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Lecture on Community Planning and Design in Taiwan, by John K.C. Liu (UC Berkeley, 11/6)

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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    [From http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/component/option,com_extcalendar/Itemid,0/&Itemid=/extmode,view/extid,2075/] Kenneth Harlan Simmons Lecture Series: John Liu
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 24, 2012
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      Kenneth Harlan Simmons Lecture Series: John Liu
      Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (6:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
      Location: 106 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

      John K.C. Liu, Chair and Executive Director
      Building and Planning Research Foundation, National Taiwan University

      The CED Alumni and Students of Color are pleased to announce that one
      of our founding members, John K.C. Liu, PhD 1980, will be the first
      speaker in the Ken Simmons Lecture series on Community Design and
      Development. John will discuss his work as head of the Building and
      Planning Research Foundation at the National Taiwan University in
      Taipei . The Foundation adheres to four working principles: training
      of ‚Äúprofessional-generalists‚ÄĚ, collaborative work, social justice, and
      user participation. To date, the Foundation has trained over 300
      professionals who use their skills as architects and planners to
      assist communities in planning and development. For the work of the
      Foundation over the past 22 years, John recently received the 2012
      Taipei City Culture Award.

      Public Service Community Planning and Design
      John was born in China, grew up in Taiwan and India, did his
      undergraduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Cooper
      Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, graduate work at the
      University of Washington and Pennsylvania State University before
      receiving his PhD in Architecture from the University of California,
      Berkeley in 1980. While at Cal, John, along with Ken Simmons, Sara
      Ishikawa, Halim Abdelhalim, and Virgus Streets formed the Community
      Design Collaborative in Oakland focusing on professional planning and
      architecture services to disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area,
      working such projects as D.Q. University, the Black Repertory Theater
      in Berkeley, the Berkeley Free Clinic, the Oakland Downtown
      Redevelopment Plan, the Jack London Square master plan, San Francisco
      Chinatown Housing for the Elderly, and Yerba Buena West Public
      Housing, etc.

      In 1990 John returned to Taiwan and founded the Building and Planning
      Research Foundation at the National Taiwan University. The Foundation
      serves public agencies from the central government to the local
      townships in planning projects ranging from policy analysis on
      national land planning, county general plans, new-town planning,
      issue-based planning including historical preservation, tourism
      industry, and water management. Community projects include
      regeneration of rural townships, preservation of historic streets and
      towns, urban neighborhood revitalization. Design projects include
      schools, theaters, hospitals, university campuses, public parks, the
      restoration of historic buildings, passive-solar housing, and
      facilities for indigenous tribes.
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