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Jeff Mapes

Posted by on May 31 2011 | 2011, Ecology, Education, Fellows, Grantees by Year

Jeff Mapes
2011 Fellow

Jeff Mapes is the author of Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities (Oregon State University Press, 2009) which describes the growing urban bike culture that is changing the look and feel of U.S. cities.

Mapes, a seasoned political journalist and long-time bike commuter, explores the growth of bicycle advocacy while covering such issues as the environmental, safety, and health aspects of bicycling for short urban trips. Chapters set in Chicago and Portland show how bicycling has became a political act, with seemingly dozens of subcultures, and how cyclists – with the encouragement of local officials – are seizing streets back from motorists. Bike activists are creating the future of how we travel and live in twenty-first-century cities.

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David Gissen

Posted by on May 31 2011 | 2011, Architecture, Fellows, Grantees by Year

David Gissen
2011 Fellow

David Gissen is an historian and theorist of architecture and urbanism. His recent work focuses on developing a novel concept of nature in architectural thought and developing experimental forms of architectural historical practice.

Gissen is the author of the book Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), editor of the “Territory” issue of AD Journal (2010), and editor of the book Big and Green (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003). He recently completed the manuscript “Manhattmospheres” an environmental and architectural history of New York City in the 1970s.

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Rosten Woo

Posted by on May 31 2011 | 2011, Architecture, Art, Fellows, Grantees by Year

Rosten Woo
2011 Fellow

Rosten Woo is an artist, designer and writer living in Los Angeles. He makes work that helps people understand complex systems and participate in group decision-making. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the New Museum, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum; and in various public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls and parks in New York City and Los Angeles. His first book, Street Valuewas published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010.

He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit organization that uses design and art to improve civic engagement. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact communities so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

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Amber Hasselbring

Posted by on May 31 2011 | 2011, Art, Ecology, Fellows, Grantees by Year

Amber Hasselbring
2011 Fellow

Amber Hasselbring is a San Francisco artist focused on exploring ecological relationships. Since 2004, she has produced collaborative, project-based works that involve participation by invited and circumstantial audiences. Hasselbring’s Mission Greenbelt Project (2007-present) explores themes of gentrification, education and urban ecology through performances and garden building efforts in San Francisco.  The project is an ongoing urban earthwork of sidewalk gardens, planted with California native and other drought-tolerant plants. The gardens attract wildlife, relieve the city’s overburdened water treatment system and encourage volunteerism and cooperation. The proposed route connects Mission District parks and open spaces.

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Sandor Katz

Posted by on May 31 2011 | 2011, Ecology, Education, Fellows, Grantees by Year

Sandor Katz
2011 Fellow

Sandor Katz is the author of The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006) This book is about food activism and people trying to make better choices – people wanting to create better food alternatives for themselves and the people in the communities around them.Katz urges people to challenge their roles as unquestioning consumers of the American food industry. His message is to use everyday ingredients to be a producer and not just consumer of food – and not just ordinary food – but some of the most vibrantly flavorful and health giving foods imaginable. His critique of mega production and celebration of the alternatives empowers people to feel like they can make and cultivate their own food – whatever their circumstances. His long held belief in community gardens, community supported agriculture and community kitchens has inspired many and been an integral part in the underground food movement.

Katz is also the author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012) and Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2003). He travels widely teaching people simple fermentation techniques and demystify home fermentation. He has taught hundreds of hands-on fermentation workshops around the US and Australia.

wildfermentation.com

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Nicholas de Monchaux

Posted by on May 31 2011 | 2011, Architecture, Ecology, Fellows, Grantees by Year

Nicholas de Monchaux
2011 Fellow

Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect and urbanist, whose work examines the intersections between nature, technology and the city.  Currently assistant professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley, he has recently authored Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (published by the MIT press).

His project Local Code: Real Estates used geospatial analysis to identify thousands of publicly owned abandoned sites in major US cities – imagining this distributed, vacant landscape as a new urban system. Using parametric design, a landscape proposal for each site is tailored to local conditions, optimizing thermal and hydrological performance to enhance the whole city’s ecology—and relieving burdens on existing infrastructure. Local Code’s quantifiable effects on energy usage and stormwater remediation eradicate the need for more expensive, yet invisible, sewer and electrical upgrades. In addition, the project uses citizen participation to conceive a new, more public infrastructure as well —a robust network of urban greenways with tangible benefits to the health and safety of every citizen. Local Code was recently exhibited at SPUR and was a finalist in the WPA 2.0 competition sponsored by UCLA Citylab and appeared at the 2010 Biennial of the Americas.

nicholas.demonchaux.com

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Friends of the Gateway

Posted by on May 25 2011 | 2011, Architecture, Art, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

Friends of the Gateway
2011 – $7,500 General Support

Friends of The Gateway (FOG) is a community of artists and innovators championing the creation of a unique public space at the foot of the new Bay Bridge. Using the arts as the organizing principle, the Gateway Park envisioned will integrate engineering, infrastructure, landscape, economic and community development, creating a vibrant regional asset and an international destination.Gateway Park will be located at the touchdown point of eastern span of the Bay Bridge, on the Oakland side, and will encompass at least between 35 and 150 acres.

FOG envisions a public space akin to Millennium Park in Chicago or Landschaftspark in Germany, with a comparable economic and social impact, using the arts and the industrial arts movement as the central themes. The East Bay is the international epicenter for a major industrial arts movement, and our hope is that the Gateway will both celebrate this and capitalize upon it. FOG’s vision will seek to integrate human-scaled, social and economic activities into this context using the arts as an engaging vehicle, while creating a vital, vibrant Bay Area arts destination that attracts a local and international audience; explores the relationships between place, structure and creative innovation; and celebrates the remarkable new span of the Bay Bridge.

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Suzanne Cockrell, California College of the Arts Engage Class

Posted by on May 25 2011 | 2011, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Year

Suzanne Cockrell, Engage Class at California College of the Arts
2011 – $1,125  Garden at Emerson Elemenary School, Oakland

This grant was used to fund the design and building of a small orchard and pollinator garden at Emerson K-5 Public Elementary School located in Oakland’s Temescal District. The orchard and garden are a community project which was part of an undergraduate Community Arts/Diversity Studies course at California College of the Arts (CCA).  The CCA students led by artist, Suzanne Cockrell, mentored thirty five 4th graders to plan and implement a garden for the school community.  Students germinated seeds for the pollinator garden, learned the botanical parts of a fruit tree and how fruit grows, foraged and tasted fruit from neighborhood trees, and helped sheet mulch and plant the orchard in their schoolyard.  The project developed a culture of stewardship for the orchard and through special assemblies, curriculum and harvest celebrations.  The students and school families will nurture and care for their orchard over time.

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Island Press

Posted by on May 25 2011 | 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

Island Press
2020 – $15,000 Online Programming During COVID-19 Pandemic
2020 – $25,000 Founders’ Pot
2019 – $25,000 General Support
2018 – $5,000 Founders’ Pot for General Operating Support
2017 – $5,000 Founders’ Pot for General Operating Support
2017 – $5,000 General Support
2016 – $5,000 General Support
2015 – $5,000 General Support
2014 – $5,000 General Support
2013 – $10,000 Sustainability Knowledge Network
2011 – $5,000 General Support

Since 1984, Island Press has been a trusted source of environmental information and solutions. They publish the best new ideas about how to protect the environment and work tirelessly to spread those ideas to help people make a positive difference in the world. Each year, Island Press publishes 40 new books on vital topics such as conservation biology, marine science, land conservation, green building, sustainable agriculture, climate change, and ecological restoration.Island Press authors and experts inform and inspire change by reaching out to millions of people through the press, online, in the classroom and in person. They host conferences, teach courses, and speak in the community on relevant environmental issues.

Sustainability Knowledge Network
Island Press’ Sustainability Knowledge Network gives targeted audiences of local stakeholders direct access to Island Press authors and other experts to foster better decision making and accelerate changes in policy and practice toward a future that is sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change. This strong, multidisciplinary network inspires local actions and fosters learning and collaboration.  Exposing local thought leaders to the ideas and knowledge captured in Island Press books provides fertile ground for advancing science- and evidence-based decision-making and accelerate the progress of climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, sustainability in cities, and improving communications about other major issues. The primary audiences are policymakers, practitioners, academics, private sector, media, and the general public. Island Press  cross-pollinates ideas from around the globe with these groups so that people can implement and adapt them locally.

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Dolores Park Playground

Posted by on May 25 2011 | 2011, Architecture, Grantees, Grantees by Year

Dolores Park Playground
2011 – $3,000 General Support

In 2011 the renovated Hellen Diller Dolores Park Playground opened to the public. Crucial to the redesign and fundraising efforts was the Friends of Dolores Park Playground, a group of almost a dozen organizers and more than 1,500 supporters who are committed to a safe and clean playground at Dolores Park.

The Friends of Dolores Park Playground sponsors social events at the playground for the enjoyment of parents and children and to bring greater vitality to Dolores Park and the wider community. The long-term mission of the Friends of Dolores Park is to remain stewards of the playground for years to come.

sfrecpark.org

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