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 the question: what is design? To answer, we will study design as a process with clear features and structure. We will consider design to be a reflective practice, characterized by learning, and use that learning to advance our understanding of how to make the environment more sustainable. The class posits four ideas to frame a design practice as increasingly instrumental in moving towards a sustainable future. These four practices — practice as material culture, practice with time, in-relation, and with complexity — will form a critical framework for examining sustainable issues and focus the design learning. This framework will examine issues and topics of environmental sustainability, including design ecologies, lifecycles, design systems, technology, community, economies, and material flows.
Students will need to access word processing and editing software, research databases, and presentation software (i.e., Keynote or PowerPoint) for written and visual presentation work. SketchUp will be required for the assignments, which can be accessed through computing at CED or purchased directly. The course also requires a sketchbook.
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.