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Fall events at the Jacobs Institute

Another school year brings new opportunities for students and the broader community to come engage with design innovation at Jacobs Hall. Read about our line-up of speakers, and two open house events.

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Design innovation then/now: Designing infrastructure

From 1868 to today, Berkeley students and faculty have played pioneering roles in designing infrastructure for California and the world.

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Exploring the Bay Area’s manufacturing ecosystem

A new course offered students a chance to look behind the scenes of factories, foundries, and other manufacturing spaces in their own backyard.

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Fall Workshops at Jacobs Hall

This fall, a series of workshops offer students hands-on opportunities to learn new tools and techniques.

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Courses: Fall 2018

DES INV 15: Design Methodology

This introductory course aims to expose you to the mindset, skillset and toolset associated with design. It does so through guided applications to framing and solving problems in design, business and engineering. Specifically, you will learn approaches to noticing and observing, framing and reframing, imagining and designing, and experimenting and testing as well as for critique and reflection. You will also have a chance to apply those approaches in various sectors.

Emily Au | 3 units

DES INV 22: Prototyping & Fabrication

This course teaches concepts, skills and methods required to design, prototype, and fabricate physical objects. Each week relevant techniques in 2D and 3D modeling and fabrication are presented, along with basic electronics. Topics include a range of prototyping and fabrication techniques including laser-cutting, 3D modeling and 3D printing, soldering, and basic circuits.

Chris Myers | 3 units

NWMEDIA 190 / 290: Critical Practices

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

CEE 186: Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

This course involves the design and prototype of large-scale technology intensive systems. Possible design projects, incorporating infrastructure systems and areas such as transportation and hydrology, include watershed sensor networks, robot networks for environmental management, mobile Internet monitoring, open societal scale systems, crowdsourced applications, traffic management, and more.

Scott Moura | 3 units