Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR)'s mission is to foster research in
environmental planning and design. Such research is aimed at increasing the factual
content of planning and design decisions and at promoting systematic approaches to
design decision making.
The scope of environmental planning and design is broad, ranging from the local environments
of people within buildings to region-wide ecosystems, from small details of building
construction to large-scale urban planning, from the history of the built environment
to the design process itself.
Building science is the largest of CEDR’s programs. Its mission is to increase the
scientific knowledge used in building design and operation. At Berkeley, building
science specializes in environmental aspects of design—how to provide comfortable,
healthy and productive conditions for the occupants in economical and energy-efficient
Research and technology transfer projects in the physical planning and design of
urban spaces involve many CED faculty from various departments. CEDR manages and
edits Places. It is the main journal in the U.S. principally focused on urban design
and has served Berkeley faculty and students well as a publication outlet.
Newsletter of the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California,