5. Heart of the City


5. Heart of the City


From earlier de-paving and creek restoration efforts, Register and the newly formed 501(c)3, Ecocity Builders, sought to influence downtown Berkeley development promoting urban densification and increased integration of uses. In ecocities, arrangement of functions is crucial and strives to operate “like a complex living organism.”

Numerous concepts articulated at conferences from 1988-1998 on the Heart of the City project are echoed in Berkeley’s current downtown plan, but Register ultimately grew frustrated at Berkeley’s unwillingness to daylight Strawberry Creek downtown after a decade of work.


Richard Register


Environmental Design Library