Fall Field Notes: The Jacobs Institute at BAMPFA

Public lectures will explore Responsible Design from Bits to Buildings

Jacobs Institute
2 min readAug 5, 2019

This Fall, the Jacobs Institute’s Design Field Notes lecture series moves to the auditorium at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in conjunction with Thinking Through Art and Design@Berkeley. An innovative offering supported by Berkeley’s Arts + Design initiative, the course pairs class sessions with visiting lectures open to the general public. The series will feature an array of practitioners, curators, and academics examining Responsible Design from Bits to Buildings, cotaught by Professor Björn Hartmann and Dr. Robert Kett of the Jacobs Institute and Professor Kyle Steinfeld of the College of Environmental Design. Lectures will explore the role of design in imagining the built environment, in framing our experience of “new” media and technology, as well as design’s intersections with allied creative fields.

We hope to see you at BAMPFA on Thursdays, 12–2pm for the following events! All lectures are free and open to the public.

August 29
Mimi Zeiger (Design curator and critic)
Design, Citizenship, and the Need to Envision Tomorrow

September 5
Sara Dean (California College of the Arts)
Environmental Exploits

September 12
Faculty Conversations: Design for Democracy

September 19
Christine Gaspar (The Center for Urban Pedagogy)
Designing with People: The Work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

September 26
Melodie Yashar (SEArch+)
Human Factors within Autonomous Buildings: Design for Earth, the Moon, and Mars

October 10
Aza Raskin (The Center for Humane Technology)

October 17
Refik Anadol (Media artist)
Space in the Mind of a Machine

October 24
Yanni Loukissas (Georgia Tech)
All Data are Local

November 7
Allison Arieff (SPUR; New York Times)

November 14
Julien Beller (Le6b)

November 21
Amy Franchescini (futurefarmers)
Presence as Practice



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