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Reimagining Mobility

In a new course offered by the Jacobs Institute, students explored cutting-edge mobility technology and prototyped novel transportation experiences.

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Jacobs Hall ranks platinum for sustainability

Berkeley Engineering — Jacobs Hall has received platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program.

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Jacobs Design Conversations: Alan Cooper

Cooper founder and design pioneer Alan Cooper will speak at Jacobs Hall.

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Jacobs Design Conversations: Kate Sofis

Kate Sofis, CEO of SFMade, will share her insights with Berkeley’s design community.

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Courses: Spring 2017

IB C32 / L&S C30Z: Bioinspired Design

Bioinspired design views the process of how we learn from nature as an innovation strategy, translating principles of function, performance, and aesthetics from biology to human technology. In this course, diverse teams of students will collaborate on, create, and present original bioinspired design projects. Lectures discuss the biomimicry design process from original scientific breakthroughs to entrepreneurial start-ups.

Robert Full | 3 units | Class number: 33127 (IB), 33107 (L&S)

DES INV 190-1 / CS 194-131: Designing Technology to Counter Violent Extremism

Students in this class will design and prototype innovative interventions to tackle the drivers of extremism. The world is facing increasing threats from violent extremists, and the internet has emerged as a key arena in which violent extremists engage with the public. Working directly with the U.S. Department of State and other key government agencies, students will design and prototype ways to counter extremism, including promoting alternative narratives, enhancing social inclusion and civic engagement, identifying early signs of radicalization, countering discrimination, reintegrating former extremists, improving relationships with law enforcement, and building resilient communities. This course involves both a rapid design process to identify new opportunities with stakeholders, as well as a technology component where students will show how interventions would be implemented through working software prototypes.

Bjoern Hartmann & Zvika Krieger | 3 units | 33909 (DES INV), 33957 (CS)

DES INV 190-2 / INFO 190-2: User Experience Design

This studio course introduces students to design thinking and the basic practices of interaction design. Following a human-centered design process that includes research, concept generation, prototyping, and refinement, students will work as individuals and in small teams to design mobile information systems and other interactive experiences. Assignments approach design on three levels: specific user interactions, contexts of use, and larger systems. Becoming familiar with design methodologies such as sketching, storyboarding, wire framing, and prototyping, students will learn core skills for understanding the rich contexts of stakeholders and their interactions with technology, for researching competing products and services, for modeling the current and preferred state of the world, and for prototyping and communicating possible solutions. No coding is required.

James Pierce | 3 units | Class number: 33910 (DES INV), 33921 (INFO)

PH 214: Eat. Think. Design.

Eat.Think.Design is a team-oriented, project-based course designed around the case-based and learning-by-doing models. Working with community partners on a public health issue related to food, student teams apply human-centered design skills to the problem, and design a solution with and for their community partner.

Kristine Madsen, Jaspal Sandhu, & Nap Hosang | 3 units | Class number: 32547