Architecture and Design Museum

Urban Interventions: Redesigning Waterfronts
Arts District Location

Urban Interventions: Redesigning Waterfronts is the first installment of Crafting Community: Creating Design Legacy a lecture series sponsored by Gafcon. This event focuses on envisioning waterfront communities worldwide. The afternoon will begin with a selection of short lectures given by global and local shapers of waterfront communities. This particular event creates a dialogue between the Chinese and Californian cities.

Speakers include:
Jeff Causey
Frank Wolden
Kongjian Yu

Moderated by:
Frances Anderton

Frances Anderton is Host of DnA: Design and Architecture, a weekly radio show broadcast on KCRW NPR station in Los Angeles. For many years she produced KCRW’s acclaimed current affairs shows, To The Point, and Which Way, LA?, hosted by Warren Olney. Anderton and DnA producer Avishay Artsy recently produced and co-hosted Bridges and Walls, a series about the barriers and connections–both metaphorical and physical–shaping life in California today; it was supported by the California Arts Council. This led to a new series, airing summer 2018, called This is Home in LA: From the Tent to the Gigamansion (and Everything In Between.) Anderton also curates events and exhibitions; these include Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, a critically received exhibition about resilient architecture, shown from December 2014 to May 2015 at the Annenberg Space for Photography. She has served as correspondent for the New York Times and Dwell magazine and before that as an associate editor at The Architectural Review. Her books include Grand Illusion: A Story of Ambition, and its Limits, on LA’s Bunker Hill, based on a studio she co-taught with Frank Gehry and partners at USC School of Architecture. She has received many awards for her work including the Esther McCoy 2010 Award for her work in educating the public about architecture and urbanism from USC School of Architecture’s Architectural Guild, and was SCI-Arc’s Honored Guest at its 2018 Main Event.

Jeff Causey, LEED AP, NCARB: With more than 40 years of international architecture and planning experience, Jeff provides a diverse background in cultural understanding and alternate delivery methods worldwide. He has learned to challenge regional stereotypes while blending more universal design innovations into award winning projects. Jeff has teamed on over 15 national and international design competition winning projects such as the Nagoya International Design Center, El Centro Federal Courthouse, Kookmin Bank World Headquarters, and the New Shanghai International Plaza. He has specialized in large mixed-use public-private partnerships that have redefined waterfronts, community gathering spaces and educational campuses throughout the world. Jeff is currently working on the masterplan for the $5.5 billion Zizhu Purple Bay residential community, an 800-acre mixed use urban district in Shanghai along the Huang Pu river, the $1.2 billion Seaport project on the San Diego Bayfront, the Alta Sea waterfront revitalization in Los Angeles, the Bayfront Village Eco Community, as well as the $1.5 billion Educational Gateway Project. Jeff has extensive experience living and working on an international scale. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Architecture, he completed a one-year Rome studies program, as well as living and working in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and throughout Asia. He has been an educator at the Boston Architectural Center and New School of Architecture master’s program, and has lectured at the University of California, Irvine Design-Build symposium, UC Berkley Haas School of Business, US Consulates in Nagoya and Sapporro, Japan, as well as at Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) National and Regional conferences.

Frank Wolden’s creative view of the city has led to his reputation as an artist and urban philosopher. In addition to his creative work in urban design and architecture, he is often asked to develop and illustrate visionary concepts that guide the application of planning and design principles for new projects. Over the past 25 years Wolden has led the design of major urban projects in the United States and abroad. The uniqueness of his approach comes in providing a conceptual foundation and design process for projects that creatively engage architecture in the making of new urban spaces. Wolden is a Principal of AVRP/Skyport Studios, and founded and leads the firm’s Ideation Lab. Prior to joining AVRP/Skyport Studios, Wolden was the Founding Principal of Skyport Studio after he served for 16 years as Design Principal at Carrier Johnson Architects. Early in his career he held key positions in a number of public and private organizations, including the City of San Diego, CCDC, the Jerde Partnership, and founded the firm City Design, specializing in urban retail concepts. Wolden is also an adjunct professor at NewSchool of Architecture + Design, and a frequent lecturer on the subject of urban architecture and planning. Wolden’s project experience includes: Seaport San Diego, a $1.2 billion waterfront redevelopment project; the $5.5 billion Zizhu Purple Bay residential community, an 800-acre megaproject in Shanghai; Rancho Ontiveros, a master development plan for approximately 1,125 hectares in Tijuana Mexico; Makers Quarter, a unique plan of live/work lofts, retail/ workshops and office use for the creative class along 15th Street in San Diego; PB – Oceanus, a design and vision plan for a 5 acre oceanfront site in the heart of Pacific Beach; and the Park & Market Highrise design in East Village, which will be the iconic center point connecting Balboa Park to the San Diego Bay. Frank has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from San Diego State University.

Kongjian Yu is the founder and Dean of the School of Landscape Architecture at Peking University, now the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He received his Doctor of Design Degree at The Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1995, with the dissertation, “Security Patterns in Landscape Planning: With a Case in South China”. He has been a professor of urban and regional planning at Peking University since 1997 and founded Turenscape in 1998, an internationally awarded firm with about 600 professionals. Yu and Turenscape’s practice covers architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, across scales. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, at the Harvard GSD, where he received his Doctor of Design. Yu’s projects received both 2009 and 2010 World Architectural Festival Awards of Landscape, the 2009 ULI Global Award for Excellence, the 2010 ASLA award of Excellence, and ASLA Honor Awards (American Society of Landscape Architects), Excellence on the Waterfront Awards, the 2004 National Gold Medal of Fine Arts of China, and he was a juror for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Yu publishes widely; his current publications include The Beautiful Big Foot, Landscape as Ecological Infrastructure and The Art of Survival. Through his works, Yu tries to reconstruct ecological infrastructure across scales and to define a new aesthetics based on environmental ethic.