UC Berkeley hosts virtual open house, seeks community input on campus plans

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UC Berkeley is seeking community input to update its Long Range Development Plan, or LRDP, and Campus Master Plan by hosting a virtual open house from May 28 through Aug. 31.

Created by UC Berkeley Capital Strategies and Sasaki Associates, the virtual open house marks another phase of the multiyear process currently underway to update the LRDP, which guides the campus’s physical development, and the Campus Master Plan, which considers campus’s strategic goals and their implementation.

“This virtual open house is a special opportunity to help shape the UC Berkeley of tomorrow,” the virtual open house site reads. “Campus planning outlines the long-term direction of UC Berkeley’s built environment and landscape, and it ensures the best use of limited land and other resources.”

The virtual open house covers seven stations: Campus Planning 101, Design and Character, Life on Campus, Instruction and Research, Sustainability and Climate, Getting Around and Your Campus Priorities. These stations aim to guide community members through the plans and ask members for input through questions after each station.

Both plans address areas including classrooms and research space, housing, transportation and sustainability, among others, according to the virtual open house site. They will also take an integrated approach to planning that aims to understand how changing one area of the campus would affect other goals set by the campus.

“All students, staff, and faculty, as well as the community, are invited to participate in the virtual open house,” said UC Berkeley Capital Strategies spokesperson Kyle Gibson in an email. “Planning decisions should be informed by the best possible understanding of our community’s needs and interests, as well as the diverse values and viewpoints of stakeholders on the campus and throughout the city.”

According to Gibson, one of the reasons for the LRDP’s update is to better align it with the recently updated campus Strategic Plan, as well as campus priorities such as housing, accessibility and seismic remediation, among others. Updating both plans at the same time, Gibson added, expedites the process and increases efficiency for each plan’s implementation.

The virtual open house also shares data collected from the campus community through each plan’s Discovery and Analysis phase, including campus life space needs, how existing campus space is used and different modes of transportation to campus, among others.

“Broad campus and community participation is vitally important in our multiyear effort to envision and plan the campus of tomorrow,” said Wendy Hillis, campus architect and assistant vice chancellor, in a campuswide email sent May 28. “This summer’s virtual open house is another opportunity for everyone on campus and in the community to learn about progress being made and to share their perspectives and feedback.”

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