Events Archive

Past Events

TOD and Social Equity: An Agenda for Research and Action>>

JUNE 2010

Innovating the Green Economy >>


2008-2009 Speaker Series

In Honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Department of City & Regional Planning

A conference sponsored by the University of California Transportation Center and the Center for Community Innovation at the UC Berkeley Institute for Urban and Regional Development, held at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. 
A conference sponsored by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Center for Community Innovation at the UC Berkeley Institute for Urban and Regional Development, held at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. MORE..
East Bay Green Corridor Partnership – Presentation Downloads

Paul Davidoff Award Event

This winter, CCI and the College of Environmental Design were proud to host a celebration for Professor Randy Hester and Jason Corburn for both winning the Paul Davidoff Awards. The Davidoff Award is presented by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning as one of the most prestigious honors in the academic planning field. It was established in 1981 to honor the memory of a revered and respected activist academic of city planning who was an unyielding force for justice and equity.
Art and artists have come to be seen as catalysts for neighborhood change, both positive and negative. This symposium, sponsored by CCI jointly with UCB's Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, will examine what creative venues mean for neighborhood identity and future from the perspective of community-based arts organizations, neighborhood advocates, funders, and the artists themselves. MORE...

Are We There Yet? Bay Area Transit-Oriented Communities and Mixed Incomes >>

Many Bay Area cities are currently trying to decide how much of their industrial land supply to convert to residential and commercial uses. This symposium will help to coordinate the conversation going on in various municipalities by offering a macro perspective on the demand for industrial land. Key academic and professional planning experts will discuss the nature of industrial land demand in the 21st century economy, the emerging arrangement of land uses in California's mega-regions, green industry and building issues, and trends in residential development.
MARCH 9, 2007
Transit-oriented developments are fast becoming reality at major transit stations in the Bay Area. Along the BART system alone, eleven communities with stations have completed or approved TODs, and 25 projects are in planning or negotiation phases. Further, station-area planning based on MTC's new TOD policy, underway along several proposed transit extensions or stations, has increased at such a rapid pace that in many locations it may now be feasible to build-rate housing (along with the requisite replacement parking). This confluence of the market and policy is promising for infill development and for increasing transit ridership, both important smart growth goals. MORE...

Bridging Richmond and UC Berkeley: An Open Dinner Forum

NOV. 8, 2006
Who is Richmond? This is a question being asked by Shannon Flattery, artistic director of Touchable Stories and artist-in-residence at the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley. It is the same question being asked at the Center for Community Innovation. Using very different methods, both are pursuing the same end: sustainable positive change for the current residents of the city of Richmond.
Bridging Richmond and UC Berkeley brought together, around one table, Richmond residents, UC Berkeley faculty and students, artists and activists, urban planners, and architects to discuss Richmond's identity, history, and future.  We heard stories from Richmond residents participating in the Touchable Stories project, the students and professional artists who are involved, and faculty and students doing research in Richmond. There was an open discussion on the city of Richmond as a site of development, art, activism, and research. We explored the common ground and contrasting perceptions that exist in Richmond and Berkeley. Touchable Stories has hosted several community potluck dinners in Richmond; this is the first to take place in Berkeley. The sharing of traditional dishes is encouraged. All are invited to take a seat at the table and join the conversation.
This event is sponsored by the Arts Research Center and the Center for Community Innovation. Additional support for this project has been provided by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Potrero Nuevo Fund, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the City of Richmond Art & Culture Commission.

The Bridge

NOV. 8, 2006 THROUGH FEB. 2007
The Bridge is a public art installation created by Shannon Flattery and a team of UC Berkeley students. Amidst a lush plantscape, visitors can listen to oral histories collected at Berkeley and in the city of Richmond. This work will become part of a larger installation opening in Richmond in Spring 2007.
Shannon Flattery is the 2006–2007 Artist-in-Residence at the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley and artistic director of Touchable Stories. Flattery is a multimedia artist and community activist who specializes in interactive, site-specific installations based on oral histories of marginalized communities. Since January, she has been exploring the communities and histories of Richmond, California, with a growing team of community members, local artists and activists, and UC Berkeley students and faculty.
The image of Richmond, California, is shaped mostly by press coverage of crime, gang activities, and drug dealing and to a lesser extent by that of plans to deal with problems and create opportunities from city hall and local community organizations. Other important topics are barely discussed. Also neglected are the ways culture is expressed in food, fashions, home décor, signs, and murals; and how the conditions inside public institutions such as Kennedy High School reinforce the regional inequalities of American cities. The Ford Foundation supported New York photographer and MacArthur Foundation fellow, Camilo José Vergara, to create a resource for re-visualizing the post-industrial city. The project lives at and features Richmond, CA, and Camden, NJ. At this symposium, Vergara presented his Richmond portfolio and others discuss the ways of seeing this place. A tour followed.
AUGUST 11, 2006
The Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) is an effort led by a group of nonprofits sponsored by the Ford Foundation to spur equitable development, or redevelopment that improves the lives of existing residents. As part of this project, CCI started conducting research on the conditions under which equitable development can work and diverse neighborhoods and residents can prosper. We are using the findings from this study to create development scenarios for Richmond, identifying “at-risk” areas for gentrification. Together with Urban Habitat and UCSC’s Center for Justice Tolerance and Community, we hosted a summit in August 2006, Equitable Development and Mixed-Income Communities: Understanding Best Practices and Scenarios, to inform REDI participants and other key actors about the best practices in creating equitable development and mixed-income communities. We looked first at mixed-income scenario building as a tool for regional equity and second at models of equitable development. We invited some of the key actors experienced in creating resident ownership mechanisms and equity-building opportunities – as well as their primary critics – to help us understand what works and where.