Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
University of California, Berkeley
ED1: Introduction to Environmental Design
Instructor: Randy Hester
GSIs: Lauren Daley, David Gregory, Kirsten Johnson, Luke Perry, Brendan Stewart
The Small House
Due in Section Week 9
Selection of Unit and Initial Critique of Small House
Due in Section Week 10
Selection of Public Space
Due in Section Week 11
Critique of Most Special Place in the House
Due in Class Week 12 (November 13 and 15)
Final Review of Small House
Due in Class Week 15 (December 4 and 6)
Now that you have been introduced to many of the tools and elements of design through the
first three projects, we will take the ideas and methods of critical review one step further and
go into much more depth exploring issues of site, scale, sustainability, and materiality.
project will continue to explore the idea of the living space, both indoors and outdoors, but on a
much more constrained site and scale.
By focusing on a more urban context, issues related to
density, transportation options, and (sub)urban development will be introduced here to better
understand how the decisions we make as designers affect not only the immediately
surrounding spaces, but entire neighborhoods and communities.
The assignment will be to take your ideas of the home and garden that you developed through
The Fourth House and reinterpret them to fit into an approximately 1,000 square foot space of
your own, along with one common area or public space.
In order to do this, you will choose a
unit of the Brower Center in which you would most like to live, taking into consideration
orientation, views, noise, relationship to street, and other pertinent contextual considerations.
The common or public space may or may not be in the actual Brower Center itself.
Part of this assignment will be to explore in greater depth the issues you have already been
exposed to on your first two projects.
You will be asked to do a site analysis, material
exploration, and detailed refinement of the spaces focusing very much on the act of drawing
Environmental Design 1 Fall 2007