Academics

ENV DES Fall 2017 Courses

Environmental Design

Below are currently offered courses for the fall 2017 semester. For any other course information, see the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.


ENV DES 1 [de Monchaux]

People and Environmental Design

  • Course Format: Three hours of lecture and two hours of discussion per week.
  • Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Student will receive no credit for 1 after taking 4.
  • Description: Environmental design involves the study of built, natural, global, and virtual environments. Various forms of practice include architecture, planning, urban design, and social and environmental activism. This course is a survey of relationships between people and environments, designed and non-designed, with an introduction to the literature and professional practices. Open to all undergraduate students in the College of Environmental Design as well as other colleges and majors.

Extended Course Description

How are cities made? Why are gardens necessary? Why are the things we build the largest driver of environmental change? And what can we do about it? This course will teach anyone how to start to be a designer, not just of drawings and objects, but also buildings, landscapes and urban spaces; And not just in isolation, but in the complex web of ecological and man-made systems which makes up our shifting environment. You will take from the course first-hand experience of drawing, measuring, and design — which form the basis of the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning— and which culminate in a final design project in the course. You will also learn how practitioners from antiquity to the present have thought and written about the problems designers still face today; how to draw, how to build, and how to make meaningful places in a constantly changing world. The course is open to all undergraduate students in the College of Environmental Design as well as other colleges and majors, with no prior experience assumed or required.

Env Des 4A [Staff]

Design & Activism

  • Course Format: Three hours of lecture per week
  • Description: This course explores the relationships between design & activism, raising critical questions about what design is, and how designers serve as guardians of culture and as agents of change. Students will participate in "spontaneous acts of design activism" that address contemporary issues through the making of forms and space to reinvent relationships between people and their environments.

ENV DES 101B [Lifchez] 

Writing about Environmental Design: One Longer Composition

  • Course Format: Three hours of seminar per week.
  • Prerequisites: English 1B and consent of instructor.
  • Formerly 101
  • Credit option: Course may be repeated once for credit.
  • Description: In 101B: The Notebook (one long composition in 14 weekly assignments) assigned readings (principally short stories) offer examples of writing which parallel the focus of the week's writing assignment. Prompts and assigned readings encourage the individual development of a "story" or "theme" that each student at the outset or in the process of writing, arrives at a personal narrative. Course approved for English department credit and UC Undergraduate Minor in Creative Writing.

ENV DES 102 [Staff] 

Critical Debates in Sustainable Urbanism

  • Course Format: Three hours of lecture per week.
  • Description: The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge and insight into the major issues and debates relating to sustainabiltiy. By the end of the course, students should have a critical understanding of the complexity and scale of the sustainability challenge, how different actors characterize and understand sustainability, the approaches that have been developed to implement these varyig vissions, and the institutional, political, and individual barriers to these visions.

 

ENV DES 198 [Staff] 

Directed Group Study

  • Course Format: One to four hours of directed group study per week.
  • Prerequisites: Restricted to 3rd and 4th year students.
  • Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog.
  • Grading option: Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis.
  • Description: This is a special topics course intended to fulfill the individual interests of students, and provide a vehicle for professors to instruct students based on new and innovative developments in the field of environmental design.

ENV DES 201 [Staff] 

Urban Places Advanced Design Studio

  • Course Format: Three hours of seminar and five hours of studio per week.
  • Prerequisites: Students enrolled in the Master of Urban Design program have priority. Others welcome with consent of instructor.
  • Description: An intensive studio involving collaborative work on problems that are large in scope, yet require attention to spatial organization and design details. The studio course is offered each fall semester and required for incoming graduate students in the Master of Urban Design Program (MUD). The course is also open to College of Environmental Design graduate students of advanced standing in the Master of City Planning Program/ Urban Design Concentration, the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture Programs.

ENV DES 251 [Staff] 

Discourse and Methods in Contemporary Urban Design

  • Course Format: One to three hours of seminar per week.
  • Prerequisites: The one unit section is open to all students. The three unit section is for students enrolled in the Master of Urban Design program or those who have obtained the consent of the instructor.
  • Description: The course is the first of three courses (ED251, ED252, ED253) directed toward the development of research and design proposals that advance the field of urban design. As the first course in the sequence, ED251 introduces topics and research methods in contemporary urban design. There is a lecture component (Section 1) that is open to the College and campus. Graduate students preparing for theses and professional reports in urban design will enroll in Section 2, which includes attending the lectures as well as a seminar that expands on the lecture topics by exploring various research and design methodologies.

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ENV DES 298 [Staff]

Directed Group Study

  • Course Format: One to four hours of directed group study per week.
  • Prerequisites: Restricted to graduate students.
  • Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog.
  • Grading option: Must be taken on a satisfactory / unstaisfactory basis.
  • Description: This is a special topics course intended to fulfill the individual interests of students, and provide a vehicle for professors to instruct students based on new and innovative developments in the field of environmental design.