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  • 1996-2002 Member of the Board of Trustees of US/ICOMOS.  (1999-2002 Member of the Executive Committee.)

  • 2000 Member of the Organizing Committee of the UNESCO/ICOMOS Conference: Earthquake-Safe; The Seismic Performance of Traditional Buildings, held in Istanbul, Turkey, November 2000. The papers from the conference are published on the Web.

  • 2000-2001 Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Georgetown Condominium, 2500 Q Street, NW, Washington DC, 20007, a 274 unit Condominium.

  • 1990-1992 Organizer and Chairman of the AIA Quake Repairs Committee & Co-Chair of the SB547 Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Committee. This was a voluntary group of architects and engineers organized to work with the City of Oakland to improve the City's post-Loma Prieta Earthquake regulations.

  • 1988-89 Member: Historic Preservation Task Force, City of Oakland Planning Department. The Task Force was established by the City Planning Department in order to draft a Historic Preservation Element for the City's Master Plan.

  • 1989 While in Srinagar, Kashmir (India), Langenbach encouraged efforts to change government urban renewal policies away from the destruction of the historic areas, by working closely with a Member of the Legislative Council, meeting with a leader in the ruling National Conference Party and with other community leaders, and with leaders in New Delhi. A report and alternative plans are forthcoming. (The 1982 Historic Preservation Magazine article on India and Kashmir was influential in the establishment in 1983 of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, which has begun efforts to conserve parts of the City of Srinagar.)

  • 1989-1991 Volunteer advocacy work to save the City of Oakland's Broadway Building, a distinguished flat-iron shaped office building in the City Center area. This work delayed the demolition, which was followed by the developer losing control of the building, which was subsequently purchased by the City, and restored as part of the City's administrative office complex.

  • 1988-89 As a board member of the Oakland Heritage Alliance, Langenbach produced an alternative plan and organized a team of experts to draft an alternative structural analysis and cost estimates to attempt to preserve the 1920 University High School Building (also known as the Grove St. Campus) in Oakland. The effort stimulated the creation of a powerful new community group that actively worked to conserve this building. (Cf: East Bay Express, Feb. 17, 1989, p 3.) The building was saved, and has since been restored as a Senior Center and as an extension to Oakland Children's Hospital.

  • 1988-89 In response to a request for assistance from the Committee to Save the Alameda Carnegie Library, Alameda, California, produced alternative schematic designs showing a new addition to the building.

  • 1987-88 As a board member of the Oakland Heritage Alliance, Langenbach provided many legal and technical briefs as well as alternative designs submitted before the Oakland City Planning Commission in an attempt to save the 1921 4th Church of Christ Science Building. The effort was supported by the Planning Commission, but lost by one vote at the City Council. This building was lost after a close vote at the City Council, but the campaign resulted in the creation of the Historic Preservation Task Force, responsible for drafting an Historic Preservation Element for the City's General Plan.

  • 1985 Exhibition: Joseph Esherick: An Exhibition of Work, Wurster Hall Gallery, May-June 1985. Exhibition designed and installed at the UCB College of Environmental Design, and the UCLA School of Architecture by Randolph Langenbach. The exhibition was sponsored by the Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, and Esherick, Homsey, Dodge and Davis, Architects. The exhibition has traveled to galleries at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, the University of Nebraska, the University of Pennsylvania, and The American Institute of Architects Annual Meeting in 1986.

  • 1977-80 Individually initiated effort to encourage conservation of historic industrial buildings in Lancashire and Yorkshire, in Great Britain. The project was supported in 1978 by the conservation group, SAVE Britain's Heritage. The 1979 London Exhibition, the 1980 Bradford Exhibition, and the publication of the report Satanic Mills, all sponsored by SAVE, resulted in a substantial change in Government policy in several industrial cities and also in the organization of several local conservation projects. (cf: David Lowenthal, Chapter 8, Conserving the Heritage: Anglo-American Comparisons, p 262, in The Expanding City, John Patten, Editor, Academic Press, N.Y.C. 1983.)

  • 1971 Individually initiated effort to preserve the Crown and Eagle Mills, North Uxbridge, Massachusetts. Following publication of the 1971 article in the Boston Globe, this effort included the initial raising of funds and negotiations to acquire the historic buildings by a preservation group. A developer intending to preserve the building acquired it, but it was destroyed by fire set by vandals in 1975. Because of the earlier publicity and the original plans to conserve the building, the project for the site was carried out by a new developer who reconstructed the building within the ruins.

  • 1968-1978 An individually initiated effort through publications to preserve the Amoskeag Mills, Manchester, N.H. for its historic, architectural and urban design importance. The Urban Renewal Project, underway in 1968, resulted in the destruction of much of the complex, but the remaining housing and many of the surviving mills have since been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and rehabilitated. Publicity surrounding the mills was an important stimulus for the founding of the National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. (Cf: Ada Louis Huxtable, Lessons in Urbicide, in Goodbye History, Hello Hamburger, The Preservation Press, Washington, 1986, pp 102-5. In subsequent years, many of the individual mill buildings in the millyard have been restored, and the effort to preserve the Amoskeag Mills helped to stimulate the designation of Lowell, Massachusetts as a National Park.



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