The Future of the University of California (UCSC) and the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), is available in paperback and you may purchase it online.

Read a review of Lucas' book, The Future of the University of California (UCSC) and the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP).

The following is taken from the introduction to the book:

"Human alteration of the environment is nothing new. We have been doing it for millennia. These days however, to alter the environment all kinds of scientific studies, governmental agencies, laws, and acronyms are required (EIR, LRDP, CEQA, CWA, ESA, and CESA) to name a few. These acronyms are some of what the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) has to deal with every 15 years when they decide how to expand the campus in order to meet growing population and academic needs. This year it is known as the 2005-2020 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). Part of this book is meant to depart from all the bureaucracy associated with the LRDP. Instead of looking at the campus land in terms of mitigations and legalities, the photographs serve as a visual reference to the LRDP. They call for a visceral reaction, rather than one that is determined by motives and plans. They look at how we have changed the land, comparing aspects of our own design and that of nature. Sometimes they blend together, sometimes we overpower the natural settings, and sometimes nature takes back. Ansel Adams photographed this campus before it was constructed. Most of his photographs looked for beauty in the natural world (read "without people"). They were about an ideal nature, one that was unpolluted and full of expansive vistas and pure streams. His photographs served to convince people of the greatness of the natural world. Recently, photographers of nature have turned to another way. Instead of looking at nature without humans, they look at how humans have affected the environment. If humans are separate from nature then it doesn't matter how we affect it. Putting humans back into the picture reconnects us with nature, reveals our relationship to it, and shows that we may need to reconsider how we relate to nature. Included in the book is a summary of the LRDP and the critical concerns about it. There are interviews with faculty members, students, and administrators who were involved in the planning process. They present various views on the LRDP and Environmental Impact Report (EIR)."

For more information about the LRDP, see the official website.

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