Equity and Social Justice
Research + Design
As disparities and inequities widen, the College of Environmental Design is committed to practices to empower those who often have the least voice. We engage with neighboring communities, public agencies, nonprofits, industry, and government to advance environmental design as a vehicle for equity and social justice.
Jun 6, 2023
Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act Now)
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 22, 2023
Graduate students propose innovative solutions to California’s housing crisis
CED's interdisciplinary Boyce Housing Studio proposes strategies for newly identified housing element sites in Menlo Park and Piedmont.
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.
Apr 25, 2023
Social justice fellows spread their wings
After finding community at CED, the first cohort of Arcus Social Justice Corps graduates makes an impact.
Wed | Apr 12, 2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Danielle Rivera on Community Engagement Best Practices
Join us to learn from Danielle Rivera, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and director of the Just Environments Lab, who will talk about leading practices and research surrounding community engagement today.
Mar 23, 2023
Understanding — and solving — homelessness: Q&A with Carolina Reid
Carolina Reid discusses the structural foundations of homelessness and various approaches to developing affordable and permanent supportive housing in California.
Jan 17, 2023
Studio spotlight: ARCH 201 investigates multifamily housing
This graduate studio explored multifamily housing in the context of California’s housing crisis.
Dec 8, 2022
Alan Ricks: Lifchez Visiting Professor of Practice in Social Justice
Alan Ricks, founding Principal and Chief Design Officer of the award-winning MASS Design Group will be the Spring 2023 Lifchez Visiting Professor of Practice in Social Justice.
Nov 15, 2022
The exhibition Small Infrastructures examines how architectural practice can contribute to recent housing legislation and larger problems of urban housing in the U.S.
Oct 28, 2022
MRED+D students take first place in Hack-a-House Homelessness category
On September 30th, fifteen Abbey MRED+D students (almost half of the thirty-six student cohort) competed in Ivory Innovations’ Hack-A-House competition, with one team winning first place in their category.
Sep 30, 2022
How a Lack of Transparency Threatens to Undermine California’s Rent Cap
This report explores the market dynamics pushing up rents across California and offers recommendations for policies that might strengthen accountability.
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."
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.
Nov 30, 2021
CED names first cohort of Arcus Social Justice Corps fellows
Seeking solutions for society's most urgent social and environmental justice issues, the fellows make up a cohort who will not only dedicate themselves to supporting vulnerable communities but also foster a greater sense of belonging for all CED students.
Thu | Oct 14, 2021 5:30pm - 7:00pm
DCRP Lecture | The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: Making Maps, Data, and Media for Housing Justice | Erin McElroy
Watch the recording on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/596198084.
Sep 2, 2021
New faculty, hired in clusters, to address global issues, equity, justice
Five new faculty members at UC Berkeley this fall hail from disparate U.S. states, academic disciplines and personal backgrounds. But they’re already forming a team partnered around one critical global issue — climate equity and environmental justice —
Thu | Aug 26, 2021 5:30pm - 7:00pm
DCRP Lecture | Contesting Dispossession: Immigrants and the Struggle for Housing in Madrid | Sophie Gonick
Watch the recording on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/537809775.
Jun 10, 2021
Environmental Design gift gives students debt relief, path to public service
CED announces a transformative $5.3 million gift from Berkeley alumnus Jon Stryker that will fund a four-year fellowship program aimed at providing debt relief to more than 100 graduate students.
Mon | Feb 8, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm
CED ARCUS PANEL: CRIPPING MODERN DESIGN
MON, Feb 8, 12:30pm PT. Using a “crip” or disability justice lens, this panel ponders how environmental design and technology can be construed as key aspects of modern disability experience. Open to all!