ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 1
People and Environmental Design
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.
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN R3B
Whither Sustainability? Society, Technology, and Design
Sustainability is a term that has garnered significant attention in recent decades for very good reasons. Climate change and social unrest, sea level rise and the migrant crisis are often connected with each other, and represent pressing challenges transcending national boundaries and political regimes. This course will investigate key ideas about sustainability, critically evaluate its main strands, and consider possibilities for the future. How have architects, designers, and urban planners addressed sustainability? Are environmental politics associated with privilege? And how can we advocate for environmental justice from within the design disciplines? As a reading and composition course, the required texts will expose students to different types of writing about architecture, landscape, and the environment, and how competing arguments are presented in writing and build on each other.
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 4B
The study of cities is more important than ever; for the first time in history more people live in urban than rural areas, and cities will account for all of the world's population growth for at least the next half-century. We will explore the challenges facing global cities in the 21st Century and expose students to some of the key texts, theories, and methods of inquiry that shape the built environment, from the human scale of home and community to the regional scale of the megacity.
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 4C
Future Ecologies: Urban Design, Climate Adaptation, and Thermodynamics
This course is intended to provide students with an overview of current thinking about cities and their components (buildings, parks, streets) as ecological and cultural systems. It will provide an introduction to methods for investigating the dynamics of flows and relationships in the built environment and students will gain experience constructing their own narratives as ways of asking and answering questions about human habitat that could shape the future.
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 101A
Writing about Environmental Design: Short Compositions
An intensive workshop for students interested in writing about architecture, landscape, and the built environment. Recognizing that undergraduate students who take this course represent departments outside as well as within the College of Environmental Design, assignments are touchstones for students of different disciplines to bring their current academic interests into play when writing about environmental design. Weekly assignments include prose readings and essays related to life experience. Brief readings and discussions during each class along with weekly writing assignments of 3-5 pages of prose will illustrate the skills involved in the craft of writing.
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 106, 001
Sustainable Environmental Design Workshop
Over the last decades, urban sustainability discourses have in no small part included a critical re-examination of the street as a public space. As our cities grow in scale and put pressure on communities and economies, how might the streets become a focal point for more productive sustainable and socially equitable space? The design of the streetscape increasingly serves as a stand-in for the status civic life, and is seen as a tool for crime reduction and improved social cohesion. In this capstone Sustainable Environmental Design workshop, students will examine the urban street through the lenses of policy and design to produce forward-thinking plans for how streets might shape our public interactions in the future.
Section 1 Design Studio: Revolutionizing the Parklet
Through the lens of livable streets, this design studio will examine the precedent and comparative policies for urban parklets as sustainable design interventions in public space. Students will be challenged to design and propose an innovative archetype for future parklets that addresses issues of equity, energy, water, ecology, and related sustainable design features.
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 106, 002
Sustainable Environmental Design Workshop
Over the last decades, urban sustainability discourses have in no small part included a critical re-examination of the street as a public space. As our cities grow in scale and put pressure on communities and economies, how might the streets become a focal point for more productive sustainable and socially equitable space? The design of the streetscape increasingly serves as a stand in for the status civic life, and is seen as a tool for crime reduction and improved social cohesion. In this capstone Sustainable Environmental Design workshop, students will examine the urban street through the lenses of policy and design to produce forward-thinking plans for how streets might shape our public interactions in the future.
Section 2 Research Lab: Politics of Public Space
Taking San Francisco’s SoMa district as a case study, this research lab will examine the social, political, cultural, and ecological complexities of producing urban public space. Students will examine a variety of design and planning proposals at work in SoMa, map and analyze the major community organizations, developers, and other stakeholders in the area, and develop a set of design guidelines and/or interventions for SoMa’s public space.
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 252
Urban Place Studies
This seminar focuses on individual urban design interests, the design and research work that students are pursuing in other courses, and development of thesis or final design projects.