Experience the creative accomplishments and original research of Berkeley’s talented students in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Film, Media, and Design.

Welcome to the New Arts + Design Initiative Website

Welcome to the new Arts + Design Initiative Website


“Well, Berkeley isn’t exactly known for being an artistic university.”

ARC Fellows: Augmented Reality for the Public Good: Urban Engagement and Sustainability

Note: Peter and Richard are coordinating an event on campus for Fall 2017. They have other student and staff collaborators on the project from across campus.

From a border wall to a big, beautiful bridge

Imagine a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico not as a barrier, but as a piece of architecture that brings people together. That’s what architect Ronald Rael does in his new book, Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary.

ARC Fellows: Stories of Connected Cities

In the coming years, the cities we live and breathe in will begin to become more connected and ‘smart’. Street lights will detect us walking down the street and turn on in our presence. Sound intensity and vibration sensors will sense pedestrian and car traffic and alter traffic lights to create safer streets.

Makeathon to build tech for people with disabilities

Nearly 100 innovators, makers, students and people with disabilities will gather at the UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation for a three-day technology-building marathon to create devices that help people with disabilities overcome everyday challenges.

As 3D printing grows, so does need to reclaim plastic waste

UC Berkeley is a leader in 3D printing. From creating a prosthetic hand for an 8-year-old girl to a “smart cap” that senses spoiled food to large-scale cement buildings, engineers and designers on campus are pushing the technology to the limits, using it in ways never seen before.

Three faculty elected to National Academy of Engineering

Three UC Berkeley professors are among 11 University of California researchers elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest honors in the profession.

The three are: 

“Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia” opens this week (Wednesday, Feb. 8) at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, celebrating the expansive intersection of the radical art, architecture and design of the 1960s and early ’70s counterculture.

As the Center for the Built Environment turns 20 this year, its leadership lays claim to research offering building operators, managers and designers new tools to enhance energy efficiency, environmental quality and livability for residents and workers — from the open-office plan and the cubicle to multifamily structures.