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Hello from Wurster Hall! UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design CED is now accepting applications to our immersive summer program - the Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design - for post-baccalaureates who are interested in pursuing graduate study in architecture or city planning but lack an academic background in those fields. Participants spend six intensive weeks at UC Berkeley testing their affinity for graduate work in the environmental design disciplines: honing visual representation skills, connecting with faculty and practitioners, developing presentation and critique strategies, engaging with the history and theory of the fields, working with real-world clients, conducting field work, building a network of like-minded peers, and polishing graduate school applications. Recent Institute graduates have been accepted to master's programs at such institutions as UC Berkeley, Harvard, UT Austin, Columbia, U Penn, U Michigan, Princeton, and others. I'd be happy to answer questions about the four Institute cohorts - [IN]CITY, [IN]ARCH, [IN]LAND and [IN]ARCH ADV, and connect you with some of our amazing program alums who have gone on to prestigious planning graduate programs and professional positions. Drop me a line at email@example.com. Chrissie Bradley Summer Programs Manager College of Environmental Design University of California, Berkeley
Greetings from Berkeley! The College of Environmental Design is now accepting applications for two immersive summer programs in City Planning and Urban Design through TUESDAY, JUNE 1. [IN]CITY is a cohort within the Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design that introduces students to the study and practice of urban planning through the lens of sustainability. By attending daily lectures, media sessions, site visits and engaging in studio work, participants acquire the skills necessary to inform in-depth recommendations, analyses and proposals. The program is designed to help prepare upper level college students and post-baccalaureates from academic backgrounds other than urban planning to apply for graduate programs in the urban planning discipline. [IN]CITY Academic Lead Eric Anderson explains the program's pedagogical approach: [IN]CITY "challenges students to integrate scholarship with their own lived experience, creating a collaborative experiential learning environment. Ultimately, the goal of this process is to empower each student to work as part of a successful team and deliver theoretically grounded, yet eminently actionable recommendations to improve our communities." The program "encourages students to explore structural inequality through public health, public safety, and accessibility, as part of an effort to interrogate the causes and effects of privilege across the disciplines of city planning." Disc* (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities) is an intensive five-week summer program for currently enrolled college students that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Disc* incorporates elements of urban design, city planning, architecture, digital fabrication and landscape architecture into the discourse of urban innovation. Disc*2017 Co-Director Gabriel Kaprielian explains his motivation to develop Disc*: "There are some very exciting and innovative new strategies that cities are employing to adapt to social and environmental change. Smart City technologies are harnessing the ability to gather information on how people use cities to better design responsive environments. Reality Computing technologies seek to bridge the gap between physical and virtual environments of design. Cities are beginning to rethink the massive allocation of public streets to cars by taking back real estate for pedestrians, plazas, parklets, and bicycles. Urban infrastructure is being redesigned to work with the natural environment through a more integrated systems thinking. Great changes are underway, however much more needs to be done." Applications can be submitted through cedberkeley.slideroom.com. We hope you'll join us on the UC Berkeley campus this summer! Please contact Chrissie Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.