“Megafollies: Past, Present, and Future” – Talk by Gray Brechin, U.C. Berkeley, March 24


On March 24, Living New Deal Founder Gray Brechin will give a talk at the College of Environmental Design Archives, titled, “Megafollies: Past, Present, and Future.”

Event details:

Join the Environmental Design Archives for our last Gallery Talk this academic year with Historian Gray Brechin. Brechin will explore ephemeral archival documents revealing a plethora of zany proposals once touted as inevitable and necessary progress to keep the Bay Area growing and prosperous. Many were defeated by citizen activism, yet growth continued anyway. Have planners and architects learned from a past of which few seem aware even as the world we’ve known becomes another one?

Dr. Gray Brechin received his B.A. and Ph.D. in Geography and an M.A. in Art History from UC Berkeley. Following a career in journalism and TV in which his focus was on the environment and cities, he founded the Living New Deal which is now based at the UC Berkeley Department of Geography. He is the author of the best-selling Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin and (with photographer Robert Dawson) Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream, both UC Press, 1999.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:30 – 8:00 pm

6:30 – 7:00 pm Light refreshments, Wurster Gallery, room 121

7:00 – 8:00 pm Lecture, Wurster Hall Auditorium, room 112

Free to UC Berkeley Students, Staff, and Faculty. For those outside UC Berkeley: suggested $10 donation.

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Date: Tue. Mar 24th, 2020

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