Newsletter | May/Jun 2016
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|In this issue:
Get to Know a Member in 5 Questions - Leslie Golden
Galen Cranz talks about Ethnography for Designers - Naomi Horowitz
Programs - Carol Mancke and Rebecca Friedberg
Steering Committee Meeting Highlights - Cynthia Bathgate
The Underground Architect Who Saved Paris - Jackie Morgan
Get to Know a Member in 5 Questionsby Leslie Golden | Share #1133
Galen Cranz talks about Ethnography for Designersby Naomi Horowitz | Share #1132
Programsby Carol Mancke and Rebecca Friedberg | Share #1135
July 12 SFO Tour
The women’s group at the Design+Construction division of San Francisco International Airport invites OWA+DP for a program about their vision for the airport and how they make it happen through design standards and collaborative team work. The program will start with a tour of one of the recently renovated terminals at 6:00 pm, continue with a visit to the ‘big room’ where a team of contractors, architects and engineers are working together on two new projects for Terminal 1, and finish with networking and refreshments provided by one of the airport’s many excellent food concessions. Please be on the lookout for an email invitation very soon!
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: Meet at 5:45 for 6:00 pm start
Meeting place: SFO Terminal 2 (exact meeting point TBD)
July 24 Picnic at City Slicker Farms
Please join us for a casual potluck picnic at the newly-opened City Slicker Farms' West Oakland Farm-Park. We will gather around noon on the grassy lawn to socialize and enjoy the sunshine. At 1:00 pm we will take an informal tour around the park to view the farm area and community garden. Partners and kids are welcome!
OWA+DP will provide ice, paper plates, cups and utensils. Please bring drinks and food to share.
City Slicker Farms organizes low-income children, youth and adults in West Oakland and across Alameda County to grow, distribute and eat more healthy, fresh produce.
This event is free, but please let us know if you’re coming by registering at Eventbrite. If you would like to make a donation, it will be passed directly to City Slicker Farms. You can even make a donation if you can't attend! To make a direct donation to CSF click here.
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Meeting Place: West Oakland Farm Park - Peralta Street between Hannah and Helen, Oakland, CA 94608
Steering Committee Meeting Highlightsby Cynthia Bathgate | Share #1134
Highlights of our June 12th Meeting include:
- The Steering Committee continued their discussion on visioning retreat tasks. Operations Action Champion Allison Kinst also attended the meeting and drafted up proposals for both Steering Committee operations, and a new transition meeting format.
- A central theme to the meeting was how to keep the general member base connected with Steering Committee operations and each other.
- All tasks will follow quarterly goals and will be posted in a visioning retreat folder. Some action champions will need to form a subcommittee to complete their tasks. Contact the steering committee if you would like to get more involved.
- New event: City Slickers Farm Tour & Picnic. Sunday, July 24th. 12 - 3 pm.
- We would like to hold at least two casual meet-ups this year. These casual meet-ups will consist of dinner & a topic of discussion. We are currently seeking volunteers to hold the event at their house. Please contact the program coordinators if you would like to host.
Current members who log into the OWA+DP website can see full minutes of Steering Committee meetings here.
The Underground Architect Who Saved Parisby Jackie Morgan | Share #1136
While reading a book about Paris, I came across the name of an architect I had never heard of: Charles Axel Guillaumot, a French architect who studied in Italy and at twenty won the Prix de Rome. He had a talent for repairing other architect’s shoddy work, which brought him unsatisfying commissions, and he struggled to make a name for himself. Finally, in 1777, when he was in his forties, he was appointed by King Louis XVI to be inspector of quarries.
On his first day on the job, a large section of Paris collapsed into a large hole. The Gauls and the Romans had dug their building stone from quarries near the Seine. As Paris spread, they used as much stone as they could to build the city, leaving just enough (or not quite enough) to support the buildings above.
While the king’s ministers complained about the expense of Versailles, Guillaumot was constructing and repairing the largest architectural project in all of Europe and no one tried to reduce his budget. The whole underworld of more than 180 miles of tunnels was mapped. A mile long section of a Roman aqueduct was repaired. Guillaumot had all nine centuries of graveyards - with approximately 6 million corpses - transported to an ossuary he had built underground to solve overcrowding in the city’s cemeteries. There were walls of bones, friezes of skulls and other ornamental arrangement of bones. Today, visitors to Paris can visit more than a mile of the ossuary tunnel.
Guillaumot was imprisoned for two years during the French revolution but continued his work until his death in 1807. Similar collapses continued in later years. For example, in 1879 three houses separated from the rest of their block and disappeared. Such incidents are comparatively rare now, with only about 10 small sinkholes appearing every year. However, the tunnels have had a lasting effect on the form of the city: due to the extensive underground tunnels, Paris has been unable to have the vertical urban growth seen in other modern cities.
For more on this subject, see Parisians, An Adventure History of Paris, by Graham Robb (W.W. Norton & Co., reprinted 2011)
Galen Cranz gave a keynote address "Renaturalizing the City" to the joint conference of the European Association for Architectural Education and the Architectural Research Centers Consortium on June 16, 2016, in Lisbon, Portugal. Her only previous visit to Lisbon was in 2005 on a return from the Cape Verde Islands to Italy when the connecting flight was delayed about a half day. A woman kindly invited Galen to her family's apartment to sleep for 4 hours, which she did, so she hadn't really seen Lisbon before, and told us that this time she was looking forward to visiting the city and its Roman ruins, and experiencing Siza's work.
Welcome New Members
We welcome the following members who recently joined OWA+DP:
We hope you will get involved, come to events, and get to know your fellow members.
We also thank everyone who has renewed their membership in the last two months.