Architecture in Europe
- Learn about historical and contemporary trends in European urban design.
- Visit important individual buildings in Rome, Florence, Venice, Ljubljana, Vienna and Prague
- Engage in mapping and field observations to document, diagram and understand the numerous forces that shape the cities’ pasts, futures, and the daily lives of their inhabitants.
The summer 2017 Architecture in Europe program will take us to Italy (Rome, Florence and Venice), then to 3 capital cities in Eastern Europe (Ljubljana, Vienna, and Prague). In addition to visiting important individual buildings, the primary emphasis for this study abroad program will be to study urban design and infrastructure (public space, natural features, waterways, monuments, transportation, and services) and how these affect the public realm. We will engage in mapping and field observations to document, diagram and understand the numerous forces that shape the cities’ pasts, futures, and the daily lives of their inhabitants.
Through on-site visits, sketching, diagramming, photography, digital mapping, students will experience and analyze the language of design while immersing themselves in the rich variety of cultures from southern to Eastern Europe. The Architecture in Europe study abroad program will familiarize students with historic and contemporary trends in European urban design. There is a reciprocal relationship between urban design and culture: Urban design both shapes and is shaped by cultural forces, and studying this relationship will be the premise of the course.
The program will begin in Rome, which has a host of contemporary, renaissance, medieval and ancient buildings to see and learn from. After Rome the group will spend just a couple of days in Florence, the seat of the Italian Renaissance, looking at the Duomo and its construction as well as the numerous museums dedicated to Renaissance art. Participants will then travel to Venice to visit a historic city dealing with the contemporary problem of sea level change and subsidence. From there, the group will visit Ljubljana, Vienna and Prague and study the ways these cities have been shaped by historic, cultural, natural and technological forces.
Rome (5 days): St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican; Sensory Garden At Parco Delle Rupicole (mtstudio); Colosseum; Pantheon; Stazione Tiburtina (ABDR); Ponte Della Musica (Powell-Williams); Macro Museum Of Contemporary Art (Odile Decq); Church San Pio Da Pietralcina (Studio di Architettura Anselmi & Associati); Sapienza University Faculty Of Studies In Humanities (SPSK); MAXXI (Hadid); Santo Volto Di Gesù (Sartogo).
Florence (4 days): Il Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore (Brunelleschi); Uffizi Palace; Accademia; Palazzo Vechio; Galileo Museum; Ponte Vecchio. Municipal Library (Studio Archea)
Venice (4 days): Querini Stampalia Foundation (Scarpa); Piazza San Marco; Bridge over Canal Grande (Calatrava); the Venice Art Biennale (“All the World’s Futures”); The MOSE Project/Puntolaguna to mitigate extreme tidal surges in the lagoon.
Ljubljana, Slovenia (3 days): Ljubljana Castle, Plecnik House, Plecnik’s civic and transportation infrastructure, Ljubljana Waterfront, Kino Šiška Urban Culture Center
Vienna, Austria (5 days): Bike Tour, Imperial Vienna/Ringstrasse, Otto Wagner Buildings (Postal Savings Bank, Majolica House), Otto Wagner’s water and transportation infrastructure projects; Naschmarkt.
Prague, Czech Republic (4 days): Participants will visit Prague, the old cultural center of Eastern Europe and home to over one thousand years of architectural history. One of the few undamaged cities after World War II, Prague offers some of the best preserved examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Deco buildings in Europe.
ARCH 690 Architecture Study Abroad (6 credit hours) Required.
ARCH 692 Documentation (3 credit hours) Required for M. Arch I Students, Optional for M. Arch II and III students.
Participants will stay in centrally located hotels in Rome, Florence, Venice, Ljubljana, Vienna and Prague.
The program is open to KU Masters of Architecture Students (3 year or 5 year program) who have completed ARCH 209 or ARCH 503.
The following additional students are eligible on a space-available basis:
- KU Architectural Studies Students who have completed third year
- KU Architectural Engineering students who have completed ARCH 200
- KU Design students who have completed third year and have drawing experience
Priority will be given to KU Architecture students.
Shannon Criss, Associate Professor in the Architecture Department, she currently teaches ARCH 608 studio, Arch 802 Final year options studio and is a principal at Dotte Agency, KU’s Kansas City, Kansas based urban design hub.
Nils Gore, Associate Professor in the Architecture Department, has taught at the University of Kansas since 2001. He currently teaches ARCH 509 studio courses, Arch 600 “making” courses, and is a principal at Dotte Agency, KU’s Kansas City, Kansas based urban design hub.