Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning argues that a change in political vision is needed for bus rapid transit to catch on.
Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning argues that a change in political vision is needed for bus rapid transit to catch on.
CED alumnus Warren Heid was recently honored by the Saratoga City Council for his contributions to the region's architecture.
CED alum Jesus Barajas was awarded the Charley V. Wootan Memorial Award recognizing the best dissertation in policy and planning in transportation for 2016. Congratulations!
CED alumnus Bill Glass of Glass Associates, Inc. recently received a Design Award from AIA San Mateo.
Titled NINE ISLANDS, Professor Turan's installation calls into question the lifespan of a raw material.
According to Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning Daniel Chatman, commuter services like Chariot could ease budget strains if they reduce the amount of public transit needed.
College of Environmental Design alumnus and Professor Emeritus at the University of Iceland Trausti Valsson (PhD Environmental Planning ‘87) recently published an English translation of his autobiography.
After nearly 20 years of work as an architect and wellness advocate, College of Environmental Design alumnus Stuart Stoller (BA Arch ‘77) has retired.
CED is pleased to announce that faculty and staff members from the college received four excellence in advising awards and a nomination for a fifth award for 2016 from the UC Berkeley Advising Council.
A new photographic book by Professor Jean-Paul Bourdier will be available December 2016.
Due out in April 2017, Rael's new book is a biographical account of the physical barrier that divides the US and Mexico.
College of Environmental Design alumnus Jess Field (M.Arch ‘06) of Field Architecture won three prestigious design awards from the American Institute of Architects, Santa Clara Valley Chapter (AIASCV) in October.
The wall that president-elect Donald Trump wants to build will only have negative consequences for border economies because it will discourage legal flows, according to Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning Michael Dear.
In response to the feelings of tension, unease and anxiety after the conclusion of the US election, a group of second-year M.Arch students built a communal art piece in the Wurster Courtyard last week.
Professor Emerita of City and Regional Planning Judith Innes gave the Dean’s Lecture at the University of Melbourne School of Design in October on how collaborative planning is occurring informally in institutional voids.
The Bay Area is embracing what has come to be known as the Santana Row effect -- a nationwide planning trend that seeks to undo the great American enclosed mall and the cars that come with it.
A new and sleek venue has opened on the north edge of downtown Berkeley, a rustic yet modern three-story box that’s concrete on the bottom and copper up high.
A new market-rate micro-housing project in San Francisco's Hayes Valley was designed by CED alum and former Joseph Esherick Visiting Associate Professor David Baker.
College of Environmental Design alumna Ellen Greenberg (MCP/MS ‘90) was named the new Caltrans Sustainability Director in November.
The installation, titled Sea Level Stories, aims to spark conversation about climate change's inevitable consequences.
International Boulevard in Oakland is poised for a dramatic transformation: In December, AC Transit is expected to start construction on a $204 million project to bring a bus rapid transit system to the strip.
Design Innovation From Nature launches a new website in support of new campus-wide Minor in Design Innovation.
BOOM: A Journal of California aims to create a lively conversation about the vital social, cultural, and political issues of our times, in California and the world beyond.
We are very saddened to report that alumnus Mitchell J. Van Bourg (BA Arch ‘43) died at the age of 95 on November 10, 2016.
From all of us at the College of Environmental Design, we wish to extend a big THANK YOU to our alumni, faculty, students and friends who donated during UC Berkeley’s 24-hour Big Give fundraising event!
DEADLINE JAN 4, 2017. GROUND UP Journal, the ASLA award-winning annual publication of the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at the College of Environmental Design, is seeking submissions for its sixth annual issue.
In October, the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture honored the 40-year career of professor of architecture and College of Environmental Design alumnus Thomas Gordon Smith (M.Arch ‘75).
How well can one design for an unfamiliar culture with a different set of habits in the unknown landscape of a foreign land?
Alumna Jess Zimbabwe (M. Arch/M.C.P. '03 ) Director of The Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use has received the Social Impact Design Award from Inscape Publico.
Gyöngy Laky (B.A. Design '70, M.A. Design '71) has art work currently on display with the US Department of State, the Oakland Museum and the de Young Museum.
The 2016 Global Planners Educations Interest Group award is given to Ricard Cardoso (PhD City & Regional Planning '15) for his dissertation entitled: "The Crude Urban Revolution: Land Markets, Planning Forms and the Making of New Luanda "
DEADLINE FEB 12, 2017. Open to graduate students in the Professional Masters and Ph.D programs. The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship is a multidisciplinary program that brings together students and faculty for a year long fellowship with stipend.
What if cities could float when a flood or natural disaster hits? CED alum and founder of Arx Pax Greg Henderson (M.Arch ‘03) has developed a new technology to boost resiliency in coastal areas and flood zones by building over water.
For many Bay Area commuters, the region’s traffic and commute woes seem to be getting worse, and they are: Transportation experts are now saying that jobs are to blame.
At a recent presentation at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) center in Oakland, Assistant Adjunct Professor Karen Frick attempted to deconstruct megaprojects and how to manage them more effectively.
San Francisco’s ongoing housing crisis has not only displaced many of the city’s residents, it has also made it harder for companies to hire, increased pressure on developers and caused much debate over which housing policies could best solve the problem.
What’s the most valuable resource to boost American cities’ resilience in the face of climate change? According to Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design Nicholas de Monchaux, it’s the lowly vacant lot.
Using California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) as a case study, the paper assesses the distribution of rebates across census tracts and socioeconomic divisions for the program, which incentivizes buying fuel-efficient vehicles.
College of Environmental Design alumnus Alvaro Huerta (PhD Urban Planning ‘11) was the recipient of the 2016 Blakely Award for his dedication to social justice.
Associate Professor Ronald Rael and partner Virginia San Fratello are the 2016 recipients of the Digital Practice Award of Excellence at this year's ACADIA conference, Post Human Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines.
Pennsylvania Station, one of New York City’s main transit portals, once had a grand and ennobling entrance that announced the city in all its ambition and glory. Half a century ago, it lost its charm to a wrecking ball.
When a tech company recently approached College of Environmental Design Assistant Professor of Architecture Stefano Schiavon to test an air-conditioning system for its office, his mind went straight to flip-flops.
Habitat III, the major global summit formerly known as the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, took place for the first time in 20 years in Quito, Ecuador last week.
Conference presenters concluded that a successfully planned and built high-speed rail could become a tool for creating a whole new economic base, setting the bar for other states to follow suit.
The competition, modeled after the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon, asked teams to use modern building techniques and technology to maximize energy efficiency.
In a new study released by Glassdoor, an online job and recruiting site, architecture scored eighteenth out of the top fifty highest paying college majors.
Now in its eleventh year, the Fellowship is available to undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2017.
This is GROUND UP’s second Student ASLA Honor Award in the Communications category: The journal also won for its second edition, Issue 02: Grit, in 2013.
Carmen Rojas (MCP '05, PhD City & Regional Planning '10) was a panelist at the White House's South by South Lawn Festival.
Originally launched in 2009, the Sethi sisters have run their business as a jewelry wholesaler for the past seven years, selling their original designs in a number of stores across the country.
Chris Leong (BA Arch ‘00), a partner at Leong Leong and designer for the project, focused the building’s design to represent the mission and history of AAFE.
Girls Garage offers girls aged 9 to 13 the tools to create and explore building, engineering and design.
Associate Professor Jason Corburn has been selected to participate in Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
Renowned Vancouver architect Bing Thom (M.Arch ‘69) passed away on Tuesday in Hong Kong. He was 75.
A new discussion about how to best fund school facilities across the state is at the core of Proposition 51, a statewide bond measure up in November.
DEADLINE JAN 15, 2017. The Berkeley Planning Journal is seeking submissions related to the topic of displacement from students, scholars, practitioners, activists, artists, and writers across disciplines and specializations.
Blitz Architecture + Design Firm headed by Alumna Melissa Hanley (BA Architecture '06) received the project of designing Microsoft's new SF headquarters.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Bay Area outpaced the rest of the state and the country in economic growth, according to new data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.
DEADLINE OCT 25. Now in its 2nd year, CED's Diversity Platforms Committee has put out a call for proposals for projects that enrich the college's activities through Curricular Enrichment, Exhibits and Special Events.
Lisa Rayle, a City and Planning Ph.D. candidate, discusses her research, future endeavors, and her path toward her Ph.D. candidacy and research.
CED was recently ranked the sixth-best graduate program for architecture in the nation, the third-best institution for sustainability practice and the number one regional graduate program on the west coast.
Metcalf will teach a Spring 2017 graduate seminar titled “Regional Planning and Democratic Practice" investigating the intersection of regional planning and democratic theory.
Building Science in Architecture Ph.D. candidate Caroline Karmann discusses her career path leading to Ph.D candidacy.
DEADLINE NOVEMBER 1 -- For ARCH UNDERGRAD STUDENTS -- The nineteenth-annual Berkeley Prize Essay Competition focuses this year on the theme “architecture reveals communities.” Be sure to write your essay!
CED alumna Ariel Takata-Vasquez (MCP ‘14) has established a prominent urban boutique called Viscera Studio.
Specializing in reading patterns and stories of the land as inspiration for his designs, Wilkie’s past projects include a 100-year landscape strategy for the Thames River through London.
BASE has won the ASLA Communications Honor Award for its Roving Ranger project, which brings national park resources to underserved areas in California.
The book focuses on the transformation of the Tremont neighborhood from the 1860s to present day, detailing the history of the neighborhood as a sleepy farming community that was forever changed by industrialization.
Among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members, the designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments to the profession.
Deborah Berke was named the new Dean of the Yale School of Architecture in July.
Professor of Architecture Lisa Iwamoto's firm was awarded an Honor Award for her firm's work on the Bloomberg Tech Hub.
Associate Professor of Architecture Ron Rael and his wife Virginia San Fratello will be honored with the Digital Practice Award of Excellence at the 2016 ACADIA Conference at the University of Michigan.
College of Environmental Design undergraduate architecture student Jordan Coffey was chosen as one of the three artists-in-residence at Jacobs. He plans to weave designs and concepts of the past, present and future together through his work with textiles.
In June, the Berkeley City Council unanimously voted to place a 1.8 percent gross-receipts tax increase on the November ballot with the aim of raising an extra $5 million a year for affordable housing projects and homeless programs.
Due in part to a shortage of housing supply, the growing cost of housing has resulted in a post-recession economy with strong job growth but nowhere for employees to live.
Carme Pinós, an award-winning Spanish architect and educator, is the 2016 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize.
As many as 24,000 new housing units and parks could fill four tracts of land around San Francisco’s shoreline, but come with serious environmental risk: Most government forecasts say tides in the bay could rise as much as 66 inches by 2100.
Once a sleek, space-age system heralded as the country’s first high-tech subway, BART is now known for its overcrowding, regular breakdowns and delays. Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs weighs in.
Sheryl Bratton (B.A. Individual Major ‘85) has been assigned to oversee an employee workforce of more than 4,000 and a $1.6 billion budget for Sonoma County.
Work by CED Alum Kin Lam (M.Arch '10) and Xibing Yang (M.L.A. '09) has been selected for the 2016 AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibit. Their work Symbiosis proposes a design for earthquake-resistant structures in Sichuan, China.
College of Environmental Design's Graduate Program in Architecture ranks 6th for 2017 for the second year in a row.
Sophie Taddeo, an LAEP Ph.D. candidate, steps out of the Delta's wetlands to discuss her path toward her Ph.D. candidacy and research.
"Local Code," published by Princeton Architectural Press is now available. Focuses on the ecological and social potential of underutilized and unmaintained public land.
Center for the Build Environment Announces funding to develop ways to integrate commercially available “smart” ceiling fans and communicating thermostats, and to evaluate how they may improve energy efficiency.
UrbanSim aims to help urban planners better understand the impact of interventions, but also to increase the inclusiveness and transparency of planning processes by involving citizens.
While nearly half of Americans say they've personally struggled to pay rent or know someone who has, there's very little data available on rental market activity nationally.
Work by Alumni Lyndon Neri (B.A. Arch ‘87) and Rossana Hu (B.A. Arch ‘90) is currently on view in an exhibit on contemporary Chinese architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Exhibit continues through October 13th.
CED visiting professors discuss their experience teaching a graduate course on tackling inequality through equitable development in the Bay Area.
Professor Mary Comerio cited cost issues and disagreements on how to retrofit buildings as central problems to the reinforcement of historical sites.
On Friday, August 26, the Hands-On 5 Art Book Exhibition will feature the latest additions to the Environmental Design Library’s growing collection of nearly 250 artists’ books.
The College of Environmental Design saw a number of faculty transitions this summer.
TUE, 9/30 - 11/29; 1:00pm - 2:00pm, 172 Wurster. Please join us for a series of fascinating lectures about issues facing global cities offered by the the Masters of Urban Design program. Free and open to the public.
As a faculty member at CED since 2007, Professor Caldeira's work examines the relationships between urban form and political transformation in the context of democratization.
Kennedy & Violich Architecture recently received an award for Excellence in Architecture for their design of the Tozzer Anthropology Building at Harvard.
Students from the Summer [IN]stitute explored architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable city planning with a focus on sustainability.
Professor Dear argues that walls do not ultimately work as permanent solutions to conflict, and therefore always fail.
Professor Caldeira explains how contested aspects of urban space relate to gender and LGBTQA communities.
Students in the Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities Program were challenged to craft innovative, design-based solutions to global environmental issues affected by increasing urbanization.
A new consulting service called Handy uses academic research and principles of feng shui to turn unsightly living spaces into relationship magnets.
A new building called the Fair-Haired Dumbbell in Portland's Burnside Bridgehead district is being built through crowdfunding.