CED Frontiers

Initiative 1 | Research Impact


To continue our leadership in research and to increase our ability to mount large-scale multidisciplinary projects needed to address the large-scale problems of today, we need a more solid foundation of support for faculty research at CED, and better ways to communicate and disseminate our discoveries.

The Research Impact initiative will help faculty grow their research programs, identify major grant and contract opportunities, provide much-needed staff and physical infrastructure, and improve our capacity to communicate research results and creative accomplishments. In addition, this Initiative will aim to increase our ability to support the research of young faculty and graduate students, who need laboratories, equipment, and financial support to build the research enterprises of the future.

Summer 2016 Activity Update

CED Research Retreat

On May 11th CED hosted a topically-focused faculty research retreat that highlighted the theme of ‘Smart Cities’, while uncovering new opportunities for CED faculty to engage in cross-campus research. ‘Smart Cities’ proved to be a worthy topic because of the way in which technology is transforming our future urban experience.  As cities grow, planners and design practitioners play an important role in incorporating new communication tools and big data into our urban infrastructure, government operations, and every-day life. Berkeley's new Vice Chancellor for Research, Paul Alivisatos, joined the conversation by sharing his perspective on the role of technology in Berkeley-wide research. He also unveiled a research funding opportunity that will encourage faculty to explore the themes of inequity, global change, and resilience at Berkeley and beyond.

Following his remarks, CED faculty presented on current research projects that pertain to ‘Smart Cities’. Gail Brager spoke on behalf of the Center for the Built Environment (CBE), reporting on efforts to study innovation in building design and efficiency, fabrication, and sustainable materials. Louise Mozingo represented the Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR) conveying the latest findings on zero-carbon buildings, greenhouse gas reduction programs, pedestrian/bicycle friendly street planning, and beyond.  Jason Corburn discussed the various urban equity projects coming out of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD), which range from strategies to curb gentrification in American cities, fieldwork that addresses housing deficits in places like Brazil, and strategies that reduce gun violence in cities like Richmond, CA.   Paul Waddell wrapped up the morning by reporting on the use of simulation and visualization programs to simulate alternative planning processes that will enhance our urban future.