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Japan: Architecture/Landscapes/Urbanism

Contact | Jackie Gargus
Trip Dates | Dec 10-23, 2017
Application Deadline | August 22, 2017
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | ARCH 5798 (3cr) 

During this two week program, students will travel to various cities throughout Japan. An emphasis will be on a broad and integrated experience covering the buildings and landscapes as well as the urban fabric across central Japan. The program allos for an intensive study of design, history, and visual communication. The format of the course will involve several days in Tokyo and Kyoto, concentrating on varied styles of architecture that commingle to give form to the city fabric as well as major historical monuments, palaces, temple complexes, and gardens.

Special attention will be paid to the cultural and socioeconomic forces that produced Japan's unique and varied architecture heritage as well as the synthesis of western and eastern heritages which go into the formation of contemporary Japanese architecture. By bringing architectural, landscape and urban theory, students will be encouraged to think deeply about urban and geographic forces that shape the country. 

Belize International Development Planning Program

Contact | Kareem Usher
Trip Dates | Spring Break 2018
Application Deadline | October 15, 2017
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | CRPLAN 5798 (3cr) 

This program seeks to combine community service with academic reflection while addressing real issues to gain a sense of 'socially responsible knowledge,' and offers a unique opportunity to study in a developing global south nation in contrast to more common discussions on western, Euro-centric planning practices.

The service-learning component is critical as it provides students with the invaluable opportunity to practice in-class techniques in problem solving, and affords students to serve fellow human beings.

London: Culture and City

Contact | Aimee Moore
Trip Dates | Spring Break 2018
Application Deadline | October 15, 2017
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | LARCH 5798 (3cr) 

This short-term study abroad program will immerse students in the culture, history, urban, landscape and architectural environment of the London. Culture will be explored by experiencing local markets and food, and historical examples such as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and various museums. Architecture and landscape highlights included visits to key historical to contemporary projects and visits to an architecture office. London is a city with a vast range of architectural styles and designers with key landscape architecture nestled within the urban context that makes the city an ideal exploratory grounds. This study abroad program will be a valuable enhancement to the introductory curriculum of architecture and landscape architecture, though no courses in either discipline are required. London Spring Break study abroad program counts towards architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning major or architecture and landscape architecture minor requirements.

Moving (and Eating) Around Taiwan: A Bus, Subway and High Speed Rail Systems Planning Workshop

Contact | Kyle Ezell
Trip Dates | Spring Break 2018
Application Deadline | October 1, 2017
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | CRPLAN 5798 (3cr) 

The City and Regional Planning program at Ohio State has documented a steady rise in students who are interested in ways to improve public transportation and its relationship to quality of life in cities. This is why the Taipei City region provides a wonderful opportunity to broaden your knowledge and personal experience riding and closely studying transit in an international context. Taipei, Taiwan's mass-transit system is known as a world model of transportation efficiency. Vastly different than cities in Ohio, the districts in the Taipei region have among the highest densities of residential, office, and commercial land use in the world. The country's tight, mixed use development pattern makes reliable public transportation possible, serving as a model in the study of transit oriented development and "smart growth."

Taipei City's Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT) is one of the safest, cleanest, and most reliable subway systems in the world. The Taipei region's bus system links commuters to MRT and High Speed Rail stops and final commuter trip destinations. The Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) originates in Taipei and connects the region to Taichung, the third largest city located in the middle of the island. The approximately 38 minute trip at top speeds of 182 miles per hour links that city's new rapid transit system currently under construction that will integrate an extensive Bus Rapid Transit system. Lessons can also be learned from other cities and regions of Taiwan that provide less efficient transit services that are more similar to systems in Ohio of which most of us are accustomed. Taiwanese municipalities are working on short and long range plans to improve their service to the public.

Since public transit is an important sub-discipline of city and regional planning that is sought after by professionals in every sizable municipality in the world (and many rural regions as well), this ten day workshop will focus on a variety of transit systems in various municipalities in Taiwan. In this course, you will attend lectures by Taiwan leaders and officials, complete and discuss reading assignments, visit special sites, work closely with National Taipei University students, and turn in a contemplative/research project (among other requirements to be announced).

In addition to moving around the island, the group will be enjoying an eclectic variety of authentic foods from Taiwan, China, Japan, and other nearby Asian culinary cultures. Many group meals (of which several will be 'family style') will be provided.

European Cities and Sustainable Urban Planning Practices: Barcelona, Berlin and Copenhagen

Contact | Jesus J. Lara, Ph.D
Trip Dates | May 7-30, 2018
Application Deadline | Extended to January 4, 2018
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | CRPLAN 5798 (3cr) 

Students in this program will explore how diverse approaches to planning and urban design found in Europe, address the general principles of sustainability, and examine in the field how some of these principles have been put into practice. Students will focus on historical precedents, cultural differences, and planning and design priorities, and not only gain an understanding of the planning, design and social function of some European cities, but discuss and analyze how applicable these approaches and technologies might be for U.S. urban areas (especially applied to cities in the Midwest).

The program will take place in multiple locations including Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmo, and other sites of interest. The travel includes site visits to key locations in four separate cities that have made a conscious and comprehensive effort to become more "sustainable" in a variety of ways. Innovative and trend-setting projects in sustainable design and construction are of particular interest. Specific topics of study include: urban design strategies, ecological design, parks and plazas, eco-neighborhoods, new town planning, waterfront redevelopment, public transportation systems and social infrastructure. Students will explore some cities by riding bicycles. 

For updates on the itinerary please check the program director’s website.

Locations include:
Denmark: Copenhagen and Humlebaek
Sweden: Malmo
Germany: Berlin, Weimar and Potsdam
Spain: Barcelona and Monserrat

European Architecture Studies

Contact | Jackie Gargus; Karla Trott
Trip Dates | Summer 2018
Application Deadline | January 3, 2018
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | ARCH 5798 (3cr) 

The Ohio State University's study abroad program in architecture has been in place since 1986, concentrating on different areas of architectural importance. This program will explore cities throughout Europe to focus its attention on the roots and continued development of modern architecture. Students will participate in site visits of major monuments and towns, lectures by local experts, museum tours, sketching and analysis exercises and seminars on urban and architectural form, tectonics and theory.

Read more about the student experience here.

Knowlton School Rome Program

Contact | Justin Parscher
Trip Dates | Summer 2018
Application Deadline | January 3, 2018
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | ARCH/LARCH/CRPLAN 5798 (3cr)

The course will outline a set of strategies for the study of the city. Borrowing Rome as a case study, the course will lead students into the built environment and engage the physical friction that emerges when abstract, indeterminate systems make contact with the ground. With Rome and its environs as the laboratory, the group will cut a series of paths through the city, through its layers of material culture and time, and unearth its structure. Using drawing and observation as the primary methods of investigation, students will study the great spaces of Rome, uncoupling the image of form from its organizing structure and resulting space. Each day will produce a series of analytical studies from which field observations are transformed: layering different views and media and extracting interpretations of space, material, flow, and change over time.

Ghana Interdisciplinary Study Abroad

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There is a prevalent need for effective planning in Africa today. The time is now to face issues such as rapid urbanization, quickly growing informal settlements and the need for quality basic services such as clean water, sanitation, sustainable energy production and more. While Ghana was on track to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the country is not exempt from these issues. The purpose of this program is to focus on locally-expressed critical needs, support interdisciplinary service-learning and build on a strong planning and development foundation for a sustainable and resilient future in the Offinso North District. Our approach focuses on working hand-in-hand with the community.

Students and faculty in partnership with representatives from the Offinso North District and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology will work together to develop projects to address community defined priorities for development. This provides opportunities to match the interests and skills of students to the needs of this district. Topics could include housing, site development, community planning, renewable energy, public health, water, sanitation, agriculture, education, governance, economic development and public outreach and engagement. 

Students will have class on campus throughout spring semester and learn about the culture, history and present development challenges in Ghana while working in collaborative teams on their projects. Students will travel to Ghana during spring break, leaving on Friday prior to the beginning of break, and returning the Tuesday after classes resume. Please contact your resident directors if you have course conflicts. While in Ghana, students will experience class topics first hand, initiate implementation of projects and share the results of their research efforts.

previous programs

Northern Italy: Modern and Contemporary Architecture in Turin, Milan and Ivrea, Italy

Contact | Kay Bea Jones
Trip Dates | March 11-20, 2017

Through this traveling studio in Ivrea, students had direct access to works of exceptional modern architecture including urban design, landscapes and individual structures conceived for multiple functions, whose interiors, furniture and products incorporate a total design ethic and aesthetic.

Understanding the modern era by experiencing its best products invites inquiry about sustaining and evolving concurrent formal and cultural values. Embodying ideas of social equality, progressive aesthetics, essential rationality and affordable dwellings aimed at community well-being, students experienced the near-utopian environment expected to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018.

SANTIAGO: CHILE CULTURE AND CITY

Contact | Aimee Moore
Trip Dates | March 10-19, 2017

This short-term study abroad program immersed students in the culture, history, urban, landscape and architectural environment of Santiago, Chile. Chile is at an amazing moment architecturally with the 2016 Pritzker Prize awarded to Alejandro Arevena, also the 2016 Venice Biennale Curator. This momentum is expressed with great attention and success in Chilean contemporary designs, many focused upon these travels. Culture was explored through local markets and food, the Pre Colombian and other museums and cultural centers. Architecture and landscape highlights included visits to key historical to contemporary architecture and urban projects by Alejandro Arevena, Smiljan Radic and Elemental to name a few. This study abroad program was a valuable enhancement to the introductory curriculum of architecture and landscape architecture, though no courses in either discipline are required. The Spring Break study abroad program counted towards architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning major or architecture and landscape architecture minor requirements.

Cuba: Architecture/Landscape, Urbanism

Contact | Jackie Gargus
Trip Dates | March 9-19, 2017

This program explored cities throughout Cuba and focused on the roots and continued development of modern architecture and the interaction of architecture, politics, climate, and society. Students participated in site visits to major monuments and towns, lectures by local experts, museum tours, sketching and analysis exercises and seminars on urban and architectural form, tectonics and theory.

The program was situated in Cuba. Comparative analysis of different local styles of modernism was undertaken. Students studied landscapes and urban structure as elements in the built environment on par with buildings. One area of concentration was Havana, but other towns, landscapes, parks, and regions were also studied during the program as the group traveled by charter bus around western Cuba.

Rio de Janeiro: Culture and City

Coordinator | Aimee Moore
Trip Dates | March 13-22, 2015

This short-term study abroad program immersed students in the culture, urban, landscape and architectural environment of the coastal South American city of Rio de Janeiro. All eyes were on Rio for the final match of World Cup 2014 and soon were again for the 2016 Summer Olympics. This study abroad program was a valuable enhancement to the introductory curriculum of architecture and landscape architecture, though no courses in either discipline are required. Rio de Janeiro study abroad program counted towards architecture or landscape architecture major or minor requirements.

This educational experience was based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a truly multicultural and international city. The study abroad was one that discovers culture and the urban environment not in a classroom, but by exploring the city of Rio. Culture was explored by visiting local beaches, markets and food, Maracana Stadium and dramatic experiences such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Architecture and landscape highlights included visits to key projects by notable Brazilian designers Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx, visits to architecture and artist studios, and a tour of the new Diller Scofidio + Renfro Museum of Image and Sound on Copacabana Beach. The trip focused on varied experiences to make Rio the ideal setting for this hands-on international urban exploratory learning experience.