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Work starts on new Berkeley Art Museum, to open in 2016

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Construction work has begun on the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive which, all things going well, is slated to open in the summer of 2016, bringing bold contemporary architecture into the heart of Berkeley.

The UC Berkeley-owned museum, which includes the Pacific Film Theater, has raised $95 million worth of pledges towards the $100 million goal it needed to create a new home on Center St. at Oxford, the site of a former printing plant owned by the university. The new BAM/PFA is to be designed by New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architects of New York’s High Line and several museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C.

BAM/PFA has been planning to move since 1997 when it was determined that its current building on Bancroft Way — built in 1970 and designed by Mario Ciampi — did not meet present-day seismic standards. It cannot be upgraded without eliminating open exhibition spaces required for the galleries.  … Continue reading »

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Landscaper who left his mark on Berkeley, dies

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News today of another death of someone who left a significant mark on Berkeley.

Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin was responsible for the original design of UC’s Sproul Plaza, as well as the grounds of Greenwood Common (above). Beyond Berkeley, Halprin was one of the creators of Sea Ranch in Sonoma, and designed San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square.

Writing in the Chronicle today, John King notes that “Halprin… shaped the look of Northern California as much as any … Continue reading »