Flex Studios at the College of Environmental Design (CED) are key locations in Wurster Hall for dynamic and collaborative activity. Since CED is founded upon both intellectual exploration and hands-on learning, studio spaces offer the unmatched opportunity to explore the world and imagine creative solutions that can shape it for the better.
Fall 2018 Activity Update
The Urban Resilience Project with Hong Kong University
An exciting new partnership has formed between CED and Hong Kong University to create a 3-year collaborative research studio dedicated to strategies for improving the resiliency and climate change response plans for both the East Bay and Hong Kong. An innovative collaboration around a compelling set of challenges, this studio will contribute to real world solutions with far reaching implications. CED’s flex studio space is the perfect venue for the synthesis of ideas and the hands-on collaboration that a partnership of this nature will require.
The Ghostship Studio
In direct response to the 2016 Oakland, CA fire that took the lives of 36 beloved community members at the Ghostship warehouse and artist collective, CED initiated a studio to dissect the various dynamics that local governments, community residents, the construction industry and landlords must play to eliminate the chance of future tragedies like this one. Claudia Cappio, Development Director for the City of Oakland, taught this hands on, collaborative studio to push CED students to think outside the box when it comes to policy, planning and building management solutions. The studio, which took place during the spring 2018 semester, was made possible through a generous gift from CED alumnus Greg Perloff and his wife Laura Perloff.
The Boyce Housing Competition Studio
The James R. Boyce Affordable Housing Studio course also takes place in CED’s flex studio space. In 2018 this class was co-taught by Carol Galante, Faculty Director of the Terner Center and the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor of Affordable Housing and Urban Policy as well as David Baker and Daniel Simons from David Baker Architects. This course integrated the latest methodologies around financing and affordable housing design, while also addressing prevalent social issues like homelessness. The studio convened student teams from across the fields of architecture, city planning and real estate development, who competed to create the most compelling financial models and design plans, judged by a team of professionals at an end-of-term symposium.