Yunwen Tu, a Bay Area pioneer and masterful food design expert, was chosen to showcase her food design projects and curate the design and art exhibition at the 2018 Berkeley-Stanford Food Innovation & Design Symposium “Connected Food Futures: Cultivating Connections Across the Food Supply Chain” at UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies. The event was to feature more than 100 academics, farmers, makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, chefs, students, food industry professionals and more.
Food has long linked people to their environments and each other. Now, from farm to table, technological innovation is making the global food system increasingly connected and complex. The symposium’s goal is to cultivate connections across the food supply chain to design collaborative solutions to food system challenges.
Attendees represent creative individuals in the food chain who will gather to co-create the future of a connected food system.
Tu was to highlight a collection of her food design projects covering two topics:
- The future of food experience (including the “Protein Fantasy,” “Sweet Space” and “Eating in Space” presentations) — how she conceptualizes/designs food for the “future.”
- The future of food education (“Seed+Sheets” and “In the Balance — Food Carbon Footprint”) — how to improve the environment for food education.
Tu’s passion is to create a fun, meaningful eating experience, engage the public to learn about food facts and inspire people to build a better environment for food education in the future. She is constantly looking for ways to push design boundaries and rethink what will be the global food diaspora after 2030 resulting from current environmental, socio-economic, political, and technological trends. The all-day symposium was set to take place May 17.
— Victoria Sánchez De Alba, for FoodInno Institute
Judge rules in city’s favor in its fight to keep post office
A federal judge has ruled in favor of the city of Berkeley in its lengthy and complicated effort to stop the U.S. Postal Service from selling the historic main post office building in the city’s downtown to a buyer who would use it for commercial purposes.
The saga began in 2012, when the Postal Service said it wanted to sell the building at 2000 Allston Way — which was built in 1914 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places — as part of a plan to sell hundreds of post offices across the country because it faced financial problems.
The city filed suit to stop the Postal Service from selling the building, but a judge dismissed the suit. In 2014 the city countered by creating what it called the Civic Center District Overlay, which restricts the use of nine buildings clustered around Civic Center Park — including the post office, Old City Hall, the Veterans Memorial Building, the YMCA and other buildings — to civic or nonprofit uses.
The Postal Service fought back by filing a lawsuit against the city, claiming that the city had singled it out, thereby violating the supremacy clause of the Constitution, and that the creation of the overlay made the post office building impossible to sell by significantly reducing its value.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected the Postal Service’s arguments, ruling that it “had established no entitlement to relief on its claims.”
— Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News
Empowering ‘Play Like a Girl’ event set for Sunday
Girls who play sports have been found to score better on standardized test results go on to earn 7 percent higher annual wages than than girls and young women who don’t play sports.
Playing sports is also widely believed to boost girls’ self-esteem. So the city of Albany is encourage girls on May 20 to kick, run, shoot and “Play Like a Girl.”
The Play Like a Girl event is aimed at getting girls involved in sports in a fun and supportive environment. The city of Albany, the Albany Unified School District and organizations from Albany, Berkeley, Oakland and beyond will offer more than 20 different sports to try out. Each organization will offer hands-on activities so that girls ages 2 through 17 can really experience each sport.
There will also be music, demonstrations and fabulous raffle prizes including a free sports camp! The city encourages those interested to bring their sisters, daughters, cousins or neighbors to this fabulous for all girls young and old. Mothers can participate too.
— Eva Phalen, Albany Recreation Department