• Kristy Alfieri

    Kristy Alfieri

    Rising Tide Panel: Mobility

    Kristy Alfieri is an educator who began her studies at UC Berkeley. She received a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Multicultural Literature in 1997. After graduating, she worked in Oakland Unified School District for five years as a teacher and served on literacy team designed to help at risk students reading below grade level.

    Kristy began her career in youth development in Americorps in 1996, where she developed a juvenile runaway task force to develop strategic partnerships between the Seattle Police Department and Community Service Providers. She developed training materials, resource guides and facilitated workshops for Community Service Officers.

    In 2001, Kristy served as the Youth Director at the Red Cross and developed youth community service projects, such as: bilingual youth preparedness presentations, youth initiated fundraisers, preparing safety kits for home and schools. She developed yearly Leadership Development Centers, which focused on youth empowerment and service learning training. She trained over 3,000 middle and high school students in Alameda County in HIV/AIDS prevention and education, 6,000 elementary, middle and high school students in Alameda County in disaster preparedness and CPR/First Aid. She also facilitated training 50 youth peer educators in disaster preparedness and HIV/AIDS education.

    As the Youth and Community Director of The Crucible, Kristy has developed, planned, and coordinated youth programs for over 7,000 youth in fine and industrial arts education. She leads the on-going development, articulation, and implementation of a strategic plan for all Youth and Community programs. As principal spokesperson for the department, Kristy articulates the Crucible’s educational philosophy and participates in institutional strategic planning, goal setting and on-going evaluation. This dynamic and thriving program anticipates serving 3,500 youth in 2009. She has organized youth and community outreach programs, which have been highlighted by KTOP, KGO, Fast Forward Magazine and Alameda County Office of Education. Under her direction, over 2,500 youth were served in local community initiatives, such as Bike Fix A Thons and Earn A Bike Program.

  • Amy Balkin

    Amy Balkin

    Rising Tide Panel: Futures

    Amy Balkin’s projects consider how we occupy the social and material landscapes we inhabit. Her projects include Public Smog, This is the Public Domain, and Invisible-5. Public Smog (2004+) is a public park in the atmosphere that fluctuates in location and scale, constructed through a series of economic and political activities and gestures. This is the Public Domain (2001+) is an ongoing effort to create a permanent international commons, free to all in perpetuity, through the legal transfer of 2.634 acres of land purchased for this effort, to the global public.

    Invisible-5 (2006) is a self-guided environmental justice audio tour of California’s Interstate-5 highway corridor, made in collaboration with artists Tim Halbur and Kim Stringfellow, and organizations Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, and Pond. The project investigates the stories of people and communities fighting for environmental justice along the I-5, through oral histories, field recordings, found sound, recorded music, and archival audio documents. The project also traces natural, social, and economic histories along the route.

    Her recent works include the video Reading ‘Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers’ (2008), and Sell Us Your Liberty, Or We’ll Subcontract Your Death (2008), a series of large-format rubbings of architectural signage of San Francisco-area entities implicated in activities including illegal domestic surveillance and the local, everyday production of war.

    She has received grants from the Creative Work Fund and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. She lives in San Francisco.

  • Banny Bannerjee

    Banny Bannerjee

    Rising Tide Panel: Material/Culture Sustainability

    Banny is the Director of the Stanford Design Program, which has contributed heavily in shaping the design field through its unique approach to human centered innovation.

    Banny is interested in realizing the design field's potential in catalyzing systemic change. As design begins to grapple with increasingly complex problems, at the Stanford Design Program, he is working on developing radically new processes in which design thinking can be leveraged. His focus is to develop transdisciplinary processes to bring about rapid change and large-scale impact. He is the founder of the “Design for Change Lab” to address issues of sustainability, technology futures, and the dynamics of rapid change. Currently he is working with faculty from behavioral sciences, social economics, systems analysis, management science, engineering, and art to generate new platforms for design thinking.

  • Ila Berman and Mona El Khafif

    Ila Berman and Mona El Khafif

    Rising Tide Panel: Remaking/Reconceiving

    The URBANbuild program was launched to be a unique multi-scaled laboratory for city research as well as a vehicle to generate innovative design strategies and site-specific interventions to aid in the revitalization and future urban development of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The program primarily focused its investigations on culturally significant neighborhoods central to the core of the city that had been severely damaged, not only by the storm, but also by a long history of neglect and urban decay. One of the critical intentions of the program was to tactically operate across a wide range of distinct scales: from the macro-scale of the city and its constituent districts and neighborhoods, to the mezzo- and micro-scales of individuated buildings acting as architectural components inserted within the urban field. The term “URBANbuild” signifies the compression of this broad spectrum, referring to a progression that spans from urban design to design build, and the range of disciplinary areas and differently scaled studios that comprised this program. As an integral component of URBANbuild, faculty and students designed housing prototypes for each of the study neighborhoods and constructed one prototype house in partnership with community non-profit agencies that specialize in affordable housing and neighborhood redevelopment.

    Ila Berman, founder and former Director of URBANbuild, and Mona El Khafif, Professor of Urban Design, are currently publishing a book on the documentation of the program. Ila Berman is currently the Director of Architecture at CCA and Mona El Khafif is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and the Project Coordinator of CCA/URBANlab.

  • Sam Bower

    Sam Bower

    Rising Tide Panel: Eco-Aesthetics

    Sam Bower is the founding Executive Director of greenmuseum.org, an online museum of environmental art, launched in 2001. Prior to this, Sam created environmental art for 8 years as part of a San Francisco Bay Area collaborative art group known as Meadowsweet Dairy. He helped found Cellspace, a non-profit community art space in San Francisco, and Co-Directed Crucible Steel Gallery. Sam has worked as a solo artist, puppeteer, web designer, in advertising, events planning and the environmental non-profit sector in the United States and in Ecuador. He has worked as an independent curator and consultant and served on the Board and Advisory Board of various art and environment-related nonprofits and art projects.

    In 2009, greenmuseum.org will be collaborating with Hibrids 2.0, a Spanish nonprofit based in Barcelona, to bring additional language capacity to our website redesign and develop new international opportunities and resources for artists and curators. As this field grows and evolves, the arts and public infrastructure required to support this work needs to evolve with it. What would a sustainable culture look like? What would it need to flourish?

  • David Buckland

    David Buckland

    Rising Tide: Friday Morning Keynote

    David Buckland is a designer, artist and film-maker whose lens-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris and New York and collected by the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Getty Collection, Los Angeles amongst others. Five books of his photographs have been published including works on the Trojan Wars and The Last Judgment featuring the sculptures of Sir Anthony Caro, and two monographs of his own work. He has designed over 20 stage sets, as well as costumes, for The Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Second Stride, Compagnie Cré-Ange and Siobhan Davies Dance Company. His short film for the Dance for the Camera season Dwell Time was broadcast on BBC1 in January 1996. __

    In 1999 Buckland presented a one-man show of digitally mastered portraits of performers at London's National Portrait Gallery, which attracted over 100,000 visitors. Three new commissions, all in the USA, from MasterCard, Vanguard Insurance and Royal Caribbean have just been completed. Each entailed huge digital constructions on glass for the new atriums of each company. _Buckland’s work was shown at the UN Exhibition for World Environment Day, an exhibition which toured worldwide.

    Since 2000 Buckland has created and now directs the Cape Farewell project, whose ambition is to bring artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change. They have sailed on seven successful expeditions into the High Arctic aboard the schooner Noorderlicht. The results of the expeditions have led to a range of outcomes, including a major exhibition, the publication of the book ‘Burning Ice: Art & Climate Change’, a BBC broadcast of the film ‘Art from the Arctic.’ The exhibition ‘Art & Climate Change’ was first shown at the Natural History Museum (London, 2006) then Kampnagel (Hamburg, 2007), Fundación Canal (Madrid, 2008) and the Mirakain (Tokyo, 2008).

    Buckland continues to make and exhibit artworks. In 2007 he projected onto the Gehry stage, Millennium Park Chicago an hour-long video work ‘Arctic’ made in collaboration with the sound artist Max Eastley.

  • Joyce Burstein

    Joyce Burstein

    Rising Tide Panel: Futures

    Joyce Burstein has been exploring a self-created context for public art with “the epitaph project”, an interactive sculpture that functions as both tombstone and chalkboard permanently sited in cemeteries upon which epitaphs are collected from passersby, facilitating a dialogical situation where viewer statements provide the content which refers back on those who view. The subtext has been a convivial methodology for subverting taboo and introducing people to a public parkland that goes virtually unused.

    While her gallery installations explore impermanence her social sited projects attempt to contravene associations of the monument with death and history by presenting works that interact with the present. In this way all spectators are also performers, the work exists as process and object, both public and private.

    Burstein received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is a recipient of grants/fellowships from Art Matters, The Institute of Noetic Science, NYFA, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Transart Experimental Workshop for Art and Anthropology, she lives and works in New York City.

  • David Buuck

    David Buuck

    Rising Tide Panel: Eco-Aesthetics

    BARGE — The Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics — was started by David Buuck in 2003. BARGE has organized several (de)tours around the Bay Area, investigating regional sites & spaces that are underrepresented & overlooked in more conventional touristic, commercial, & socio-political notions of place & public space. BARGE investigates how vernacular landscapes — from highways & billboards to waterfronts & public utilities, from industrial lots & server farms to military bases & surveillance zones — are constructed & inhabited, while also exploring the ways in which engaged psychogeography can provide new modes of counter-tourism & activism. BARGE's "17 Reasons Why" opens at Mission17 Gallery in late April. David Buuck teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute & the Language & Thinking Program at Bard College, and is a contributing editor at Artweek. His book THE SHUNT is forthcoming from Palm Press. [BARGE News & Notes]

  • Andy Cox and Amy Berk

    Andy Cox and Amy Berk

    Rising Tide Panel: Green Capitalism

    Andy Cox is an artist and environmental engineer. He founded the guerrilla art group Together We Can Defeat Capitalism whose projects have included billboards, bus shelter posters, BART platform screens and electronic traffic signs. The campaign lives online at twcdc.com and at sites such as whitneybiennial.org. Andy’s current project is the anti-capitalization of a 1985 Mercedes 300TD which runs on waste vegetable oil. He is gradually morphing this vehicle “Das Vegetal” into a Marxist stock car which he plans to race at the Infineon Raceway. Andy works as a senior engineer at AMEC Geomatrix where he’s involved with groundwater and soil cleanup and sustainability. Recent projects include design of systems to remediate a formal petroleum terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, and investigations relating to contamination caused by a major chemical plant in Kentucky. In his various activities Andy continually tests the boundaries between art, engineering, and life.

    Amy Berk uses an arte-povera mixture of minimalism and pop to address issues of feminism, the natural vs. the synthetic, the organic, and the sublime. Her work attempts to reveal and question structures of power (both in the "real" world and in the art world), break down these structures, and hopefully inspire individuals to engage in their own micro-politics. She was the co-founder/co-director of the innovative Meridian Interns Program and currently teaches in the Center for Contemporary Practice at the San Francisco Art Institute, and in the Studio Arts Certificate Program at University of California Berkeley Extension. She co-publishes stretcher.org, a site for art and culture, and collaborates on public interventions with Together We Can Defeat Capitalism.

  • Robert Dawson

    Robert Dawson

    Rising Tide Panel: Oceans/Water/Rivers Roundtable

    Robert Dawson has long been interested in how photography can be used to understand our relationship with the environment. He is also interested in photography’s ability to shape public awareness and understanding of the place we call home. Mr. Dawson was born in Sacramento, California in 1950. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1972 and his M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1979. Dawson served as a member of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Camerawork and later of the Friends of Photography. He is a founding member and continues to serve on the Board of PhotoAlliance. He has been an Instructor of Photography at San Jose State University since 1986 and is now an Instructor of Photography at Stanford University since 1996.

  • Ross Evans

    Ross Evans

    Rising Tide Panel: Mobility

    Ross Evans is the Founder and President of Xtracycle. At the age of 19, while working on his thesis he travelled to work with a group of war-disabled men in Managua. He brought a welder and bike tools and set out in pursuit of a simple, cargo-carrying bicycle solution. What began in 1995 grew up to become Worldbike and Xtracycle. Over time, he discovered how to enable a beautiful machine (the bicycle) to meet more needs and desires than it ever had before. He is an engineer (BS Engineering/Product Design, Stanford University), designer, inventor, humanitarian, yogi, and photographer. ID Magazine declared him one of the 40 most notable socially responsible designers in the world in 2000. An innovator by nature, Ross invented the Super Fort, which was named Parenting Magazine's "Toy of the Year 2005". A display of his work for Worldbike is featured in the Smithsonian as a part of the Design For The Other 90% exhibition. Presenting at TED 2009 he rode a Radish out on stage to perform rodeo roping tricks. Curious and catalytic, he designed medical devices for interventional cardiology and cataract surgical tools for Nepal. He founded Willow Springs, a rural incubator for art, farming, community and business, and the former home of Xtracycle. Ross aspires to inspire others to "do what we love to make a positive difference". He calls it "holishift".

  • Amy Franceschini

    Amy Franceschini

    Rising Tide Panel: Remaking/Reconceiving

    Amy is a pollinator working in various media trying to understand the cultural perception of conflict between humans and nature. Her projects encourage new formats of engagement and production. Often taking form as long-term engagements with the public, her projects reveal ways that local politics are affected by globalization. Amy founded Futurefarmers in 1995, and Free Soil in 2004. Her solo and collaborative work have been included in exhibitions internationally including ZKM, Whitney Museum, the New York Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She received her BFA from San Francisco State University and her MFA from Stanford University. She is currently a professor of Art + Architecture at University of San Francisco and a visiting artist at California College of the Arts. She is the recipient of the Artadia, Cultural Innovation, Eureka Fellowship, Creative Capital and SFMOMA SECA Awards.

  • Big and Green: toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century

    David Gissen

    Rising Tide Panel: Backstory

    David Gissen is a historian and theorist of architecture and urbanism. He is assistant professor of architecture and visual studies and coordinator of the history/theory curriculum for architecture at the California College of the Arts. His recent work specifically focuses on developing a novel concept of nature in architectural thought and the parameters for an experimental form of practice in architectural history.

    David is the author of the forthcoming book Minor Nature: Architecture and its Immanent Environments (Princeton Architectural Press); editor of a forthcoming issue of AD Magazine “Territory”; and editor of the book Big and Green (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003). His essays are included in journals and books such as Log (Anycorp), Cabinet Magazine, Volume, Constructs (Yale), The Journal of Architecture (UK), The Journal of Architectural Education, Grey Room, AA Files (forthcoming) Models and Drawings (Routledge) and Writing Urbanism (Routledge). His curatorial work has been staged at galleries including the National Building Museum, Yale Architecture Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art and The Museum of the City of New York. Design work includes installations, architectural/technical experiments and speculations for institutional and municipal organizations.

    He is the recipient of two Graham Foundation grants, the Richard J. Carroll Lectureship from Johns Hopkins University, and the Chalsty Award at CCA.

    He studied architecture at the University of Virginia, Columbia University, Yale University, and recently completed a PhD at the University of London under the direction of Matthew Gandy and Adrian Forty.

  • Lynda Grose

    Lynda Grose

    Rising Tide Panel: Material/Culture Sustainability

    Lynda Grose has worked in the fashion industry for 25 years. For most of her career, she has been actively engaged in designing and researching socially and environmentally advanced clothing and textiles.

    After receiving an honors degree in Fashion Design from Kingston University in London in 1981, Lynda began working as a fashion designer in London and then New York. She started to merge her artistic and commercial skills with a concern for the environment in 1990 when she co-founded Esprit’s Ecollection, a five-year research and development project which combined research by ecologists with industry practice and helped establish pioneering environmental standards for the clothing industry. Now an independent designer, consultant and educator, Lynda works with clients ranging from artisans and farmers to non-profits and clothing companies. These include The Sustainable Cotton Project, Aid to Artisans, Gap Inc, Market Place India, Patagonia, Green Peace, 13-mile Farm, and Shayan Craft Center. She is associate professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she developed curricula for Sustainable Fashion Design in 1999. She is currently co-authoring a book with DR. Kate Fletcher through Laurence King Publishing Co., UK, titled Sustainable Fashion Design Incubator. In 2007, London Financial Times identified Lynda as one of it’s ‘green power brokers’. Lynda sees environmental and social issues as a starting point for innovation and design as a service to help give form to a sustainable society.

  • Glen Helfand

    Glen Helfand

    Rising Tide Panel: Eco-Aesthetics

    Glen Helfand is a freelance writer, critic, curator and teacher. His writing on art, culture, design and technology, often concentrating on works by Bay Area artists, has appeared in Artforum, Art on Paper, Salon, SFGate, Wired, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and many other publications. He's a co-founder of the Bay Area-based arts website, stretcher.org and has curated exhibitions for the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, the San Jose Museum of Art and numerous alternative and commercial gallery spaces. He has taught lecture and seminar courses on contemporary art at SFAI, San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts, and Mills College. He was a 2003 Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin.

  • Nancy Hernandez

    Nancy Hernandez

    Rising Tide Panel: Mobility

    Nancy Hernandez is a 29-year-old Bay Area Native who has spent half of her life as part of a grassroots movement for social justice and youth empowerment. Since the age of 15 she has been a leader in the Xicana student movement for educational equity and immigrant rights. Her activism instilled Ethnic Studies classes at her high school and several across the Bay Area and helped her to develop a powerful voice to become a lifelong advocate.

    She helped establish the Multi Cultural Center at City College of San Francisco where she helped to develop a Peer Mentoring Program; Students Supporting Students, which continues to recruit and support underrepresented students to transfer to 4-year universities. While in community college she helped organize campaigns for racial equality and educational access and plans to return there as a professor one day.

    After attending SFSU, and majoring in Raza Studies, she worked with HOMEY (Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth) and youth of the Mission District in San Francisco to confront the root causes of gang violence in the Chicano community. Through education, art, silk screening, entrepreneurship, job access, cultural and spiritual connections, HOMEY provides at-risk youth with the tools to change their dedication to the street into a real dedication to serve the community. She coordinated a mural project on 24th and Capp St. that gained international support, which you can learn more about by visiting www.homeysf.org.

    Nancy is now in her 3rd year of teaching high school at June Jordan Small School for Social Equity. Her classes, “Muralism in Movements” and “Urban Art for Social Change” study the historic contribution of artists to progressive movements and learn to utilize art as a way to find and project their own voices. Students have created artwork addressing issues of war, community violence, the prison industry, environmental racism, educational funding, ethnic studies, juvenile justice, and demanding a stop to the I.C.E. raids and the implementation of just immigration policies.

    Nancy is currently on the Board of HOMEY and they are currently working on a project entitled "Green My Ride" which will convert a series of old school cars into bio-diesel lowriders. The project is mobilizing youth from neighborhoods in conflict and affected by poverty and neglect to work together on the restoration and conversion of gas-gusseling classic cars into environmentally sustainable outreach-mobiles for the movement!

  • Sheila Kennedy

    Sheila Kennedy

    Rising Tide: Saturday Evening Keynote

    Professor of Architecture, MIT
    Director of Design & Applied Research: KVA MATx

    Sheila Kennedy is a founding Principal of KVA MATx, an interdisciplinary design practice that explores relationships between architecture, technology and emerging public needs.

    Kennedy creates design concepts, products and building projects that integrate a new class of sustainable and energy harvesting materials in architecture, textiles and building materials.

    KVA MATx has developed new technology applications for Dupont, Siemens, Osram, Herman Miller, Saint-Gobain, The North Face and the United States Department of Energy, winning the Chicago Athenaeum's prestigious Good Design Award and the Grand Prize for Building Innovation Award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2007. The MATx Portable Light Project, a non-profit global clean energy initiative for the developing world, has been recognized with a 2009 Congressional Award and a 2008 Tech Museum Award for clean energy technology that benefits humanity. Kennedy was selected in 2008 as one of Fast Company's Masters of Design - insightful and original thinkers 'who are designing new ways of working, competing, learning, leading and innovating - the high-impact innovators and creators who are defining what design means today'. KVA MATx work has been exhibited at the National Design Museum, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the TED Conference in California and was featured in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 2008 exhibition on breakthrough designs for new technologies, "Design & the Elastic Mind". Kennedy lectures widely and her work has been featured in journals of architecture, design culture, anthropology and optoelectronics, as well as National Public Radio, United Nations Radio, BBC World News, Wired, Science News, CNN Principal Voices, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and The New York Times.

  • Katie Kurtz

    Katie Kurtz

    Rising Tide Panel: Backstory

    Katie Kurtz is a 2007 graduate of CCA’s Visual & Critical Studies program. Her thesis, "Global Warming is Hot: Branding 'green' in the age of climate change," explored how the recent marketing-driven “green” is severed from the radical, ideological roots of the early green movement and is more invested in "better" consumerism than environmentalism. She has written extensively about visual art for publications such as the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Stranger (Seattle), Art Papers, and CMYK, among others. This August, Katie will give a public presentation at Headlands Center for the Arts on what she is calling “visual eco-criticism,” a methodology to perform an ethical reading of both environmental and non-environmental art in the age of climate change. Katie is currently a development officer with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating the next generation of environmental stewards.

  • Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang

    Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang

    Rising Tide Panel: Oceans/Water/Rivers Roundtable
    Exhibition: Disposable Truths

    Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang, a collaborative team, combine their love of nature with their interest in science to produce an on-going series of art works about the oceans and the environment. While the content of their work has a message about the spoiling of the natural world by the industrial world, their final intent is aesthetic and celebratory. Since 1999 they have been collecting beach plastic from Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore then shaping it into artworks and installations.

    From that one beach they have collected almost 2 tons of plastic, which has washed ashore from as far away as Asia and as close to home as the San Francisco Bay.

    Judith Selby Lang is an artist whose work touches upon some of the key issues of our time, from environmental issues to political activism. For many years, she has been active teaching art to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, offering them a means of creative self-expression when words and memory have begun to fail.

    Richard Lang is President of Electric Works, gallery, store and fine art printmaking studio located in San Francisco’s SOMA district. He is a poet, short story writer, painter, printmaker and is sometimes seen performing poetry as The Poetry Jukebox.

  • John Jota Leanos

    John Jota Leaños

    Rising Tide Panel: Mobility

    John Jota Leaños is a social art practitioner who utilizes all and any media to engage in diverse cultural arenas through strategic revealing, tactical disruption, and symbolic wagon burning, His practice includes a range of new media, public art, installation, and performance focusing on the convergence of memory, social space and decolonization. Originally from Pomona, California he identifies as part of the mainly hybrid tribe of Mexitaliano Xicangringo Güeros called “Los Mixtupos” (mixt-up-oz).

  • Sheila Lintott

    Sheila Lintott

    Rising Tide Panel: Eco-Aesthetics

    Sheila Lintott is assistant professor of philosophy at Bucknell University. She is especially interested in issues at the intersection of aesthetics and ethics in environmental and feminist philosophy. She is co-editor (with Allen Carlson) of Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty which addresses the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation and environmental issues and emphasizes the valuable contribution that environmental aesthetics can make to environmentalism. Sheila has published widely in journals such as Environmental Ethics, Hypatia, the British Journal of Aesthetics, the Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Ethics, Place, and the Environment, as well as numerous book chapters.

  • Alberto Mellado Moreno

    Alberto Mellado Moreno

    Rising Tide Panel: Oceans/Water/Rivers Roundtable

    Alberto Mellado Moreno, 23, a member of the Comcaac Nation, was born in Sonora, Mexico, and raised in Chiapas, Puebla and Oaxaca, is an aquaculture engineer specializing in the management of commercial fisheries in Mexico's Bahia de Kino, and directs a sustainable indigenous aquaculture project in partnership with the Comcaac Nation and Northern Arizona University. He is a member of Slow Food and Native Oceans, an advisor to the Comcaac Government, and is currently working to unite tribal efforts to conserve cultural and environmental resources.
    He is the founder of Comcáac Native Aquaculture and from 2007 to 2008 was the Executive Director in partnership with Northern Arizona University (Center for Sustainable Environments, Instituto de Acuacultura del Estado de Sonora, and Ocean Revolution, with the economic support of the Packard Foundation.

    Other recent work includes:
    Speaker at Bioneers International Conference: Marin, California (2008)
    Leader, Native Oceans Indigenous Knowledge Exchange, Northern Australia (2008)
    Documenting Comcáac Cultural Values and Traditional Stories about mangrove habitats and wetlands in Comcáac Territory for Ocean Revolution, with the economic support of The Christensen Fund. (2008)

  • Julia Parker

    Julia Parker

    Rising Tide Panel: Backstory

    Julia Parker has spent most of her years living and working in Yosemite Village in California. Although she was born in her native Pomo territory, her early teachers were elder Indian traditionalists and basketweavers of the Sierra Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute people. After her mother's death when Julia was five, she and her siblings were placed in a foster home and later sent to Stewart Indian School near Carson City, NV. There she met her husband to be, Ralph Parker, and in 1948 they married and moved back to the Yosemite area. Ralph was employed by the National Park Service and Julia worked as a housekeeper for the Yosemite Park and Curry Company. In 1960, Park naturalist Douglas Hubbard wanted to revive demonstrations of Indian basketweaving at the Yosemite Museum and Julia volunteered. With master elders as her teachers, most significantly Ralph's mother, Julia soon was demonstrating basketweaving in the park. She also revived the practice of making acorn meal and mush, which in the traditional way uses a basket for the cooking process. Julia's work has been featured at the National Museum of the American Indian, the Heard Museum, and the National Museum of Natural History. In 1983 when Queen Elizabeth II visited Yosemite, Julia gave her one of her baskets and today it is in the Queen's Museum in Windsor Castle. Julia has been a central figure in the organization and ongoing activities of the California Indian Basketweavers Association.

  • Daniel Parolek

    Daniel Parolek

    Rising Tide Panel: Remaking/Reconceiving

    Daniel Parolek is an architect and urbanist whose passion is creating and revitalizing sustainable, walkable urban places and designing buildings that reinforce them. He is at the forefront of the practice of Form-Based Coding, which is a revolutionary alternative to zoning regulations that has proven to be highly effective in encouraging and incentivising more sustainable development patterns. He is coauthor of the first comprehensive book on the topic "Form-Based Codes: A guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers," which was publish by Wiley in 2008 and has been called "the definitive handbook" on the subject. He is also a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute and the founding principal of Opticos Design, Inc., a firm that applies the principles of sustainability at the regional, city, and building scale. This work currently includes the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan, a new transit-oriented town center for the former bedroom community of Hercules, California, and an award-winning, affordable, green housing project in Santa Fe New Mexico. Opticos is one of 12 Bay Area founding B Corporations with a commitment to a triple bottom line of social, environment, and fiscal responsibility. Daniel has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Urban Design from the University of California at Berkeley. Daniel is an avid biker, supporter of local businesses, and an advocate of local, organic foods.

  • Karen Parolek

    Karen Parolek

    Rising Tide Panel: Remaking/Reconceiving

    Karen Parolek strives to improve people’s lives by making web sites, software, signage, and documents simple to understand and use. As an information architect, she transforms confusing and overwhelming mounds of data into helpful and easily understood information. Karen joined Opticos Design, Inc. in 2000 to explore applying usability design across both old- and new-world media. Since then, her work has run the gamut from software, web site, and meta data schema design to wayfinding signage and document design.

    Most recently, her work has focused on form-based codes, an alternative regulatory system for towns and neighborhoods that enable more livable and pedestrian-friendly environments. Clarity, simplicity, and ease-of-use are core values of modern form-based codes, and with her extensive design background, Karen designs codes that are standard setting. With her husband, Dan Parolek, and the late Paul Crawford, Karen helped design and write the definitive book on FBCs, Form Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers. She lectures frequently on form-based codes and their design.

    Prior to joining Opticos, Karen had been the Senior Information Designer at NBC Internet, a top-10 Internet portal web site and a Senior Designer at Pentagram Design in New York City.

  • F. Noel Perry

    F. Noel Perry

    Rising Tide Panel: Green Capitalism

    F. Noel Perry is the founder of two community organizations: 100 Families Oakland and Next Ten, which aims to educate, engage, and empower Californians to improve the economy and quality of life in the state. As an investor, Noel has focused on socially responsible, innovative and profitable ventures. He has backed multiple business successes like the interactive educational company Leap Frog and the organic baby food company Earth’s Best. He is managing director of Baccharis Capital, Inc., a private venture capital firm in Menlo Park and founding director and former vice chairman of Conservation International, an organization devoted to conserving ecosystems worldwide. A venture capitalist, philanthropist, and artist, he is concerned about California today and the California our children will inherit.

  • Jay Jasper Pugao

    Jay Jasper Pugao

    Rising Tide Panel: Geopolitics

    Jay Jasper Pugao has been a seasoned community organizer, youth worker, multi-media artist, holistic health educator, and activist of over 12 years. He participated in the strategic planning, design, and implementation of numerous small schools in the Bay and has contributed and worked at various schools and organizations throughout the Bay Area designing and delivering cultural awareness, youth strategies curriculum, arts, community building, and educator support. Most recently, Jay has blended his passion and skills together, becoming a leader in the green movement fusing and focusing on social and environmental justice, sustainable lifestyles and solutions. He currently coordinates, co-teaches, and integrates Environmental Service-Learning across a broad core of academic classes at Mission High School in SF. He is grateful to the people in the schools and the institutions that opened their programs to him.

  • John Rapko

    John Rapko

    Rising Tide Panel: Remaking/Reconceiving

    John Rapko is a professor of Art History and Critical Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is currently teaching at JFK University in Berkeley. He is currently working on two books, one on the philosophy of contemporary art and one on the foundations of the study of global art history. Rapko has published widely in both academic journals and art magazines, including the Poetics Journal, Artweek, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and the Notre Dame Philosophical Review. He has a long-standing interest in environmental thought and art, first publishing on these topics in 1990.

  • Alexander Rose

    Alexander Rose

    Rising Tide Panel: Futures

    Alexander Rose is the Executive Director of The Long Now Foundation. He was hired as the first employee of The Long Now Foundation in February of 01997. Alexander has been an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., a project manager for Shamrock Communications, and a founding partner of Inertia Labs. Alexander has attended the Art Center College of Design and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honors degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Industrial Design in 01995.

    As the director of Long Now, Alexander has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London.

    Alexander's personal interests include rock climbing, snowboarding, mountaineering, mountain bike riding, Bio Diesel vehicles, and travel. At Carnegie Mellon University Alexander was the lead designer for a record setting human power vehicle team.

  • Simon Sadler

    Simon Sadler

    Rising Tide Panel: Green Capitalism

    Simon Sadler is Professor of Architectural and Urban History, Director of the Program in Art History, and Chancellor's Fellow at UC Davis. His research concentrates on the ideological contexts of modern and contemporary architecture and urban design. His publications include three books, Archigram: Architecture without Architecture (MIT Press, 2005), The Situationist City (MIT Press, 1998) and Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism (edited with Jonathan Hughes; Architectural Press, 2000). His ongoing research focuses on radical ecological and globalizing trends in architecture since the 1960s (see "Drop City Revisited," Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 58, no. 1, 2006, and "An Architecture of the Whole," Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 61, no. 4, 2008). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education and the advisory board of the California edition of The Architect's Newspaper.

  • Stephanie Syjuco

    Stephanie Syjuco

    Rising Tide Panel: Material/Culture Sustainability

    Stephanie Syjuco is a visual artist who’s recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging, reappropriation, and fictional fabrications to address issues of cultural biography, labor, and economic globalization. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her objects mistranslate and misappropriate iconic symbols, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. This has included re-creating several 1950s Modernist furniture pieces by French designer Charlotte Perriand but using cast-off material and rubbish in Beijing, China; starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods; photographing models of Stonehenge made from cheap Asian imported food products; and searching for fragments of the Berlin Wall in her immediate surroundings in an attempt to revisit the historical moment of “the end of History.” She has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, and the California College of the Arts.

  • Ignacio Valero

    Ignacio Valero

    Rising Tide Panel: Geopolitics

    Ignacio Valero was formerly with the International Center for Environmental Education, CIFCA, and the United Nations environment and development programs UNEP and UNDP. He was a senior associate with the Colombian Science Foundation, deputy director of Colombia's Environmental Protection Agency, and a member of the presidential advisory council for the writing of the new Colombian constitution.

    Ignacio Valero's current interests include the political economy of the image, consumption, desire, and the society of the spectacle; environment, globalization, and the commons; and the aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of "archaic modernity" in science fiction, anime, gender and sexual difference, mass media, and sociopolitical development. He is also interested in understanding practices leading to critical and creative pedagogies, and he is working on a poetry manuscript.

  • Amanda Williams

    Amanda Williams

    Rising Tide Panel: Backstory

    Amanda Williams is an architect / artist in love with color. It has been an unmistakable formal and conceptual presence in all of her work. She was raised on the south side of Chicago and earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University with an emphasis on Fine Art. Amanda is passionate about developing strategies that use art and architecture as catalysts for the economic, community and cultural revitalization of urban neighborhoods. Not bound by a single medium, she uses painting, photography, architecture, design and installation as her tools for exploration. Williams constructs her visual narratives by coalescing fragments of unrelated information together from sources as varied as historic and legal documents to rap lyrics, newspaper clippings and old family photographs. She has developed a signature style of vivid, layered compositions that are an interplay of two dimensional and three dimensional space. Recurring themes of personal freedom, memory and place appear in almost every piece. The continuing thread in all of Amanda’s work is the ongoing narrative that seeks to intertwine the viewer’s reality with that of her own. She has lectured and exhibited throughout the US, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago IL, the August Wilson Center for Art and Culture in Pittsburgh PA, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis MN and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco CA. Williams has been the recipient of many awards including the Eidlitz Travel Fellowship to Ethiopia, the Hennessy Cognac Emerging Artist Award, and the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s Heroes & Hearts Public Art Commission. Amanda lives and works in West Oakland and is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit her website: www.awgallery.com and www.lindafairchild.com


  • John Zarobell

    John Zarobell

    Rising Tide Panel: Geopolitics

    John Zarobell is Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. John will be discussing Landscape and Ecology in Colonial Algeria. In the nineteenth century, French scientists and governmental officials transformed the landscape of the country that would come to be known as Algeria. Artists--from painters, to illustrators, to photographers--helped frame this new colonial space and made it apprehensible to residents of France through the pictorial conventions of landscape. This talk will discuss some of these changes in the land and how the developments of this period continue to affect the way we see landscape today.

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