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Ecology expert tapped: McDonough to help with campus LRDP

By Amy Agronis on October 12, 2001 in University

Renowned architect and sustainable development expert William McDonough will offer ideas and strategies to confront conventional thinking on design, planning and development of campuses and communities in an Oct. 22 public address sponsored by UC Davis.

McDonough’s talk, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Varsity Theatre in downtown Davis and to be followed by public workshops later that week, will assist the campus in shaping its future, say university planners.

As part of its Long Range Development Plan process, UC Davis is examining alternatives for accommodating many new students, faculty, staff and facilities in the coming years.

"We’re exploring such questions as ‘How will the campus accommodate these changes? What are the challenges and opportunities for addressing this growth? How can any growth and change be environmentally, socially and economically productive for the campus and its surrounding community?’" said John Meyer, vice chancellor for resource management and planning.

"William McDonough is certain to provide cutting-edge approaches to address these issues and will challenge attendees’ assumptions on how to create a truly great living, learning and working environment for UC Davis and the surrounding community."

Meyer invites campus and community members to attend McDon-ough’s lecture and then to put their ideas into action during either of two interactive campus planning workshops to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Putah Creek Lodge on campus.

An additional workshop specifically for UC Davis students is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the campus’s Rec Pool Lodge.

These workshops will feature a hands-on land use "game" that participants will play to test alternatives for best accommodating new campus growth. The workshops will address the wide array of issues and opportunities facing the campus, including academic growth, housing needs, athletics and recreation needs, transportation and environmental concerns.

Participants’ ideas and solutions will then be utilized in the creation of several LRDP growth alternatives, which will be presented for community discussion and input during additional public workshops in February, April and May 2002.

By the end of the academic year in June 2002, campus planners intend to arrive at a preferred planning scenario, which will then undergo comprehensive environmental review consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act.

The environmental review and the proposed plan is expected to be submitted to the UC Board of Regents for approval in the fall of 2003.

McDonough is one of the primary shapers and proponents of what he and his partners call "eco-effective" planning and design. He is the founding partner of William McDonough + Partners, Architecture and Community Design, an internationally recognized design firm practicing ecologically, socially and economically intelligent design in the United States and abroad.

As a recognized leader of the sustainable development movement for more than two decades, McDonough has received many honors and awards for his designs, including a 1996 Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation’s highest environmental honor and the only one awarded to an individual.

Former dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, he received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University School of Architecture and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Media contact(s)

Amy Agronis, Dateline, (530) 752-1932,