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STANFORD -- Sim Van der Ryn, formerly California state architect and now professor of architecture at the University of California-Berkeley, will speak on "Planning and Building Sustainable Communities" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at History Corner, room 2.
Van der Ryn directs the Farallones Institute, an ecological research center, and heads an architectural firm that has designed new communities, schools, offices, public buildings, conference centers and homes in the United States, Europe and Japan. He is known for innovative designs that are sensitive to human needs and the environment.
As state architect from 1975 to 1979, Van der Ryn managed a $300-million construction program. He also founded the State Office of Appropriate Technology.
Van der Ryn's honors include a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Institute of Architects' National Honor Award for "initiating and directing the development of major architectural projects that advance the state of the art in energy conservation."
He has published more than 100 articles and five books, including Sustainable Communities, The Integral Urban House and The Toilet Papers.
His talk is co-sponsored by Students for Environmental Action at Stanford and Magic Inc.
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