Spring 2010

CED 50th Anniversary Gala

The 50th Anniversary Gala on February 6, 2010, launched the 50th Anniversary Student Support Fund. The CED community enjoyed toasting the birthday of the college and a sustainable meal catered by Back to Earth. After dinner, alumni fondly reminisced about their time at CED.
The UC Berkeley Blake Estate
The UC Berkeley Blake Estate in Kensington, CA.
Harrison Fraker, Sam Davis, and Jennifer Wolch
Former CED deans Professor Harrison Fraker and Professor Emeritus Sam Davis ’69 with current CED dean Jennifer Wolch. (Photo: Adrianne Koteen)
Caitlin Brostrom and Nathan Brostrom with Bob Lalanne.
Caitlin Brostrom (’90) and UC VP Nathan Brostrom with CED Gala Committee Co-Chair Bob Lalanne (’78). (Photo: Adrianne Koteen)
Michael Woo discusses his education at CED.
Michael Woo (’75), Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly, Pomona, discusses his education at CED.
Cocktails inside the Blake Estate
Cocktails inside the Blake Estate.
Allison Williams with Katherine and John Kriken
Allison Williams (’76) design director of Perkins + Will in San Francisco, with Katherine and John Kriken (’61) a consulting partner at SOM. (Photo: Adrianne Koteen)
Paul Sedway with Doris Lee and Ted Lee
Paul Sedway (’60) with Doris Lee and Ted Lee (’66). (Photo: Adrianne Koteen)

The group then gathered to hear a talk entitled “The Next Economy: Transforming Energy and Infrastructure Investment,” by Bruce Katz, Vice President of the Brookings Institution and Founding Director of its Metropolitan Policy Program. Katz sees “The Great Recession” as an opportunity to reinvent the American economy and reestablish the nation’s place in the world. He spoke about four things that are vital to this goal.

Katz first challenged the audience to visualize an economy where more firms in more sectors trade more goods and services seamlessly with the world, particularly with the rising nations that are rapidly urbanizing and industrializing. Second, he asked everyone to imagine a world where America not only leads the global transition to sustainable growth but uses breakthroughs in technology and practice to spark a production revolution at home, and drive wealth creation and sustainable growth.

The people in this room and the sectors and constituencies you represent are illustrative of the energy and potential of metropolitan America.

— Bruce Katz

He then proposed that the next economy will be rooted in and led by metropolitan America. The real heart of the American economy — 100 metropolitan areas that after decades of growth take up only 12 percent of our land mass — harbor two-thirds of our population and generate 75 percent of our gross domestic product. This is the new economic geography, enveloping city and suburb, exurb and rural town in one seamlessly integrated whole.

Barbara Stafford with Millicent Chase-Lalanne.
University of Chicago Professor Emerita of Art History Barbara Stafford, who lectured about cognition and design imagery during the 50th Anniversary Spring Program, with Millicent Chase-Lalanne.
Rob Steinberg and Alice Erber, Co-chairs of the Gala committee
Rob Steinberg (’77), Steinberg Architects and Alice Erber, Co-chairs of the Gala committee.
Brookings Institution Vice President Bruce Katz
Brookings Institution Vice President Bruce Katz, who regularly advises national, state, regional, and municipal leaders on urban policy reforms. (Photo: Adrianne Koteen)
Zette Emmons, Sadie Super Wurster, and Luli Emmons at the Blake Estate.
Zette Emmons (’73), Sadie Super Wurster (’70) and Luli Emmons (’72) at the Blake Estate.
Michael Dear and George Breslauer.
Professor Michael Dear (left) and UC Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer.

Finally Katz proposed that to build the next economy, the U.S. must connect macro vision to metro reality, the macro to the metro. The U.S. needs a playbook that is uniquely aligned to our entrepreneurial nation, where quality growth and jobs emerge from the DNA of metropolitan America: private firms, research institutions, investors, governments, trade associations, philanthropy, and labor.

Our challenge is to convert the dynamism in this metropolis … into solutions that are pragmatic, far reaching and critical to this moment. We must move as quickly as possible to change the mental map of our nation from a constitutional union of 50 states to an economic network of highly connected, hyperlinked, and seamlessly integrated metropolitan areas.

— Bruce Katz

Katz presented a compelling and inspiring case for the vital importance of supporting CED and the University of California as a whole. Our institutions, he argued, are essential to reestablishing California’s economy and place as a world leader in intellectual and socially beneficial thought. Just a day after presenting the same case to Governor Schwarzenegger, Katz stated that CED is, “a unique, pragmatic, grounded voice in the coming debate over jobs and economy and investment. Let that voice be heard!”

Bruce Katz; Richard and Bonnie Keating; Michael Painter
Left: Bruce Katz; Center: Gala committee members Richard (’68) and Bonnie Keating; Right: Michael Painter (B.S. Landscape Architecture ’56) reminisces about the history of LAEP.

We are grateful to all who made the 50th Anniversary Gala a most memorable evening and who contributed founding gifts to the 50th Anniversary Student Support Fund. We are also grateful to our leadership committee, which helped to make the gala possible.

50th Anniversary Gala Leadership Committee

Robert (’78) and Millicent Lalanne
Robert Steinberg (’77) and Alice Erber
Lydia Tan (’83) and John Barton (’83)
Caitlin Lempres-Brostrom (’90) and Nathan Brostrom
Mary Corley (’95) and Jeff Bond Cordelia Hill (’79)
Brad Inman
Fred (’68) and Beth (’66) Karren
Richard (’68) and Bonnie Keating
John (’61) and Katherine Kriken
Janet Moody (’81) and John McMurtry (’83)
Judd Williams (’90) and Anne Bonaparte
Robert (’68) and Sheryl (’67) Wong