The W.O.W. Factor (West Oakland Walk)

A Regional Urban Design Forum

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Free and open to all.
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland


West Oakland Walk: An urban-connectivity concept brought together by architects Philip Banta and Norman Hooks, AIA links together 23 different parks and 30 different publicly accessible facilities across a 4.5 mile loop of existing city streets.

The West Oakland Walk seeks to implement various improvements across its length that redefine Oakland in terms of its parks, places and people.  The goal is to establish a platform for overlapping circuits related to: health, education, performing and plastic arts presentation, job creation and employment opportunities, housing support, gardens, food and athletics that serve the downtown and West Oakland communities. Altogether these categories are focused to provide a “circuit of opportunity” for the next generation. The W.O.W. will also serve to re-unite the two halves of Central and West Oakland that were divided from one another by Interstate 980.

One of the chief advantages of the West Oakland Walk is that it requires no acquisition of property by eminent domain as every square foot of land for the improvements is already publicly owned. In addition the improvements can take place iteratively or all at once depending on the success of the fund-raising campaigns.

Please join us December 14, 2016 to learn more about the project.

About the Presenters:

Philip Banta of Emeryville-based firm, BantaDESIGN, has provided design services over the last three decades for multi-family housing, large scale commercial, tenant improvements, and institutional projects throughout the Bay Area. He is currently serving on the Emeryville Planning Commission and is active with the coastal community of Stinson Beach where he lives with his wife and four children.

Norman Hooks, AIA has three decades of experience as an architect starting out with the ELS Architecture and Urban Design, then Michael Willis Architects, and finally through his own firm: Norman Hooks Architect and as a collaborating principal with BantaDESIGN. He is currently president of WOCA, the West Oakland Commerce Association and Oakland has been his home for the last 20 years.

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