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
Please Click Here to Register or call 510 464 3600


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.

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ProVen Building/Trachtenberg Architects

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.
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ProVen Building/Trachtenberg Architects

Tour Leader: David Trachtenberg, Trachtenberg Architects, Inc.

Learning Objectives

  1. Will gain insight into ‘Berkeley architectural tradition’ and the process of designing for Berkeley.
  2. Will learn about the oftentimes complex process of getting projects approved and built in Berkeley and the wider Bay Area.
  3. Will learn how the ever-changing urban fabric of West Berkeley is continuing to evolve through a tour of recent and future Trachtenberg projects.
  4. 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.

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