Focus on Urban Farming at UC Berkeley, SPUR

From UC Berkeley to the latest issue of SPUR’s magazine The Urbanist, urban farming and what it means to the design community are being explored and studied by students and professionals alike. Below is an excerpt from an article on Modern Farmer, which featured a recent studio project on urban bee farms at UC Berkeley. All images […]

New Report on Water Usage from Carpe Diem West

Carpe Diem West’s new report, New Visions, Smart Choices – Western Water Security in a Changing Climate, spotlights successful, sustainable and economically sensible steps ten communities throughout the West are taking to make sure they will have water in the decades to come. Below is the story from Carpe Diem West staff and director Kimery Wiltshire (pictured […]

Turnbull Winner Geeti Silwal Joins Panel on Water

One of the goals of the Turnbull Design Competition is to find inspiring and innovative research and make it available to policy-makers and designers who can put the theoretical into practice. We’re thrilled to see one recent winner bring her award-winning project to a vital conversation about water being held at AIASF. Geeti Silwal will be […]

USGBC Discusses "Where Water and Energy Meet"

ACEEE’s Rachel Young addresses the growing need to forge collaborations between water and energy providers in this recent blog article. First posted by USGBC-Northern California on February 14, 2013. Reprinted with permission from www.usgbc-ncc.org The President’s inauguration speech sparked renewed dialogue about the need for a comprehensive energy plan to address climate change. Recent decrease in lake levels in […]

Turnbull Winners Publish Photo Essay of Their Research

Turnbull award winners Gini Lee and Brooke Madill shared a photo essay of their research in the West, courtesy of Landscape Architecture Magazine.  Click here to page through.

Arid Lands Institute's Hadley Arnold looks back at Drylands Design

CAF was proud to partner with Arid Lands Institute on the 2012 Drylands Design Conference, which was held in March of last year and featured the research winners of CAF’s Turnbull Design Competition: Drylands Design. The conference continues to turn the attention of the design industry to water issues, most recently influencing the American Society […]

Sustainable Urban Design Conference

Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, recaps the 7th annual international Sustainable Urban Design conference held at Lund University in Sweden in September.  View or download the PDF report.

Gordon Chong Reflects on the Academy of Sciences

Gordon Chong, FAIA, FACHA, served as Executive Architect on the redesign of the California Academy of Sciences, and was the founder and chairperson of Chong Partners Architecture, now Stantec. Italy-based architect Renzo Piano sought a local partner who understood the intricacies of building in Golden Gate Park. Chong, who served as the national president of the […]

Follow Up on a Turnbull Winner, by Robert Lamb, AIA/AICP

2012 Turnbull Design Competition winner Robert Lamb, AIA AICP LEED AP, offers an update on his award winning research project, “Silver Lake Reservoir.”  One of the goals of this competition is to work toward turning visions into reality. This is one example. The 2012 ALI Drylands Design Conference, March 23, 2012, was a great opportunity to […]

Dryland Tactics, by Dr. Ila Berman

Dr. Ila Berman provides an overview of some of the critical ideas foregrounded in the conference and a potential set of directives through which to frame ongoing and future initiatives.  The Drylands Design Conference: Retrofitting the West: Adaptation by Design, a presentation by the Arid Lands Institute of Woodbury University in partnership with the California […]