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overview* DISC is an immersive five-week program that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis of the urban environment. Through a combination of design and digital fabrication, studio sessions, lectures and seminars, demos and workshops, field work and site visits, students engage in the discourse of urban innovation, while gaining hands on experience developing design proposals. The program is built upon four main platforms. The Urban Innovation Talk - Keynote Lecture Series introduces students to some of the most forward-thinking researchers and practitioners from the Bay Area design community. Fieldwork + Site Visits give students an opportunity to engage directly with the dynamic built and natural environment of the Bay Area, while meeting with expert guest speakers. The Global Cities/Global Challenges + Urban Innovation Seminars are meant to develop a theoretical framework for understanding the complex urban issues that face cities and strategies for design. The Studio + Digital Workshops are at the core of the program, building skills and offering a hands-on makerspace for creative work to take place. Working in teams, students develop a project from design conception to prototyping and present the final result of their work to instructors and guest critics. Upon completion of the DISC program, graduates have a strong understanding of urban processes and a broad toolkit with which to tackle its urgent demands, as well as compelling artifacts for their academic portfolio. Students develop the necessary skills and theory to effectively represent their design ideas and become the next thought shapers and game changers.

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Profile for UC Berkeley Summer [IN]STITUTE

Disc*2016 (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities) Catalog  

A compendium documenting the final student projects completed during summer 2016.

Disc*2016 (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities) Catalog  

A compendium documenting the final student projects completed during summer 2016.

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