1623 5th St., Davis, CA 95616 530-758-5859 rl@radlab.com

Born: Haifa, Israel; Aug. 31, 1946; US Citizen.
Education: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Environmental Design and Film; 1964-68.

Richard Lowenberg is a tele-community planner, environmental designer, media artist and cultural activist. He is Executive Director of the Davis Community Network and Yolo Area Regional Network, in California. Richard is a consultant to the California Smart Communities Project. He was the founding Director of Telluride Institute's InfoZone Program in Colorado; served on the Governing Board of Colorado Advanced Technology Institute's Rural Telecommunications Program; and is now on the Advisory Board of the Association for Community Networking. His rural telecommunications and community development projects have received federal, state and local government grants; university and corporate support; and international media coverage and recognition. Richard has spoken, written and consulted on tele-community development initiatives in the US, Europe and Japan. His media arts and performance works ("Information Revolutions") have received numerous grants and awards and have been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally.

Davis Community Network (DCN)
Richard has been Executive Director of the Davis Community Network (DCN) and its Yolo Area Regional Network (YARN) initiative since October, 1996. This non-profit organization has to date received support from University of California at Davis, California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), City of Davis, County of Yolo, Davis Joint Unified School District, Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CivNet Grant), USGS' National Spatial Data Infrastructure Program, ESRI, Inc. and Army Corps' Hydrologic Engineering Center; and developed partnerships with Internet provider OmSoft Technologies, Yolo County Office of Education, Yolo County Libraries, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Resource Conservation District of Yolo County, County of Yolo and regional city governments, and many other government agencies, university departments, non-profit organizations and regional businesses. DCN and YARN are tele-community initiatives that will hopefully serve as 'living laboratories' within which to demonstrate 'an ecology of the information society'.

Telluride Institute: InfoZone Program
Richard was the founding director of Telluride Institute's InfoZone Program, a pragmatic model for enhanced community telecommunications infrastructure, public services and opportunities. Under his leadership, the small Southwest Rocky Mountain town of Telluride was the first (non-university, non-corporate) community in the U. S. to have a dedicated Internet POP, tied to a pervasive community telecomputing network. The InfoZone program received financial and technical support from: The Colorado Advanced Technology Institute; US Dep't. of Commerce, EDA (author of the 1995 "Rural Telecommunications and Economic Development Guide" web site) and NTIA/TIIAP; Colorado Supernet; Apple Computer's Library of Tomorrow Program; Tetherless Access, Ltd. (wireless community WAN); US West Communications; IBM; US Robotics and Global Village Communications; InFocus Systems; the Colorado Trust and the National Civic League's Healthy Communities Initiative ("REACH for Health book and web site); the ESRI Conservation Technology Support Program (GIS system); the Benton Foundation/National Endowment for the Arts' Open Studio: Arts Online Initiative; the Town of Telluride; San Miguel County and numerous regional businesses and individuals.
Richard was Program Director of the Telluride Institute, Telluride, CO, from its inception in 1984 to 1996; and co-organizer of the Institute's Deep West Arts programs, Composer-to-Composer events and the annual Telluride Ideas Festivals, including "Tele-Community '93".

Tele-Community Development
Tele-Community consulting, speaking and presenting engagements between 1993-99 include: Civic Networking Conference, Carnegie Institute, '93; Tele-Community '93, Telluride, CO, the Colorado Rural Telecommunications and Economic Development Workshops, '94-6; Seybold Conference, and Convergence '94, Boston; Ties That Bind, Community Networking Conferences, Cupertino, CA, and Taos, NM, '94-6; ParcBIT: jury member on an international design competition for development of a new tele-community, Balearic Islands (Mallorca), '94-95; Getty Conference on Arts, Education and the NII, Washington, DC, '95; ACRL Conference, Pittsburgh, '95; Society and the Future of Computing, Durango, CO '95; Governor's Conferences on the Arts and Technology, CA, '95-97; EcoTech, Corsica, 10/95; Sustainable Development and the Net, DC, 12/96; California Rural Telecommunications Workshop, Sacramento, and the Telecommunications Policy Summit, Davis, CA, 5/97; Tyrol Worldwide, Innsbruck, Austria, 10/97; RuralTeleCon, Aspen, CO, 10/97; Telecommunications and the City, U. of Georgia, Athens, GA, 3/98; Government Technology Conference, Sacramento, CA, 5/98; NTT Data Inforum, Tokyo, 10/98; and Digital Cities Workshop, Kyoto, 9/99.

Environmental Design
Design, Architecture and Planning projects include: Faraway Foundation: master planning of a 1000 acre land trust, retreat center and small community on Wilson Mesa, near Telluride, Colorado, 1994-5; ParcBIT: planning consultant to the government of the Balearic Islands (Mallorca), and jury member on an international design competition for development of a new Mediterranean tele-community, 1994; Telluride Historic Museum: preliminary planning and design of historic building, and exhibition spaces and concepts, 1993-94; Skyfield: telecommunications, energy efficiency, and waste-water systems planning and consultation for a new planned community in the Telluride region, for the Zoline Family Partnership, 1987-95; Telluride Mountain Village: first phase master planning and architectural design of new ski resort for the Telluride Company, 1979-81.
Additional and earlier projects include: residential designs, Sonoma, Marin and Malibu, CA, 1972-85; health and recreation facilities design, Castle Pines, CO, for Walker and Moody, Architects, 1982-3; research habitat for the Gorilla Foundation, Woodside, CA, 1983; The Farm, urban arts and agriculture facility planning, San Francisco, 1978; restaurant design, apartment renovation and wild game preserve planning, for Warner LeRoy, NYC, 1971-72; vest-pocket parks and playgrounds, for M. Paul Friedberg, Assoc's, NYC; special interior systems, American Can Company Headquarters, Greenwich, CT, for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; and Union Terminal, DC, renovation design, Chermayeff and Geysmar, NYC, 1968-71.

Media Arts
Richard Lowenberg's body of creative works since 1968, have pioneered in areas of art, science and technology interaction, with a primary focus on the social and economic implications of our developing 'information society'. Video, photo, audio and performance works include: "AeroDance", 1971; "Feed-Fields-Back", 1972; "Baja", 1975; "Bio-Dis-Plays", 1976-79; "Satellite Arts", 1977; "Gravitational-Field-Day", 1979-81; "Arts & Sciences", 1979; "Thermal Echoes", 1982; "IR", 1984-85; "Energy: A Love Story" and "Persian Love Song", 1991; "Friendly F(IR)e", 1992; and a long term series of works entitled "Information Revolutions", 1985-present.
Works have been exhibited and presented internationally, including at: the Whitney Museum, NYC, Berkeley Art Museum's Pacific Film Archives, 1971; Autumn Festival, France, 1972; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1975; Video Free America, San Francisco, and CADRE, San Jose, CA, 1985; the Venice Biennale, Italy, 1986; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, and LACE, Los Angeles, CA, 1987; Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, 1989-90; Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1990; the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, 1992; Davis Art Center, and the MIT/List Center for the Arts, Fall 1997.
Instruction, residencies and special projects include: Media Arts Instructor, Pratt Institute, NY, 1971-2; The Kitchen, NYC, 1971-2; sequence production, The Secret Life of Plants, Columbia Pictures, 1976-7; Washington Research Center, San Francisco, CA, 1976-9; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (various projects), 1976-81; National Geographic Society, KOKO the Gorilla, video production, 1978; LightWork, Syracuse, NY, 1990; Electronic Cafe International '93-6; SIGGRAPH '95; and many guest presentations at universities and colleges.
Personal arts grants and awards received include: support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NASA, and a number of high technology companies, 1971-present; San Francisco Society for Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA), 1975; JVC Video Award, Tokyo, 1980; National Endowment for the Arts, Media Arts, 1979/81; Art Matters, 1985; Telluride Council on the Arts, 1988/92; (National Endowment for the Arts) Helena Presents, Regional Initiatives: New Forms, 1993; Colorado Council on the Arts, CoVisions, 1993; and University of California: Bioregional Arts Residency, 1999.

Articles, Publications and Reviews
Included in: Computer Images; Silicon Visions; Worlds Beyond; Art Week; Rolling Stone; Leonardo, MIT Press; Camera and Darkroom; Telecommuting Review; Ten-8 (UK); Wired Magazine; Whole Earth Review; Communications Daily; Library Journal; Arts Wire; Christie's catalogue; Wall St. Journal; Business Week; PBS, ABC, NBC and CBS TV News; AP; British, Austrian, Swedish, Finnish and Japanese TV; Asahi Shimbun Press (Tokyo); Focus Magazine (Munich); L'Espresso (Italy); and NPR's All Things Considered.

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