The Cal Design Lab at Wurster was established in spring 2010 as an experimental studio space to promote hands-on, interdisciplinary design. Faculty and students from UC Berkeley's many schools and departments come together at the Cal Design Lab to work on critical design challenges. The goal of the lab is to be a nexus for interdisciplinary activity and to facilitate discourse that will help Berkeley to forge a strong identity around its multi-faceted strengths in design.
The lab offers formal space for interdisciplinary seminars and project, as well as informal space for student teams to work, relax and chat, and interact with design coaches or mentors. It is a basic workroom with polished floors and white boards, foam-core bi-folds, work and drafting tables, sofas and chairs, and meeting tables. This flexible space fosters studio culture. Unlike classrooms and bench-lab space, the teams here can form, expand, and disband according to a project’s scope and schedule. Space can be reconfigured for occasional lectures and workshops by invited guests and experts. And the open floor plan encourages cross-pollination of ideas and impromptu critiques.
The Cal Design Lab acts as the nexus for the many design-related activities taking place all across the Berkeley campus. For example, the Lab now serves as ground zero for a number of student-led initiatives on campus, such as Berkeley's Design for America chapter, Berkeley Innovation, and the Design and Innovation Strategy Club. Student teams and groups are invited to design and prototype green products, frame innovative business ventures, craft social marketing campaigns, collaborate around design competitions; and more. In addition, the Lab has hosted classes on the role of design as a competitive strategy in the lab, as well as introductory courses, mini-courses, and project-based courses from architecture, engineering, and business.
Courses, Clinics and Workshops
See the Cal Design Lab online calendar for classes, workshops, student club meetings and other activities being hosted at the CDL.
To schedule time for your design group or activity in the Cal Design Lab, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cal Design Lab logo image: Cynthia Lou.