Research + Design
Faculty throughout the college’s departments and research centers pursue meaningful climate solutions, from wetland restoration to adapting neighborhoods to sea level rise to innovating carbon-neutral building methods. Issues of adaptability, resilience, and mitigation are at the forefront of our curriculum.
May 31, 2023
Reconnecting big rivers in Mississippi and California
A multiyear collaboration between the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Jackson State University in Mississippi is bringing students together to address flood mitigation and enhanced river access along Jackson’s Pearl River and California’s Sacramento River.
May 4, 2023
Ronald Rael’s COVID-safe cohabitation design wins social and environmental justice award
CED professor Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, of Emerging Objects, receive the 2023 Jeff Harnar Social & Environmental Justice award for their project Casa Covid, which combines 3D printing with Indigenous building methods and materials.
Mar 24, 2023
How CLT is changing the role of the architect
Architecture faculty members Mark Anderson (Anderson Anderson Architecture) and Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest (Ultramoderne) weigh in on how mass timber has the potential to radically change the role of the architect.
Sep 20, 2022
Urban greening research awarded NASA Equity and Environmental Justice Grant
CED is proud to announce that the inaugural NASA Equity and Environmental Justice Grant has been awarded to Professor of Landscape Architecture Iryna Dronova, DCRP Professor Emerita Karen Chapple, and DCRP Assistant Professor Zoé Hamstead for their proposal, "Where the Grass Grows Greener: The Impacts of Urban Greening on Housing Prices and Neighborhood Stability."
Sep 16, 2022
IURD’s Kristina Hill and Margaretta Lin explain toxic sea level rise in West Oakland
In the KQED article "A Lesson in Discrimination: A Toxic Sea Level Rise Crisis Threatens West Oakland," IURD Director Kristina Hill and IURD Principal Investigator Margaretta Lin discuss how human-caused climate change and racism have led to a dire situation for West Oakland residents.
Jun 24, 2022
Pacific Rim Urban Resilience by Design
Mar 15, 2022
Iryna Dronova, Berkeley Blog: What Putin’s war in Ukraine means for our global climate crisis
The Russian war in Ukraine underscores the uncomfortable truth that the modern world heavily depends on fossil fuel. Even in the face of death and destruction in Ukraine, many countries refuse to stop purchases of Russian oil, gas, and coal.
Mar 14, 2022
The Climate Crisis: Justice and Solutions
“We cannot address climate change without climate justice,” says Danielle Zoe Rivera, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at Berkeley and a member of the new Climate Equity and Environmental Justice faculty cluster.
Apr 17, 2021
“The Invisible Mountain” visualizes the impacts of climate change
An installation at the University of the Arts in Berlin by CED professor Giovanni Betti and Katharina Fleck calls attention to the disappearing glaciers in the Italian Alps.
Jun 6, 2020
Zachary Lamb joins CED as Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Adaptive Urban Transformation
Welcome to new City & Regional Planning faculty Zachary Lamb, whose research focuses on the role of urban planning and design in shaping uneven vulnerability and resilience in the face of climate change.
Mar 30, 2020
CED student spotlight: Tushar Narula’s (SED 2020) multidimensional take on sustainability
Narula, a senior in CED's Sustainable Environmental Design program, recently represented CED at the Forbes Under 30 Scholars Program and as a visiting researcher at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Feb 18, 2020
DCRP alum publishes book on how communities of color are leading the environmental justice movement
Michael Mendez (PhD City & Regional Planning 2015) has published his book about the role Latinx and other communities of color are leading on climate change.
Nov 26, 2019
CED student spotlight: Brenna Castro Carlson (MLA 2020) researches urban city sustainability amid climate change
"For an urban ecology project, the need to observe the site during different times of year is a given, and your support eases the financial burden of this research." Carlson will use her 2019 Excellence in Landscape Design Award to support her project.
May 15, 2019
Iryna Dronova awarded California Delta Stewardship Council Grant for wetland restoration
Iryna Dronova was part of a multi-institutional research team that was awarded a major grant from California’s Delta Stewardship Council last month
Mar 26, 2019
Bringing “resilience” to Norway: Landscape architecture’s Scandinavian influence
Vaar Bothner and Taran Aanderaa reflect on their time as exchange students at CED from Norway.
Jan 17, 2019
Richard Hindle and Kristina Hill featured in new book on sustainable coastal design
College of Environmental Design faculty members Richard Hindle and Kristina Hill were featured in a newly collection of essays edited by Elizabeth Mossop titled Sustainable Coastal Design and Planning.
Feb 3, 2015
3D-printed “cool bricks” can cool an entire room using water
Emerging Objects, founded by Associate Professor of Architecture Ron Rael, and Virginia San Fratello has come up with a solution which may be able to greatly reduce the use of air conditioning systems in hot dry climates.