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Calendar | 2017

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Fri, Sep 29, 2017

OWA Annual Retreat

September 29 - October 1, 2017

Theme: Equity Resilience Power

The main program will be a workshop which will use techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed to explore the topic: Equity Resilience Power. Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by Brazilian Augusto Boal, is based on the work of Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire. As a teaching technique, Theatre of the Oppressed trains the audience to take action and explore critical thinking, analyzing current social issues. Our presenter, Elizabeth Gore, worked for a decade with Theater of the Oppressed groups in the U.S. and abroad. She trained directly with Theater of the Oppressed founder, Augusto Boal. Ms. Gore has a B.S. in Radio, Television and Film from Northwestern University (2003), an M.A. in Anthropology of Education from Stanford University (2007), and a M.A. in Teaching from Brown University (2008). After teaching drama at a high school in Richmond, CA, Ms. Gore will join the Industrial Areas Foundation as a community organizer.

View retreat details here

Wed, Oct 18, 2017
6:00 pm

The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race - Book Reading

Wed. Oct. 18 6-9pm by New Village Press the published arm of (ADPSR) Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility

Location: Impact Hub in Oakland


The pre-registration, which is free, says it cuts off by Oct. 3.

October Release - The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

New Village Press is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of our Fall lead title by social and environmental justice leader Carl Anthony -- Earth City Race cover The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race. This much-awaited work interweaves urban history and racial justice with the author's personal experiences as an African-American architect and environmentalist. Carl Anthony connects the logics behind slavery, community disinvestment, and environmental exploitation to address the most pressing issues
of our time.

If you want to understand why today's intersections between environment, race and class are so crucial, then this is the book to read. And if you want to learn how to make change, then it's the book to dog-ear and underline!
-- Bill McKibben

The book will launch at the Impact Hub in Oakland, California, Wednesday, October 18th and at The New School in New York, Wednesday, November 15th. Carl Anthony will also be presenting and signing books at additional events this fall including: California Vision 2020, Sacramento, 9/21; Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, 10/21; Green Apple Books, San Francisco, 11/7; 25th Anniversary of the Universe Story, Oakland, 11/9; and Bluestockings Bookstore, New York, 11/16.

Apparently California Vision 2020, Sacramento, 9/21 is a three day conference in Davis.

Tue, Nov 14, 2017
6:00 pm

Accessory Dwelling Units

The realtor and residential designer, Loni Gray, will speak about The Accessory Dwelling Law and collective living.
Architects will share their process of design, permitting and/or construction and pricing of a few ADU projects. Each Planning and Building Dept. has developed slightly different guidelines on how to implement the CA mandate for ADU's to be allowed in all jurisdictions that went into effect in Jan. 2017.

From real-life, local experience, a few Architects will share the extra steps these kinds of projects require before and after the new ADU regulations were mandated in all jurisdictions in CA.

The event will take place on Tuesday November 14, 6:00-8:00 PM at the Rockridge Library (5366 College Avenue, Oakland 94618).

As place-makers and creators of our dwellings, we have a direct impact on how well our communities fare. And as women, we can bring a unique eye, mind and heart to nurturing today's real families and their real needs.

* Can we come to the table without assumptions about how to house
people, and grow beyond the cultural assumption and expectations?
* Can we use the needs of today's families to drive new design?
* Is it time for a new American Dream of housing, and what might
that look like?
* How can we use existing laws and policy to advantage, and do
meaningful work?

Loni Gray will talk about her champion clients and what they've taught her about how they want to live. She will explain how she uses existing policy and works to create financing and acceptance for new housing forms. Loni began in the 80's redesigning and rehabbing small condemned homes. During the recession she transformed single family housing into collaborative living environments, while also advocating for better shared housing policy. Loni looks across many industries for solutions.

Sun, Dec 10, 2017

OWADP Holiday Party

Location: East Bay

Stay tuned for more details!

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