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SANTIAGO: CHILE CULTURE AND CITY

Contact | Aimee Moore
Next Trip | March 10-19, 2017
Application Deadline | October 15, 2016
More on the Program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Affiliated Course(s) | LARCH/ARCH 5798 (3cr)

This short-term study abroad program will immerse 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 will be explored through local markets and food, the Pre Colombian and other museums and cultural centers. Architecture and landscape highlights include 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 will be a valuable enhancement to the introductory curriculum of architecture and landscape architecture, though no courses in either discipline are required. This Spring Break study abroad program counts towards architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning major or architecture and landscape architecture minor requirements.

Ghana Interdisciplinary Study Abroad

Contact | Kimberly Burton; Kareem Usher, Ph.D
Next Trip | March 9-20, 2017
Application Deadline | October 1, 2016
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | CRPLAN 5798 (3cr) -OR- CRPLAN 4798/6798 (6cr)

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.

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

Contact | Kay Bea Jones
Next Trip | March 11-20, 2017
Application Deadline: October 1, 2016
More on the Program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | ARCH 5798 (3cr) -OR- ARCH 3420/4420 (6cr) 

Through this traveling studio in Ivrea, students will have 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 will experience the near-utopian environment expected to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018.

Knowlton School Rome Program

Contact | Justin Parscher
Next Trip | May 2017
Application Deadline | Extended to January 22, 2017
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.

Learn more about the students' experiences from May 2016 on the Knowlton School Rome Program Blog Site.

European Architecture Studies

Contact | Jackie Gargus
Trip Dates | May 2017
Application Deadline | January 22, 2017
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.

European Cities and Sustainable Urban Planning Practices

Contact | Jesus J. Lara, Ph.D
Next Trip | May 8-30, 2017
Application Deadline | Extended to January 22, 2017
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | CRPLAN 5798 (3cr) 

Students will explore how diverse approaches to planning and urban design found in northwestern 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 function of the 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 in the Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and other sites of interest. The travel includes site visits to key locations in three separate countries 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, parks and plazas, Eco-neighborhoods, new town planning, waterfront redevelopment, and public transportation systems. Students will explore some cities by riding bicycles. For updates on the itinerary please check the program director’s website

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

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

Contact | Kyle Ezell
Trip Dates | Spring Break 2017
Application Deadline | October 1, 2016
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.

Cuba: Architecture/Landscape, Urbanism

Contact | Jackie Gargus
Trip Dates | March 9-19, 2017
Application Deadline | October 1, 2016
More on the program | The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs
Academic Credit | ARCH 5798 (3cr) 

This program will explore cities throughout Cuba and focus on the roots and continued development of modern architecture and the interaction of architecture, politics, climate, and society. Students will participate 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 will be situated in Cuba. Comparative analysis of different local styles of modernism will be undertaken. Students will study landscapes and urban structure as elements in the built environment on par with buildings. One area of concentration will be Havana, but other towns, landscapes, parks, and regions will also be studied during the program as the group will travel by charter bus around western Cuba.

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London: Culture and City

Coordinator | Aimee Moore
Trip Dates | March 11-20, 2016

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.

Rio de Janeiro: Culture and City

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

This short-term study abroad program will immerse 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 will soon be again for the 2016 Summer Olympics. If you would like to visit the iconic city of dramatic landscapes, beaches and soccer legends, this is your chance. 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. Rio de Janeiro study abroad program counts towards architecture or landscape architecture major or minor requirements.

This educational experience will be based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a truly multicultural and international city. The study abroad is one that discovers culture and the urban environment not in a classroom, but by exploring the city of Rio. Culture will be 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 focuses on varied experiences to make Rio the ideal setting for this hands-on international urban exploratory learning experience.