The following courses are offered for fall 2020. For more information, see the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.
Please note: this list will be amended as the schedule develops.
ENVDES 1 [Faculty]
Introduction to Environmental Design
Description: This course provides an introduction to design, 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 make 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. The course is open to all undergraduate students.
ENVDES 4A [Castillo]
Design and Activism
Description: This course explores the relationships between design and 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.
ENVDES 104 [Faculty]
Description: This course begins with an open-ended question (“What is design?”) and asks students to think critically about the central tenets, commonalities, and limits of design in an ever-changing and complex world. An historical and theoretical overview of predominant schools of thought across all scales of design (e.g. industrialization, modernism, post-modernism) will ground the discussions. Topics related to environmental sustainability including industrial ecologies, ecological design principles, lifecycle, biomimicry, LEED and accreditation systems, and closed-loop cycles will be presented.
ENVDES 198 [Faculty]
Directed Group Study: Introduction to Sustainable Design
A description is forthcoming
ENVDES 201 [Faculty]
A title and description are forthcoming
ENVDES 251 [Calott]
Discourse and Methods in Contemporary Urban Design
Description: The course is the first of three courses (251, 252, 253) directed toward the development of research and design proposals that advance the field of urban design. As the first course in the sequence, ENVDES 251 introduces topics and research methods in contemporary urban design. There is a lecture component (SEC 001) that is open to the College and campus. Graduate students preparing for theses and professional reports in urban design will enroll in SEC 002, which includes attending the lectures as well as a seminar that expands on the lecture topics by exploring various research and design methodologies.