John is an urban designer and landscape architect focused on public space design. As Rebar founder and principal, John has created some of the group’s most groundbreaking and memorable work such as Park(ing) Day, The Panhandle Bandshell, The Civic Center Victory Garden, Parkcycle Swarm, and others. A pioneer in user-generated urbanism, John has successfully completed many projects that involve radical new formulations of social space. John lectures and teaches worldwide, is a Senior Lecturer at the California College of Arts in San Francisco and a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of California, Berkeley; Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts; and Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. John is a registered Landscape Architect in the state of California.
email: john [at] rebargroup.com
Landscape & Urban Design
EVENTS, APPEARANCES, TEACHING
(R)evolutionary Parks, The Future of Open Space. Organized by the National Endowment for the Arts at the National Archives, Washington, DC. 1/11/2012
User generated urbanism and the adaptive metropolis. Sustainable City Conference. Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 23, 2011.
Generous Urbanism. Contemporary, Fun and Temporary. Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 11-16, 2010.
Technocratic City Planning versus user generated urbanism. Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Ecological Urbanism symposium, April 3-5, 2009.