology and Poverty - Announcement

INFO 181. Technology and Poverty (3 units)
Instructor(s): Elisa Oreglia/Neha Kumar
Time: MWF 2-4:30 (Session A: May 28 - July 3, 2013)
Location: 210 South Hall
CCN: 49825

This course will encourage students to think broadly about the interplay between technological systems, social processes, economic activities, and political contingencies in efforts to alleviate poverty. Students will come to understand poverty not only in terms of high-level indicators, but from a ground-level perspective as ‘the poor’ experience and describe it for themselves. The role played by individuals and societies of the developing world as active agents in processes of technology adoption and use will be a central theme. Technologies connection to socio-economic development efforts will be put into historical context by exposing students to several phases of intensive interest including the ‘green revolution,’ the push towards industrialization, the ‘appropriate technologies’ movement, and more recent interest in digital technologies.

Introductory material for the course will challenge students to think about exactly how ‘technology’ is defined and about the wide variation amongst devices/systems covered by the term. Course topics will be explored through a series of case studies that will be supplemented by cross-disciplinary readings. The use of illustrative case studies will make the course accessible to undergraduates with diverse disciplinary backgrounds. In our discussion of ‘information technologies’ we will explore not only key form factors such as computers, the Internet, and mobile phones, but also their incorporation into broader practices such as micro-business and agriculture.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

UTOSA Public Interest Design Student Leadership Summit: May 28 to June 1

The University of Texas at Austin‘s Center for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the inaugural “Design Futures” Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum. The event will be held at UT-Austin, May 28-June 1, 2013. It will unite a select group of multi-disciplinary students and emerging leaders in the PID field.

The forum will explore the emergence of PID in history, and will examine a range of issues related to skills development and best practice in this rapidly emerging field. Established leaders in the field will share their perspectives on the theory, practice, and experience of PID across the world through explorations of different models of practice and how to approach different topics such as affordable housing, public space, international development, and more. Please see the agenda for an up-to-date list of speakers and events.

Students who attend the Design Futures PID Student Leadership Forum will gain specific training in some of the core skill sets required for effective PID practice, including:
Leadership Skills (community engagement methods, tactics, social entrepreneurship, etc.);
Management (fundraising, grant-writing, etc.); and
Professional Enrichment (career paths, problem-solving, reflective practice, etc.).
Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and we look forward to helping provide a solid foundation around which to build a successful career path within this emergent field of design practice. For more information, and to register for the Design Futures Forum, visit the forum website. The cost to attend the Design Futures Forum is $400 per student; shared, dorm-style housing is available on UT’s campus for an additional $200 for those students interested in lodging for the extent of the five day forum.

Come build the movement with us!


May Events at SPUR


The Space Between Home and School
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
We traditionally think that schooling begins at the first bell, but a student’s education is also shaped by time spent at home and on the way to school. Redefining the roles of home and community is critical to academic success for our future leaders. Join us for an in-depth look at how urban planning can improve access to quality education in San Francisco.
Co-presented by Parents of Public Schools – San Francisco.
Register now >>
Annie Alley's Pedestrian Plaza
The Yerba Buena Street Life Plan identifies Annie Alley as a key opportunity for a new open space within San Francisco’s downtown. What better way to explore the idea than a pilot project transforming the alley into a temporary public promenade, complete with planting, seating and activities? Help SPUR and the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District jumpstart outdoor events in Annie Alley by spending the week with us.
May 20 — City Picnic: Annie Alley >>
May 21 — SF's Long Range Transportation Plan >>
May 21 — Beyond Zuccotti Park >>
May 22 — TINY: A Story About Living Small >>
May 23 — Arts and Dialogue >>
May 24 — Everybody Cut Footloose >>

SPUR Programs

Growing Upper Market
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
12:00 p.m.
In 2008 San Francisco adopted the Market and Octavia Area Plan, which created new transit-oriented zoning and design guidelines for the area and simultaneously completed further design guidelines for Upper Market. Now many projects, including 1960 Market, 2001 Market and 2299 Market, are on the boards or under construction. Join representatives from the San Francisco Planning Department for a walking tour of these exciting transformations.
This event is generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.
+ Kearstin Dischinger, San Francisco Planning Department
+ Michael Smith, San Francisco Planning Department

Making Healthy Places
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
6:00 p.m.
The connection between human health and the built environment, particularly cities and suburbs, is becoming undeniable. Whether looking at an individual room or the larger neighborhood, the materials and components around us have the potential to impact our health. How do we define a “healthy place”? Join a conversation with the author of Making Healthy Places about the human health implications of buildings, neighborhoods and cities — and the suggestions that can foster a healthy environment around us.
Co-presented with Island Press.
+ Dr. Richard Jackson, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA

Modeling The Bay Area
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
12:30 p.m.
Regional planning in California may lack strong governance and implementation tools, but it does have increasingly sophisticated modeling tools. The current Plan Bay Area, for instance, is grounded in updated models of the region’s land use and travel patterns over the upcoming decades. Come hear about the transportation model, the land use model and the outlook that they set for the future of our region.
+ Dave Ory, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
+ Mike Reilly, Association of Bay Area Governments

On Solid Ground
Monday, May 13, 2013
12:30 p.m.
This event will take place in San Jose.
Local jurisdictions will face many questions as they seek to rebuild in the months and years following a disaster. How should local governments balance the need to rebuild quickly with the need to create a deliberative process? How should we be thinking about planning for growth in areas of liquefaction and sea level rise? And how do local governments leverage the state and federal resources available for recovery to finance the enormous costs of rebuilding? A panel of experts will address these questions and outline a path to rebuild in a post-disaster city.
Co-presented by the City of San Jose.
+ Charles Eadie, Hamilton Swift and Associates
+ Laurel Prevetti, City of San Jose Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement
+ Sarah Karlinsky, SPUR

Strengthening the Bay Area's Food System (in San Jose)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
12:30 p.m.
This event will take place in San Jose.
The Bay Area food economy — from farm to table to compost and back — is an important sector in both the urban and rural areas of the region. Though the region has seen a recent surge of interest in food grown and produced locally, many of the farms and ranches that serve as a foundation for the local food system are at risk of being developed or are struggling to remain viable. Come for a discussion of these trends and the policy efforts that are underway to strengthen our regional food system.
+ Jeremy Madsen, Greenbelt Alliance
+ Jennifer Scheer, Santa Clara County Farm Bureau
+ Eli Zigas, SPUR

Strengthening the Bay Area’s Food System
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
12:30 p.m.
The Bay Area food economy — from farm to table to compost and back — is an important sector in both the urban and rural areas of the region. Though the region has seen a recent surge of interest in food grown and produced locally, many of the farms and ranches that serve as a foundation for the local food system are at risk of being developed or are struggling to remain viable. Come for a discussion of these trends and the policy efforts that are underway to strengthen our regional food system.
+ Jeremy Madsen, Greenbelt Alliance
+ Michael Janis, San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market
+ Eli Zigas, SPUR

My Design Vision for SJ
Thursday, May 16, 2013
6:00 p.m.
This event will take place in San Jose.
Pecha Kucha is coming back to SPUR San Jose! Hear and see designers, thinkers and doers share their open space, transportation, community and urban design solutions using Pecha Kucha’s world-famous, rapid-fire format. Speakers will present 20 slides of 20 seconds each, making it a fast, furious and fun celebration of urbanism.
Co-presented by Pecha Kucha San Jose and the San Jose Museum of Art.

Placemaking: Market and 6th
Saturday, May 18, 2013
10:00 a.m.
The intersection of Market and 6th Streets, in the heart of the Mid-Market neighborhood, has long had its share of difficulties. Crime, vandalism, homelessness and persistent retail vacancies have left the intersection avoided by locals and tourists alike. However, new restaurants and tech companies are slowly moving in, bringing with them a new and dynamic environment. Join SPUR, URBAN SPACEship and an assemblage of local businesses as we close down a portion of 6th Street and work to activate to this important component of San Francisco’s core.
Co-presented by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority.
+ Leemor Chandally, URBAN SPACEship

City Picnic: Annie Alley
Monday, May 20, 2013
12:00 p.m.
The Yerba Buena Street Life Plan identifies Annie Alley as a key opportunity for a new open space within San Francisco’s downtown. What better way to explore the idea than a pilot project transforming the alley into a temporary public promenade, complete with planting, seating and activities? Help SPUR and the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District jumpstart a week of outdoor events in Annie Alley by spending lunch with us. We’ll provide a grand banquet table. You, the exciting ideas. Grab some lunch from a local eatery or food truck, and join us for a picnic and discussion about the future of alleys in our urban environments.
Generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.

SF’s Long Range Transportation Plan
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
12:30 p.m.
Should San Francisco extend the Central Subway to Fisherman’s Wharf? Or cable cars to Japantown? Should we prioritize bus-rapid transit on Geary or to Potrero/Bayshore? Should we focus our limited resources on maintaining our system, or get new resources to help expand service where Muni is most crowded? Answering these questions is part of the task of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, who will use this forum explore the tough questions and unveil different scenarios for transportation investments to support the city’s growth.
Generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
+ Liz Brisson, San Francisco County Transportation Authority
+ Rachel Hiatt, San Francisco County Transportation Authority

Beyond Zuccotti Park
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
6:00 p.m.
With its central location in New York’s Financial District, its dense tree canopy and abundance of seating and wide-open spaces, Zuccotti Park provided the perfect frontline for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The new book Beyond Zuccotti Park asks a myriad of noted designers about the use, role and importance of public space in democracy. Join us for a discussion with Michael Pyatok, designer of the Oakland Civic Center and the recipient of the 2013 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, about improving the design, use and access of public space.
Generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and co-presented by New Village Press.
+ Michael Pyatok, Pyatok Architects

TINY: A Story About Living Small
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Can living small go big? Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2013, TINY, a film about families living in homes smaller than a parking space and one couple’s attempts to build a similarly scaled house for themselves, will feel perfectly sized for a screening in the street-turned-pedestrian plaza atmosphere of Annie Alley. As a sneak peek of the 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival kicking off a week later, TINY will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
Co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival and generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
+ Christopher Smith, TINY
+ Merete Mueller, TINY

Arts and Dialogue: Curt Yagi & the People Standing Behind Me
Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join SPUR and community partner the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District for a highly anticipated installment of Arts in Dialogue with Curt Yagi & the People Standing Behind Me. Annie Alley, reimagined as a pedestrian plaza, will act as the stage, and the band, critically lauded by local and national publications, will serve up an evening of acoustic rock, spiced up with a dash of funk flavoring.
And join us after the concert for a special presentation of a new performance piece by Here Now Dance Collective.
Generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
+ Curt Yagi & the People Standing Behind Me

Everybody Cut Footloose
Friday, May 24, 2013
12:30 p.m.
Local performance company Here Now Dance Collective has brought their art to audiences in urban settings all over the United States. For their latest piece, This Is Dedicated…, the collective is working with a live DJ and visual designer for the first time. Together they will activate Annie Alley with an exciting production performed within the frame of an old WWI dance-a-thon, utilizing the setting of the alley as the inspiration for their movement.
Generously sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
+ Here Now Dance Collective

Designing Urban Agriculture
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
12:30 p.m.
Growing food in cities involves not only a green thumb but also a myriad of design and planning decisions. From community gardens to rooftop farms, urban agriculture takes many shapes and forms. Join our speaker, a landscape architect and the author of Designing Urban Agriculture, for a discussion of case studies and strategies from around the country that provide designers and planners with a role in forging healthier communities and a healthier environment.
+ April Philips, April Philips Design Works


Future-Proof Water
March 14, 2013 - June 21, 2013
More than two-thirds of the Bay Area’s water is imported from outside the region — supplies that are threatened by a multitude of hurdles, from climate change to new regulations. With the Bay Area set to add another 2 million people by 2040, a safe and reliable source of water to support that growth will be crucial for the region’s continued prosperity. SPUR’s latest exhibition follows the course of our water, from its source to our own faucets, and identifies ways we can continue to keep our most precious resource flowing.
Ideas and action for a better city

"SF's Housing Crisis" - Panel and Event May 14

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition is a small organization that advocates for the development of well-designed housing at all levels of affordability in San Francisco. On May 14, next Tuesday, we are co-hosting an event with San Francisco Magazine titled "SF's Housing Crisis: Can the Tech Boom Help Us?" This topic could not be more relevant. We have an awesome panel that includes Enrico Moretti, a economics professor at CAL. The event will consist of a reception followed by a panel discussion. It is just two hours long and it would be a great experience for urban planning students. Tickets for students are only $15, which is under cost. They just need to bring a valid student ID.

Open Position at MTP Architects

MTP Architects is a multi-discipline design firm known for its innovative strategic thinking and bespoke sustainable design.

The work of the firm and its employees is diverse, encompassing corporate offices, tenant improvements, retail design, restaurant design, interior and exterior historic building renovation, single and multi-resident housing, and high-rise and low-rise building design. We are interviewing qualified candidates for the following position.
A graduate of a Architecture/Interior Architecture program, with one to three years of cumulative working experience. Junior Designer’s responsibilities include:
-Transposition of redlined check set data to working drawing in progress
-All phases of design and planning
-Completion of site, foundation and floor plans, elevations, sections and schedules for smaller buildings
-Transposition of sketched details, sections, and notes onto working drawing sheets
-Near completion of site, floor plans, etc. for larger buildings
-Detail design for simpler, smaller building construction
-Some site construction observation and construction administration
-Assistance at presentation meetings and some degree of direct client contact
-Coordination of architectural and engineering drawings for smaller buildings
-Self-directed CADD input and checking
-Word processing
-Outline specification writing
-Shop drawing review with close supervision

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to communicate well and have a command of the following applications ArchiCad, SketchUp, Autocad, Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Artlantis, Maxwell, Rhino, Microsoft Pro. The successful candidate will also present a balanced portfolio of projects from concept to some level of production drawings.

MTP Architects
155 Montgomery St., Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.407.2772 mobile
415.309.1410 office

Oakland Community Builders Internship Program - Now Accepting Applications

Oakland Community Builders Internship Program Accepting Student Applications for 2013-14
Interested in grassroots community organizing?
Want to gain experience working on pressing social justice issues on the ground in the East Bay?
Apply to be an Oakland Community Builders intern!

Priority Application Deadline: May 8, 2013
Preliminary Interviews May 9, 2013
Oakland Community Builders (OCB) is a yearlong internship program that trains students in what it means to be a community organizer while addressing the needs of communities in the East Bay. OCB will:
· Challenge you to analyze community organizing tactics and social issues rather than just read about them
· Offer you a chance to contribute to your local community
· Let you meet and interact with other students who share your interest in civic engagement.
You will leave the program with tools and experiences that will be useful and applicable to your own community organizing projects.

In addition to interning in the community 8 hours/week, students (in fall) engage in skill-based trainings and participatory dialogues and (in spring) enroll in a faculty-led course (course menu provided) to deepen understanding of community organizing, its connection to local government and public policy, and/or the historical, social, economic, and cultural history of the East Bay.

· Fall 2013 trainings provide a foundation for interning in the public interest sector, and take place on Tuesdays from 6-8pm, in conjunction the Cal Corps Public Service Internship Program and interns from local government and traditional nonprofits.

· For spring 2014 OCB will provide interns with a list of faculty-led courses to choose from, based on student interest and schedule.


Fall 2013 Discovery Courses - Satisfy Breadth Requirements!

Announcing: Fall 2013 Discovery Courses, an ideal way to satisfy breadth!

L&S 120C: The Bible in Western Culture, Ron Hendel--satisfies Arts and Literature or Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth

L&S C30T: Drugs and the Brain, David Presti--satisfies Biological Science breadth

L&S C140V: The Archaeology of Health and Disease, Sabrina Agarwal and Laurie Wilkie--satisfies Historical Studies or Social and Behavioral Studies breadth

L&S C140V: The History and Practice of Human Rights, Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman--satisfies Historical Studies or Social and Behavioral Studies breadth

L&S C70T: The Planets, Geoffrey Marcy--satisfies Physical Science breadth

L&S C70V: Physics for Future Presidents, Bob Jacobsen--satisfies Physical Science breadth

L&S C70Y: Earthquakes in Your Backyard, RIchard Allen--satisfies Physical Science breadth

L&S C180T: Language and Power, Claire Kramsch--satisfies Social and Behavioral Sciences or Arts and Literature breadth

Apply to 2013-2014 Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Prgram

Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program

Are you currently engaged in service and/or working for social justice? Are you ready to deepen the impact of your work for change? Join the new campus-wide “Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program” for any undergraduate or graduate who is committed to making a difference in the world and meet your peers, develop your leadership skills and be eligible for grants up to $5000 to actualize your community-based projects.

Website: Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program
Apply Online: Register to receive CCN