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The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

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Getting into the field

This spring, a pair of program series— Design Field Notes, a talk series that invites practitioners to share their work in a Jacobs Hall studio, and Design Field Trips, which allow students to visit professional design spaces —connected students with the Bay Area’s rich design ecosystem.

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A look at the Jacobs Spring Design Showcase

Students from 17 courses held in Jacobs Hall — along with clubs and student-taught DeCals that use the building’s resources—presented projects at the 2017 Jacobs Spring Design Showcase.

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06.01.2017 — 09.07.2017

Design and Diversity

This exhibit of original materials from UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Archives showcases a nexus of design and diversity.

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06.14.2017 — 06.22.2017

SF Design Week

From tech inventions to culture-changing products, human-centered design, emerging fashion to international architecture, San Francisco Design Week is an opportunity to experience Bay Area design.

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Courses: Fall 2017

ARCH 259: Flexible Hybrid Structures

This interdisciplinary class aims to attract students from across campus. In the class, students will explore the design possibilities emerging from combining soft, flexible, and elastic materials with bespoke 3D-printed joinery. Topics will include a general introduction to bending principles in hybrid systems as they can be found in nature and technology. Students will investigate inspirational case studies of bent and folded structures from various fields of application. Together, we will conduct hands-on physical experiments and learn how to use digital simulations for the design and form-finding of flexible structures and mechanisms. In groups, students will design and build their own flexible hybrid structure and envision a practical implementation for it.

Simon Schleicher | 3 units | Class number: 11861

ME C178 / BIOE C137: Designing for the Human Body

The course provides project-based learning experience in understanding product design, with a focus on the human body as a mechanical machine. Students will learn the design of external devices used to aid or protect the body.

Grace O’Connell | 3 units | Class number: 46373 (ME), 44506 (BIOE)

NWMEDIA 190-3 / 290-3: Critical Practices

Critical Practices is a hands-on studio design course where students work at the intersection of technological innovation and socially engaged art. Students will integrate a suite of digital fabrication tools with social design methods to create work that engages in cultural critique. Working with innovative technologies and radical, new art practices, this course will explore: hybrid art forms, critical design for community engagement, interventions in public spaces, tactical media and disobedient objects. These new making strategies will reframe our notions of people, places and participation.

Jill Miller | 4 units | Class number: 42248 (190) / 42247 (290)

BioE 190 / 290: Hacking for Impact: Tackling Societal Challenges with the Lean Launchpad Method

Students will learn lean startup methodologies and apply those learnings to tackle some of the biggest societal challenges of our time. At course completion, students will profoundly understand the problems/needs of external beneficiaries; know how to rapidly iterate technology solutions while searching for product-market fit; understand all the stakeholders, deployment issues, costs, resources, and ultimate mission value; deliver minimum viable products that match beneficiary needs in an extremely short time; and produce a repeatable model that can be used to launch other potential solutions.

Amy Herr, Steve Weinstein, Ann Mei Chang, & Pete Dailey | 4 units | Class number: 42723 (190) / 24843 (290-1)