Design Tour: West Berkeley’s Urban Fabric
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Meeting Point: Trachtenberg Architects, 2421 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Price: $5 for AIA members and Employees of Chapter Member Firms / $10 for Non-Members
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The Fourth Street corridor of West Berkeley is a fascinating study of urban fabric. From beloved, historic businesses to elaborate, new mixed-use buildings and from difficult moments created by highway overcrossings to delightful pocket gardens and sculptures—West Berkeley has a character all of its own.
Local architect David Trachtenberg shares the process of designing for West Berkeley through a tour of recent and future projects. All are encouraged to gather after the tour at Brennan’s Restaurant for a group lunch.
On this tour we’ll be looking at the elaborate new mixed-used Read Building and the in-development ProVen Building, an ink factory soon to be transformed into office space and a private art gallery.
- “Endless Canvass” aka The ProVen Building, 1350 4th Street, Berkeley, CA. The ProVen is will be an adaptive re-use of an existing ink factory into offices and a private art gallery. This project is currently in the design stage with limited access to the interior, however the exterior is fascinating and a site for ‘Endless Canvass’ – a magnet for Bay Area graffiti artists.
- The Read Building, 2025 4th Street, Berkeley, CA. The Read is a new mixed use building containing business and philanthropic offices for the Read Family, their private car museum, other retail and the Sierra Nevada Torpedo tasting room.
Tour Leader: David Trachtenberg, Trachtenberg Architects, Inc.
- Will gain insight into ‘Berkeley architectural tradition’ and the process of designing for Berkeley.
- Will learn about the oftentimes complex process of getting projects approved and built in Berkeley and the wider Bay Area.
- Will learn how the ever-changing urban fabric of West Berkeley is continuing to evolve through a tour of recent and future Trachtenberg projects.
- Will learn about ‘Endless Canvass’ and how street graffiti art has helped to bring a unique experience to the vacant or derelict buildings of Berkeley’s urban landscape.