6. Oakland


6. Oakland


Turning his attention to neighboring Oakland, Register explored earlier concepts in the context of that city’s watershed and Lake Merritt. Prior to the construction of the east span of the Bay Bridge, he suggested adding cantilevered bicycle paths to bridges.

Four-story height limits favored by many preservationists and New Urbanists made little sense to him, so he illustrated the limitation by removing the top of the Claremont Hotel. In attempts to illustrate change through time, Register sliced Oakland diagonally into past, present and future. And, for Mills College, he envisioned another creek restoration and a real town “downtown” on the campus.


Richard Register


Environmental Design Library