Technology and Material Innovations
Research + Design
From AI and remote sensing tools to 3D printing and mass timber, technological innovations are changing the ways we analyze, design, and craft the built environment. Our college is at the forefront of leveraging these new materials and technologies to confront the climate crisis and inequities in our built environment.
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."
Thu | Feb 17, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DCRP Lecture | Cities and Technological Imaginaries: Big Data, Fintech and the Limits of Transparency | Matthew Zook
Join us for the Spring DCRP Lecture
Aug 18, 2020
Arch’s Ronald Rael claims LACMA Art + Technology Lab Grant
The grant awards include monetary and in-kind support for projects that engage emerging technologies. Rael and co-recipient, Virginia San Fratello, plan to use the grant to reexamine Indigenous mud-based building materials through 21st-century robotics.
Feb 10, 2020
Architecture graduate student wins Best in Tools at the MIT XR Hackathon
Yifeng Wang (MArch '21) and his team won the "Best in Tools" prize at the MIT Reality Hack. The team developed "TalkAI," which assists speakers to understand and predict the effectiveness of their speech through AI-driven techniques and AR-enabled tools.
Sep 16, 2019
Populus, founded by DCRP graduate, delivers new transportation routes through analytical mobility software
Three years after receiving his PhD in City & Regional Planning, Fletcher Foti co-established Populus, a platform that is now utilizing data from shared services like car sharing to help urban planners manage and plan for the future of transportation.
Jun 16, 2017
Sub-Saharan studio: ARCH 100D takes 3D-printed homes to Kenya
Thirteen students from Ronald Rael’s architectural design studio transformed a site in Vipingo, Kenya, into a living laboratory for innovation as part of their research into the design of 3D-printed houses.
Jan 5, 2017
The potential of remote sensing to improve landscape research
Remote sensing technology is increasingly penetrating our lives — from satellite images underlying everyday routes on Google Maps and smartphones to the ever more familiar buzzing of camera-equipped “toy drones” flying above neighborhoods.
Sep 2, 2016
Center for Built Environment to blend smart ceiling fans and communicating thermostats
Center for the Build Environment Announces funding to develop ways to integrate commercially available “smart” ceiling fans and communicating thermostats, and to evaluate how they may improve energy efficiency.
Feb 22, 2016
A new recipe for construction
Ron Rael, Associate Professor of Architecture, is one of a small group of researchers advancing a novel type of 3D printing capable of processing recycled as well as under-utilized materials into a range of sturdy products.
Mar 3, 2015
UC Berkeley unveils first-of-its-kind, architectural-scale, 3-D-printed cement structure
Groundbreaking research demonstrates the potential of architectural 3-D printing.
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.
May 3, 2013
Wood, salt, and wonder: The renewable future of 3D printing
Emerging Objects is the project of two architects, CED Assistant Professor of Architecture Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello. A fabrication studio, it focuses on the materials that go into 3D printing.