[IN]CITY, the Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design


Each Summer, the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design conducts the [IN]CITY program to provide non-planning students with introductory skills in urban planning and policy methods, including data collection/analysis, physical planning, mapping and visual representation. Students are introduced to land use policies and urban development processes and develop critical thinking, observation, and analysis regarding an understanding of cities.


On August 12, 2015, for the second year, IEE Executive Director Ed Church was invited to critique the studio presentations.


The studio products are designed for students to explore key policy challenges (institutional, political, social, economic, environmental, among others) and to develop tangible design and planning strategies. The class culminates with a studio presentation.  This year, the cities of Oakland and Berkeley were among the “clients” for the students’ work.


“I was impressed with how the presentations were received by the clients.  And I was pleased be able to share my experience with both the students and the city staffs,” Ed remarked.