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In Memoriam – Principal D. Jamie Rusin

ELS Principal D. Jamie Rusin, architect, urban designer, father, author, cyclist, mentor, and great friend passed away April 21, 2016. For over 30 years at ELS, he led numerous projects with the common objective of bringing people together through great architecture and public spaces. At the office, Jamie championed a culture of open dialogue, debate, and collaboration. His admiration for academia… more

The Downtown Berkeley Post Office: A Chance to Preserve and Enhance

October 2nd, 2013
In collaboration with Berkeley Design Advocates, ELS prepared an exhibit illustrating the value, importance and opportunity in the downtown Berkeley Post Office.  The exhibit is currently on display at the Wells Fargo lobby on Center Street in downtown Berkeley.  The boards can also be viewed at the PDF link below. Link: The Downtown Berkeley Post Office Boards (4mb pdf) more

New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-ring Suburbs

Originally published in Urban Land Magazine Retail, housing, and activity are among the keys to successful infill development. And don't forget about parking. By D. Jamie Rusin, Ryan Call and Sean Slater As inner-ring suburbs in the United States become denser, demand for access to nearby walkable urban environments is rising. Residents are looking for shorter driving distances to commercial,… more

Speak up for Telegraph!

Pulitzer Prize–winner Michael Chabon’s just-released novel, Telegraph Avenue, has once again put the spotlight on the novel’s namesake, that 4½-mile commercial stretch that runs from the south side of U.C. Berkeley’s campus to downtown Oakland, famous for 1960s protests and riots, home to the homeless, former home of Cody’s Books, and still a popular student hangout. But for years, Telegraph… more

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