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Randolph T. Hester Jr.

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George F. Thompson
217 Oak Ridge Circle
Staunton , Virginia 24401
United States

Company Description: George F. Thompson Publishing continues the long-standing efforts of George to advance our understanding of the places and spaces that surround us-urban, rural,...   more

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  • M.L.A.
    Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • B.A. , sociology
    North Carolina State University
  • B.L.A. , landscape architecture
    North Carolina State University
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about George F. Thompson Publishing, 25 Jan 2015 [cached]
Randolph T. Hester Professor of Landscape Architecture, Emeritus, at the University of California in Berkeley and Co-founder of the Center for Ecological Democracy
Randy Hester was born in Danville, Virginia, and raised in Hester's Corner, North Carolina. He completed his B.A. in sociology and B.L.A. in landscape architecture at North Carolina State University and his M.L.A. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He taught landscape architecture at the Pennsylvania State University and N.C. State before joining the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cal-Berkeley in 1980, where he retired in 2010. He now resides near Durham, North Carolina, where he and his wife, Marcia, are co-principals of the Center for Ecological Democracy, a design and planning firm they founded in 1985 that was originally called Community Development by Design. Randy is the author of numerous books, including Design for Ecological Democracy (The MIT Press, 2010), The Meaning of Gardens, edited with Mark Frances (The MIT Press, 1992), T he Community Design Primer (Ridge Times Press, 1990), Planning Neighborhood Space with People, 2nd Edition (Van Nostrand Rinehold, 1984), Community Goal Setting, co-authored with Frank J. Smith (Douden, Hutchinson, and Ross, 1982), and Neighborhood Space (Douden, Hutchinson, and Ross, 1975). Randy has also served on the Raleigh (NC) City Council and remains very active in an organization he founded in 1997, SAVE International, a program of the Earth Island Institute whose goal is to secure habitat and species protection worldwide for the endangered spoonbill.
Reviews — Iona Dreaming, 26 Sept 2012 [cached]
Randolph T. Hester, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley; author of Design for Ecological Democracy, and Cultivating Sacredness in the Everyday Landscape.
New York Times article on Caspar, 4 Aug 2002 [cached]
They worked out their vision, with assistance from Randy Hester, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who helps communities design public spaces.
Dr. Hester urged the Casparados to identify their most "sacred spaces" - first and foremost the headlands and the creek, with its spawning Coho salmon and lush tangles of wild roses and sweet peas.
"Many California towns, because of growth pressures and second-home development, are facing the question of what they are going to become," he said.
Caspar Plans Charrette, 26 Sept 2002 [cached]
Randy Hester, professor of Community Design at University of California at Berkeley, has once again been retained as ring master for this event, which is being described as a charrette.
Hester and a team of his graduate students came to Caspar five years ago to help the planning process that led to the Caspar Community's successful effort to preserve the Caspar headlands and purchase the old schoolhouse as a community center.
Metro Magazine, 1 Oct 2004 [cached]
Randy Hester, now the Director of Landscape Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, responded by bringing a cadre of students to Manteo. ,They stayed here for two semesters,, says Wilson. ,During that time they interviewed almost 200 residents and held countless town meetings trying to establish a 20-year Master Plan for Manteo., The process seems to have involved, at one time or another, almost all of the town,s then estimated population of 850 residents.
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