May 23, 2017
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.
May 8, 2017
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.
April 26, 2017
Berkeley Engineering — Space Technologies @ California (STAC) is a group of students aiming to push the frontier of space research and the space industry. Team members can frequently be found at Jacobs Hall as they develop new ideas and work on their designs.
April 17, 2017
James Pierce is a designer and researcher who explores speculative design, design theory, and everyday social practices. In this Q&A, he discusses teaching at the Jacobs Institute and Berkeley’s context for design.
April 13, 2017
UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design — The newly launched Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation — a partnership between the College of Environmental Design, the College of Engineering, the Haas School of Business, and the College of Letters and Science’s Arts and Humanities Division — assumes that innovation involves the integration of many modes of technology, knowledge, and thought.
April 11, 2017
Civil Engineering Magazine — Student group RISE, part of Berkeley’s interdisciplinary design community, will take an innovative, zero net energy house into a competition organized by the U.S. Department of Energy.
April 10, 2017
Students from 16 courses, along with design clubs and other makers, will showcase innovations in fields from health to socially engaged art at this open house.
March 25, 2017
In a 48-hour makeathon focused on developing custom solutions for everyday challenges encountered by people with disabilities, 11 teams worked with need-knowers to create prototypes.
March 21, 2017
Other Machine Company — This interview offers a look at how the Jacobs Institute approaches creating co-curricular programming and ensuring that spaces are inviting to students from all disciplines and experience levels.
March 20, 2017
Two projects developed with resources at the Jacobs Institute, CITRIS Invention Lab, and Berkeley’s design ecosystem have been recognized in Fast Company’s first-ever World Changing Ideas Awards, which honor businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity.
March 17, 2017
Berkeley News — On the weekend of March 17-19, nearly 100 makers, students, and people with disabilities will gather at Jacobs Hall to develop custom solutions for everyday challenges.
March 14, 2017
Berkeley Engineering — Every Thursday afternoon, students gather in a light-filled teaching studio of Jacobs Hall to develop technology-based solutions to a very tangible problem: ideologically motivated violence.
March 2, 2017
From 3D-printed prosthetics to smart devices, students at Jacobs Hall are exploring intersections of design and health — and pushing in new directions.
February 16, 2017
Berkeley News — Berkeley students are leading the 3D Printer Filament Reclamation Project, working to make 3D printing more sustainable across campus.
January 31, 2017
In the spring semester, the Jacobs Institute’s student programs will include a range of Design Night workshops, as well as several field trips to sites of design activity in the Bay Area.
January 19, 2017
The Jacobs Institute is pleased to announce that Mark Hatch, a leading voice in the maker movement, has joined the Jacobs Institute as Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
January 17, 2017
The Jacobs Institute is heading into 2017 with an exciting lineup of talks, public programs, and opportunities to explore design innovation.
December 20, 2016
In a new course offered by the Jacobs Institute, students explored cutting-edge mobility technology and prototyped novel transportation experiences.
December 19, 2016
Diverse design voices shared their insights and ideas in public talks at Jacobs Hall in the fall semester.
December 15, 2016
Berkeley Arts + Design — Craft and creativity were on display across UC Berkeley’s campus at the end of fall 2016 as students across disciplines presented their final projects of the semester.
December 9, 2016
Berkeley Engineering — Jacobs Hall has received platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program.
November 28, 2016
As it designs and builds a solar-powered home, Berkeley’s Solar Decathlon team is focused on creating sustainable community impact.
November 22, 2016
Exploring the relationships between technology, design, and public dialogue, students and faculty are working to create new modes of community conversation.
November 21, 2016
On December 7 and 8, the Jacobs Institute will host the Jacobs Winter Design Showcase, an open house featuring innovative student work. With projects from students in 17 courses, the showcase offers an opportunity to meet student makers, explore new creations, and take part in Jacobs Hall’s richly interdisciplinary community.
November 3, 2016
Between coursework, research, and all kinds of creative making, student Jingyi Li is a frequent presence at Jacobs Hall. In this Q&A, Li talks about working across disciplines, the Berkeley design community, and more.
October 28, 2016
Berkeley Engineering — Focusing on sustainability, affordability, and durability, a team of Berkeley students placed second overall in a collegiate tiny house competition organized by the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District. As part of their process leading up to the competition, the interdisciplinary team ran a student-led DeCal course in Jacobs Hall in spring 2016.
October 27, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy — The Department of Energy cited Jacobs Hall in its recognition of UC Berkeley for leadership in campuswide energy innovations.
October 19, 2016
Berkeley Hyperloop is taking on an ambitious design challenge — and it’s part of a rich ecosystem of Berkeley students applying classroom learning and hands-on design skills to real-world challenges.
September 29, 2016
In the spirit of hands-on creation, the Jacobs Institute is hosting a Halloween Makers’ Contest open to everyone with a fall 2016 Maker Pass.
September 12, 2016
Berkeley News — Berkeley Lab and Berkeley scientists, along with students, embarked on a 10-day research voyage to fine-tune robotic floats capable of measuring carbon cycles in the ocean, an important source of information about climate change. The team fabricated components of these floats using 3D printers in Jacobs Hall.
September 12, 2016
Two student projects — an ecosystem of augmented power tools and a bioinspired water collection device — have been recognized in Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards.
September 7, 2016
With the goal of providing accessible entry points to students from across campus, the Jacobs Institute will be offering four Design Night workshops in the fall semester. These one-off workshops, held in a Jacobs Hall makerspace, enable students to gain tangible skills and invite them to participate in an active community of learning and making.
September 6, 2016
The Jacobs Institute welcomes an inaugural cohort of three artists-in-residence, who will bring new ideas to life in Jacobs Hall during the fall semester.
August 30, 2016
Three design fellows will join the Jacobs Institute community for the 2016-2017 school year, bringing new perspectives and wide-ranging areas of expertise.
August 23, 2016
From a pop-up series of informal talks to a student design showcase, the Jacobs Institute will produce a range of public talks and events in the fall semester.
August 10, 2016
The CITRIS Invention Lab and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation are launching a new joint Maker Pass, enabling integrated access to these two spaces for prototyping and fabrication.
July 27, 2016
With the aim of encouraging novel usage of its space and equipment, the Jacobs Institute has launched an artist residency program. Open to all Berkeley students, the program invites artists and experimenters to propose projects that push the boundaries of what can be made in a makerspace.
July 19, 2016
Berkeley Engineering — At Jacobs Hall, middle school-aged participants in Berkeley Engineering’s Girls in Engineering program build kid-size prosthetic hands from 3D-printed parts to donate to children in need.
June 14, 2016
In the fall 2016 semester, the Jacobs Institute will offer a new course that explores emerging trends in mobility, with a focus on problem-finding and the early stages of the design process. Participants in this interdisciplinary, project-based course will envision meaningful interactions between people and new transportation modalities.
June 8, 2016
With the addition of a 3D printer that takes a new, photochemical approach to additive manufacturing, Jacobs Hall’s advanced prototyping lab continues to grow as a site of innovation.
May 25, 2016
Berkeley Center for New Media — Eric Paulos, acting chief learning officer of the Jacobs Institute, will discuss the institute as a plenary speaker in the first international symposium-workshop on the Future of Design & Design Futures at the Universidad de Ibagué (Colombia) in June. The 2016 theme for the program is Design Education: Towards Care-ability, offering an opportunity to discuss the unique format for cultivating design and innovation that the Jacobs Institute supports.
May 17, 2016
After a semester in which nearly 30 courses took place in Jacobs Hall, the Jacobs Spring Design Showcase offered a look at how an interdisciplinary ecosystem at Berkeley is fostering a focus on design for real impact.
April 25, 2016
Jeremy Fiance ’14 recently launched The House Fund to invest in Berkeley student, faculty, and alumni startups. In this Q&A, he discusses his involvement with Berkeley’s design and entrepreneurship communities.
April 22, 2016
American Institute of Architects — The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment selected Jacobs Hall as one of this year’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment.
April 20, 2016
On May 4 and 5, the Jacobs Institute will host an “open house” showcase of student work. Featuring displays and demos from 16 courses held in Jacobs Hall in the spring 2016 semester, the showcase will be an opportunity to meet student makers and explore interdisciplinary design coursework.
April 12, 2016
Berkeley Engineering — David A. Dornfeld was the founding faculty director of the Jacobs Institute. A renowned manufacturing expert, he was widely admired as a teacher and well-regarded as a thoughtful leader.
April 4, 2016
Make — As part of global Arduino Day events, Arduino co-founders Massimo Banzi, Tom Igoe and David Mellis joined makers and enthusiasts at Jacobs Hall for talks, workshops, project demos and more.
March 28, 2016
UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability & Energy — Jacobs Hall has won a 2016 Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Award for its efficient use and reuse of energy and water.
March 10, 2016
Berkeley News — The aims of Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative include “making exposure to the arts and design essential to the undergraduate experience.”
February 24, 2016
Five DeCals, courses taught by UC Berkeley students, are making use of Jacobs Hall’s flexible spaces for design education in the spring semester.