Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities ☀ Info Session (UC Berkeley Summer Program)

Disc* is an immersive five-week summer program for college students offered by UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. It explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Disc* participants engage in the discourses of urban innovation, and develop creative solutions to tackle the urgent challenges global cities face today. Disc* is open to eligible students from any college or university. No prior experience in design is necessary.
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Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities:

On March 29, 2022 at 5pm PT, you will learn more about the UC Berkeley summer program. Sign-up for the virtual session now.

 

Future Rivers – Graduate Training Program

Applications are now open for the University of Washington Future Rivers graduate training program for the next cohort year beginning Autumn quarter 2022!

Please help spread the word and encourage any prospective (incoming fall quarter 2022) or current PhD or Masters students in any discipline at the University of Washington to apply.

Future Rivers is an NSF-funded graduate training program building skills in data science, science communication, and social justice to bridge work across all fields to better solve today’s freshwater sustainability challenges.

It is a one-year program that is undertaken alongside any chosen graduate degree. We offer up to 18-months of full funding on a competitive basis.

Applications can be submitted anytime; however, to be considered for funding, submissions need to be received by January 28, 2022.

We request a 1-2 page statement of interest from prospective students and a letter of support from a potential advisor (for new students) or current advisor (for currently enrolled students) – further details can be found in the application form.

Urban + Informality: Framing Resilience | Winter 2020

Course Instructor

Manish Chalana + Julie Johnson

Course Date

Winter 2020

Course Type

Built Environments Interdisciplinary Studio

Fifteen graduate and three undergraduate students participated in the studio and developed compelling analyses of and proposals for informality in Central Seattle. The studio focused on urban informality through interrelated themes of housing, livelihoods, urban agriculture and arts/culture.

As these students were formalizing their projects for the end-of-quarter presentations, the University of Washington ended in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting upheaval and uncertainty led to canceling the students’ final presentations, and instead committing to presenting their studio report.

Urban + Informality Studio Report

Visions for Heron Meadow | Autumn 2020

 

Course Instructor

Nancy Rottle

Course Date

Autumn 2020

Course Type

Scan Design Master Studio

The University of Washington’s 2020 Scan Design Interdisciplinary Master Studio in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture worked with the Vashon Center for the Arts and the Vashon Nature Center to envision the Heron Meadow as a space for community gathering, art, science education, habitat restoration, and nature play. During the studio, graduate student teams led by UW Professor Nancy Rottle created five unique design visions for the Heron Meadow’s future. Through their designs, students worked towards a common goal: to weave together the meadow’s ecological needs and the community’s priorities to create an inspiring venue for learning, community, and the arts.

Project Webpage | Vashon Center for the Arts
Studio Book

Anti-Displacement Research Studio | Spring 2020

 

Course Instructor

Lynne Manzo

Course Date

Spring 2020

Course Type

Graduate Studio
Livable City Year

Skyway-West Hill and North Highline are racially and ethnically diverse, low-income communities in urban unincorporated King County whose residents are under increasing risk of displacement due to dramatic growth and rising housing costs in the region. To help address these concerns, King County partnered with the University of Washington Livable City Year (LCY) program so that students could conduct research and provide recommendations for anti-displacement strategies that might keep residents in place and encourage equitable development. Livable City Year, in turn, partnered with Professor Lynne C. Manzo of the Department of Landscape Architecture and students in her Advanced Research Studio to conduct policy research in Spring 2020. This report reflects the work of the thirteen students (the LCY research team) who participated in the course over a span of eleven weeks. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this course was offered online rather than the standard face-to-face.

Read the full report

Green New Deal Super Studio | Autumn 2020

 

Course Instructor

Brooke Sullivan

Course Date

Autumn 2020

Course Type

Undergraduate + Graduate Studio

The primary focus of this studio is to create ‘shovel ready’ design projects for Washington State that

  1. Decarbonize
  2. Create small businesses and job opportunities and
  3. Support social and ecological justice/democracy

In addition to providing visionary leadership around topics of the GND, this course will ask students to remove themselves as ‘the designer’ and instead, facilitate skills incorporative design progress, including compromise, communication, listening, inclusion, collaboration, and compassion.

Visit the studio website

Climate Changed Urban Agriculture | Autumn 2019

Course Instructor

Julie Johnson

Course Date

Autumn 2019

Course Type

Advanced Graduate Studio

As evidence of accelerated climate change and continued increases in greenhouse gas emissions mount, so does concern for food security. Patterns of drought, extreme heat and flood events, coupled with an increasing population impact regions across the globe, and portend challenges for Puget Sound.
Regenerative agricultural practices and other emerging approaches hold promise for large scale farming, and local urban food production may contribute to diverse aspects of community resilience. As such, the studio was framed by this inquiry:

How may we shift the paradigm of what, where and how food is grown in our cities such that urban agriculture permeates our landscapes as a critical infrastructure advancing resilience through food security, biodiversity, environmental justice, and community connections?

This graduate landscape architecture studio explored the challenge in the context of metropolitan Seattle. Pedagogical goals of the studio included:

  • fostering a collaborative and supportive studio community, to share expertise and support collective endeavors.
  • experiential learning about diverse urban agriculture systems and practices.
  • focused consideration of the projected impacts of climate change on our region.
  • creative design explorations that challenge current assumptions, use systems thinking, and cross spatial and temporal scales to advance climate resilience.
  • framing and development of meaningful design proposals in response to local urban agriculture site needs and climate impacts, in partnership with site leader(s).

This Autumn Quarter 2019 studio document was created to share the speculative and site-based projects developed, as described on the next page. Care has been taken to correct errors in the work, but some errors or omissions may exist. Thanks to all the students for formatting their projects for this document, and special thanks to those who created the document template, coordinated sections of the document and completed the final document assembly.

Download the PDF

Fairy Tales of the City

Course Instructor

Mackenzie Waller

Course Date

Summer 2020

Course Type

Undergraduate + Graduate Studio

Fairy-tale scholars Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix (2010) have defined fairy tales as “fictional narratives that combine human and nonhuman protagonists with elements of wonder and the supernatural.” This intensive design studio was inspired by the Fairy Tales design competition (www. blankspaceproject.com) and tackled real world issues through the lens of creativity.

The studio focused on presenting different interpretations of urban and urbanization to consider the social, economic and environmental transformations underway in our cities. The rise of negative social processes is most evident in cities, where key social conflicts often center on socio-spatial rights and needs.

Students each selected a city that they held extensive personal experience and during the course of the studio they developed a text based fictional fairy tale (800-1400 words). Each fairy tale identifies a unique challenge and uses narrative to present landscape architecture responses.

The studio tasked each project to embody the following:

  • Setting acts as a vehicle for ecocriticism, that is, the focus on nature/city and questions about the interaction between humans and the environment.
  • Engage story based strategy to develop a critical narrative engaging in complex problems evident in each city.
  • The central character of each story reflects the social identity of the author and offers evidence of critical reflection of their role in their community.

Download the PDF
View the studio report online

Birds + Climate Change

 

Course Instructor

Mackenzie Waller

Course Date

Winter 2020

Course Type

Undergraduate + Graduate Studio

As climate change becomes an increasing challenge there is still opportunity and hope for ensuring resiliency for our birds and the natural world. National Audubon’s Climate Report suggests about 2/3 of the birds in peril can be helped by acting now.This provides hope and a pathway for action.

The Birds + Climate Change Studio worked in partnership with the Tahoma Audubon Society at their small wetland park site in the South Puget Sound region, Adriana Hess Audubon Center. We tasked students with a series of questions. How can design balance the intersection of habitat specific solutions and urban public space? How might the Audubon Society create bird habitat while still ensuring the safety of park visitors? How can we creatively incorporate traditional park elements with natural habitat spaces and stormwater management?

This document attempts to capture the outcomes of these studio investigations across scales, from regional to small fabricated prototypes.

Download the PDF
View the studio report online