A Walk in the Park: Five Critical Concepts for Design of Urban Spaces to Maximize Social and Ecological Benefits

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Location: Bishop Floyd L. Begin Plaza, 2251 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

The renovation of Bishop Floyd L. Begin Plaza is one of the newest open-space contributions to Uptown Oakland. The plaza neighborhood has long served as a center of immigration into Oakland. Surrounded by the historic Greyhound bus station, social service support agencies, affordable family and senior housing, veteran’s services, offices, old and new residents, and within walking distance of downtown, the new plaza serves a truly diverse community. The site, originally designed as a forecourt to Oakland’s first Cathedral, became underutilized and abused for years after the Cathedral was declared un-salvageable due to structural damage from the 1989 earthquake.

Join principal designer and Allied Member, Peter Wolfe, landscape architect, on a tour and discussion of the newly renovated plaza.

About the Speaker:

Peter Wolfe, landscape architect and Allied Member, began his career over 30 years ago, after travels throughout North America and the world visiting great places. He received his MLA from Harvard Graduate School of Design. His current practice focuses on placemaking and sustainable environments for private, public, and institutional clients throughout the Bay Area.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program participants will…

  1. Be able to identify at least three crime prevention techniques through environmental design.
  2. List at least three effective public outreach methodologies.
  3. Learn features, materials and finish selections for difficult sites.
  4. Be able to identify landscapes for pollinators and learn about beneficial insects.

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