Disc* [Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities]


JULY 3 - AUGUST 4, 2017

The Urban Design and Fast-Prototyping project derives directly from a study carried out in the field. Through hand-sketching, target photography, fast-mapping, and post-occupancy surveys, students begin to develop the observation skills of the urbanist. Students are also exposed to different methodologies to observe cities’ public space and public life and to collect and process data, learning to produce compelling analyses that inform their designs.


Site Visits

The purpose of Disc* site visits is two-fold. On the one hand, students deepen their understanding of the urban process by exploring sites that epitomize the most relevant challenges of urbanization. On the other, students are granted direct access to some of the places where innovative urban solutions are conceived and fabricated. Guided by Bay Area urbanists, students visit a variety of sites, ranging from future regional infrastructure hubs to epicenters of gentrification and social exclusion, to enclaves of wildness and biodiversity in the city. Led by expert practitioners, students are on the scene of several cutting-edge digital manufacturing facilities and globally recognized design practices.

"The field trips were essential! I really appreciate the multiple layers of urban design we were exposed to." 

-Disc*2016 alum

Field Trip 1 | Regional + City | July 6th
Mt. Tamalpais – Bay Model – Exploratorium Fisher Bay Observatory
Field Trip 2 | City + Neighborhood | July 13th
SPUR – San Francisco Site Visits
Field Trip 3 | Walkabout - Ali Sant | July 13th
Eastern Waterfront – Heron’s Head Park

Past site visit itineraries include:

Exploratorium Studios and SF Living Innovation Zone (LIZ)
Tinkering Studio
Outdoor Studio
Exploratorium Fabrication Shops
Closed Door Visit to the Exploratorium Exhibit
San Francisco Living Innovation Zone (LIZ)
Visit Led By Steve Gennrich, Outdoor Studio Director and Luigi Anzivino, Tinkering Studio
Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop and Autodesk Gallery
Autodesk Pier 9 Digital Fabrication Lab
Instructables.com Headquarters
Autodesk Gallery
Visit led by John Bela, Artist in Residence at Autodesk