The Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR) is a center that fosters research in environmental planning and design, ranging from the local environments of people within buildings to region-wide ecosystems, Research at CEDR is highly interdisciplinary utilizing skills and knowledge of people across campus in civil & environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering & computer science, public health, public policy, psychology, business, energy & resources, and more.
The Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) is a center that aims to critically investigate and help improve processes and outcomes that shape urban equity around the world through the collaborative and interdisciplinary research of students, faculty, and visiting scholars. Over its long history, IURD has sponsored research in numerous disciplines. Principal research areas involve creating inclusive cities, urban governance, healthy cities, place and mobility, understanding city science, and urban environment. In all of its research projects, IURD emphasizes interdisciplinary and cooperative study.
As the first school to combine the disciplines of architecture, planning, and landscape architecture into a single college, CED was also among the first to conceptualize environmental design as inseparable from its social, political-economic, and cultural contexts. Across all three departments, CED’s faculty research local and global challenges with this unique concept of environmental design in mind.
One of the premier architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning libraries in North America, the Environmental Design Library includes more than 210,000 volumes and subscriptions, as well as thousands of electronic resources from around the world used to support the teaching and research programs of the College of Environmental Design. CED’s library contains a myriad of department specific collections, rare and limited edition books and original reproductions, as well as reference and research services provided by CED’s friendly and knowledgeable librarians.
The Environmental Design Archives holds more than 200 collections documenting the built and landscaped environment. These records span more than a century, 1890-2014, and contain primary source materials such as correspondence, reports, specifications, drawings, photographs, models, and artifacts. The Archives holds records of not only California’s early important architects, but also contemporary and lesser-known architects and designers from around the world.
The Visual Resources center is a library of teaching and research images, with over 82,000 digital images, over 300,000 35mm slides, and 37,000 lantern slides depicting architecture, landscapes, cities, and related material. In addition to the Center’s extensive collection of images, it also provides services that help faculty and students create digital images for classroom use, create digital images from slides or archival material, and to create digital version of 35mm slides and Lantern slides in the Center’s collection for teaching use.
The Cal Design Lab at Wurster Hall is an experimental studio space that promotes hands-on, interdisciplinary design activities. Faculty and students from UC Berkeley’s many schools and departments come together at the Cal Design Lab to work on critical design challenges. The goal of the lab is to be a nexus for design research and practice, and to facilitate discourse that transcends different design disciplines. The lab offers formal space for transdisciplinary seminars and projects, as well as informal space for student teams to work and interact with design coaches or mentors.