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New: Berkeley Charrette to Plan Future of Telegraph Avenue on Friday and Saturday

By Becky O'Malley
Thursday April 12, 2012 - 11:55:00 AM

Berkeley Design Advocates, described at as “a private company …established in 2009 and incorporated in California” with Anthony Bruzzone as its principal, is sponsoring a charrette (Wikipedia: “an intense period of design activity”) on Friday and Saturday on what it calls “The Telegraph Project 2012”. 

Goals are described in the schedule for the event. 

"The Telegraph Project focuses on the built environment of Telegraph Avenue from Dwight Way to Bancroft Way. We will use the charrette process to consider a range of questions, including but not limited to:
  • How can Telegraph regain its strength as a commercial destination?
  • What role can development play and what form should it take?
  • How can improvements to street and other public spaces accelerate Telegraph’s positive transformation, while retaining Telegraph's spirit?
  • How can Telegraph enhance the livability of the surrounding neighborhood?
  • Can Telegraph benefit from unrealized synergies with the University?
  • How can change promote Berkeley’s tradition of tolerance and social justice?"
The full schedule can be seen here  

There are two sessions planned: a background session at 5 p.m. on Friday April 13 at Trinity Methodist Church, 2362 Bancroft Way, followed by the actual charrette on at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday April 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana Street. A "walk-around" will start on Friday at 3:30 at UC's Unit 1 dormitory, according to Roland Petersen of the Telegraph Business Improvement District, which is participating in the event. 

According to an article by Tracey Taylor on, members of the public can attend but must register in advance at

For more information about participating, Berkeley Design Advocates can be called at (510) 845-7009.