Newsletter | Nov/Dec 2015
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Lutah Marie Riggs Film - Wendy Bertrand
Comments of the Editor - Lucia Bogatay, December, 2015
City Slicker Farms' West Oakland Farm and Park Slated to Open in March - Rebecca Friedberg
Lucia Travels to the Czech Republic - Lucia Bogatay
Grabstejn and the Hotel on Ještěd Mountain - Lucia Bogatay
The Hospital of Kuks - Lucia Bogatay
The Benes Villa at Seimovo Usti - Lucia Bogatay
Lutah Marie Riggs Filmby Wendy Bertrand | Share #1116
Please note that on Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 from 10-12:30am we will screen the film about Lutah Marie Riggs Film (2014) and have some discussion.
Architect Lutah Marie Riggs, (1896-1984), was educated at UC Berkeley and practiced in Santa Barbara. This is an award winning 65 minute film called "A Passion for Architecture: A Life of Design" by the Lutah Marie Riggs Society http://Lutah.org.
Mui Ho and the late OWA member Nancy Florence visited Ms. Riggs in 1982. Mui will start the discussion that will continue into our concerns about architecture today.
Location: 1605 Arch Street Berkeley off Cedar Street.
Fresh fruit, scones and morning buns from the Cheese Board will be available with coffee or tea.
RSVP Wendy Bertrand
Comments of the Editorby Lucia Bogatay, December, 2015 | Share #1102
Thanks to my contributors, I will not be writing all of this issue myself. My pleas for copy have been answered. Nevertheless, I have just returned from a long interesting vacation in Europe which has provided plenty of topics of possible interest. Although they will read a bit like a travelogue, or “what I did on my vacation,” there are some things among them which I hope will be of interest to members.
City Slicker Farms' West Oakland Farm and Park Slated to Open in Marchby Rebecca Friedberg | Share #1107
City Slicker Farms, a pioneer of food-producing gardens in Oakland’s low-income communities, is wrapping up construction on a new permanent farm and park for West Oakland. A milestone for food justice and land ownership in a challenged community, the long-awaited project will turn 1.4 acres of formerly industrial property into a thriving green space and working farm for the neighborhood.
City Slicker Farms owns the land where the farm and park are sited. Located in the heart of West Oakland at 28th and Peralta Streets, this will be City Slicker Farms’ largest farm site, doubling the organization’s capacity to distribute food and educate community members about urban farming and gardening.
“A new urban farm and public park is a huge benefit for the West Oakland community,” said Ariel Dekovic, Interim Executive Director of City Slicker Farms. “We have secured this land to ensure that it will benefit the community in perpetuity. We have designed and developed a public park and educational farm that will welcome all. Starting today, any West Oakland resident who wants fresh, healthy food or wants to learn how to grow it will be able to do that in the heart of our city.”
The design process was highly collaborative. Lowney Architecture and CMG Landscape Architecture worked closely with City Slicker Farms staff on the design. Furthermore, several community meetings encouraged the local community's involvement in the design process. This ensured that their needs would be met and that they would have a strong sense of ownership of the project when complete.
Lucia Travels to the Czech Republicby Lucia Bogatay | Share #1103
The day following the OWA Annual Meeting, which was held in my living room on October 20, I leave for Europe, where my vacation begins with a ten days’ visit in with friends in Kralupy na Vlatava, (“Kralupy on the river Vlatava,” known as the Moldow in German) a small town Northwest of Prague.
Grabstejn and the Hotel on Ještěd Mountainby Lucia Bogatay | Share #1096
The Hospital of Kuksby Lucia Bogatay | Share #1089
The Benes Villa at Seimovo Ustiby Lucia Bogatay | Share #1111
Lenka’s charming older son Marek, who is 20 years older than his half-brother Edu, works for the Czech President’s office in public relations. He has planned two visits for us to two publicly-owned Presidential villas which are sometimes open to the public. On special days when the public is allowed to visit them, Marek has made us reservations to get in early due to his privileged status, helping us to avoid the crowds.
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