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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.
Randall T. Hester is ..., 7 Jan 2010 [cached]
Randall T. Hester is professor and past chair, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley; and co-founder of SAVE International.
Prof Hester is quite right to point out the double standards to environmental issues that we regularly suffer from in the western world.
Earth Island Institute: Earth Island Journal - Spring 2003, 1 April 2003 [cached]
In September 2002, SAVE members Randy Hester and Barbara Butler traveled to Taiwan to speak at an ecotourism workshop sponsored by Magistrate Su.
Member News | ACSP: Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning [cached]
The MIT School of Architecture + Planning has named landscape architect/sociologist Randolph Hester the winner of the 2011 Kevin Lynch Award. The award is presented biannually for outstanding scholarship and/or practice in urban design, planning and landscape design.
Hester is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design at UC Berkeley.
Hester is a founder of the research movement to apply sociology to the design of neighborhoods, cities and landscapes. His work extends Lynch's legacy by focusing on the role of citizens in community design and ecological planning. Professor Hester is a strong advocate for community participation in the development of what he calls ecological democracies and sacred landscapes - spaces that grow from true understanding of a local community's needs and the potential of its resources.
During his thirty years as a professor Berkeley, Hester served as Chair of Berkeley's Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning. He authored ten books and numerous articles on citizen participation and socially democratic planning, including Neighborhood Space (1975), Planning Neighborhood Space with People (1982), Community Design Primer (1990) and most recently Design for Ecological Democracy (2006).
According to Amy Glasmeier, head of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, "The receipt of the Lynch award recognizes Randy Hester's contribution to the valuation of the citizen's view of his or her community and how this perspective is a vital component to urban design."
The award will be presented to Hester on April 8 at 5:30PM in MIT's Media Lab Complex, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA.
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.
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