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GROUND UP Journal
IS the student journal of the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at University of California at Berkeley.

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Welcome to the Berkeley Thunderdome

Round One of the CED’s premier debate series, featuring Julie Bargmann and Walter Hood
and moderated by Kristina Hill.

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JULIE BARGMANN, D.I.R.T. Studio | WORKING TRACES | Spring Lecture Series

UC Berkeley’s GROUND UP Journal + the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning proudly present Julie Bargmann in two upcoming events at the College of Environmental Design:

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Pina 3D - dance/landscape/design

Pina 3D - the Wim Wenders film that is a tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch and an enactment of her dance performances. Last year I saw her Vollmond piece at BAM and was blown away by the dance- the emotion evoked by the physicality and the image of the piece were all breathtaking. But to see the work on film shows the dance in even more dimensions. At the live performance you see the dance as a set piece and as a presentation. With the film you see this from the dancers' point of view and you see the performances from a completely different, and more intimate way. There is access to the depth of the performances in a way that is not possible during the live performance. Wenders brings the camera to places that you cannot otherwise see.  

When I was a student at the AA in London way back when we did dance workshops with dancer and choreographer Gaby Agis, learning how to explore architectural space with our bodies. As a student this was a way to think about urban space in a new way. At the time I thhught more of an individual perception of space, ie using dance as a tool for myself, rather than the effect of the performance of the space itself, or of the dance as an urban act.

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The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011 Randel Farm Map No. 64, 1819 Used with permission of the City of New York and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President

Go Go Go See this!!!

Yesterday I went to check out the Greatest Grid exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, celebrating the 200th anniversity of the Commissioners plan which laid out the gridded street plan for New York City, creating the system that has made the city what it is.

 The exhibition shows not only the impacts of the grid that we see today but also the nuts and bolts of carrying out the plan, from the surveying equipment and original notes (which make my chicken scratch sketchbooks less horrific somehow) to remarkable plans that show the new grid overlaid onto the existing landscape features and property lines that already existed, to amazing photographs that show the effect of an essentially tabula rasa scheme onto an existing landscape, to artifacts that show how the land was divided and sold and then developed.

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