As San Francisco emerged as the hub of counterculture pilgrimage routes in the late-1960s, radical politics and social change galvanized design ideals in Berkeley. The East Bay became the site of bold experiments in graphic arts, environmental activism, handcraft pedagogy, and self-build technologies. Fast forward to 2011 and the creation of the local hub PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, a center linking our radical past to the resilient future, as it fosters many of the same ideals.
Greg Castillo and Sabrina Richard, the co-curators of Design Radicals: Berkeley in the '60s - an exhibition at UC Berkeley planned for the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement in the Fall of 2014 - will discuss artifacts and initiatives that document a decade of environmental design innovation. Design Radicals: Berkeley in the '60s establishes the historical significance of local experiments in design pedagogy and practice, and examines the legacy of design activism at CED and its relationship to Bay Area counterculture. They are joined by Jonathan Youtt, catalyst for the creation of the public-serving experiential learning center, PLACE, to bring us up to the present.
The talk will be hosted at Shaping San Francisco as part of an ongoing series of free public talks.