CAPLA Abroad

Portugal, Spain
Multi-city
CAPLA Abroad
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25mid Junemid JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Varies
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

The proposed schedule is conceived for a 30-day intensive study abroad curriculum. Formal activities including classes, organized tours, office visits, and guest lectures will be held five days a week. The Spain and Portugal study abroad students and faculty will curate an exhibit of the travel research to be installed at CAPLA during the Fall 2018 Semester. This may be in the form of collage, physical models, photography, and/or a collective printed physical book.

Program Information

Summer 2018 Dates June 16th - July16th, 2018

The scope of the proposed travel program is intended for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, and BSSBE students. Course content, activities, and assignments will be modified to accommodate the strengths, goals, and interests of students within each discipline and to encourage collaboration amongst the different disciplines.

The proposed schedule is conceived for a 30-day intensive study abroad curriculum. Formal activities including classes, organized tours, office visits, and guest lectures will be held five days a week. The Spain and Portugal study abroad students and faculty will curate an exhibit of the travel research to be installed at CAPLA during the Fall 2018 Semester. This may be in the form of collage, physical models, photography, and/or a collective printed physical book.

Each student will participate and contribute to an on-going Instagram collective to be shared with CAPLA and others.

Readings prior to and during the study abroad trip may be required, these readings will lead to class/group discussions and may provide direction for daily activities based on those readings and discussion.

Academics

Methods of Making – Invention Through Tactility
ARC 497b/597b – Special Projects in Architecture 3CU

This course will be approached as a series of laboratories and processes. Students will begin the course through an intensive two day workshop as a part of the office EMBT in Barcelona where they will learn methods of making that express emotion, time, movement, collage, and designing spaces that extend beyond the “building” and create moments and spaces of pause and refuge through outdoor/in-between spaces.

Spain and Portugal are beautiful and engaging places, these places however, are still recovering from the global economic crisis and the affects can still be seen and felt through Spain and Portugal. It is through this focus that students will engage and observe the social spaces and aspects of public parks, beaches, markets, social housing, and other public spaces and forms of infrastructure.

The goal is to have students begin to think critically and define the ethos of the place while at the same time begin to take a critical stance on global issues and form agency as they find their voice while they discover and explore the world as a part of this trip and after.

Our research will lead to lifelong questions and pursuits that can become a tool to understand a place. These tools can then be applied as methods of understanding and as a way to form critical empathy by being able to perceive a problem, empathizing with the situation/problem, and being able to synthesize those observations to invent solutions.

 

Experiencing the Spectacle – Experiencing Through the Senses
ARC 471b/571b – Special Projects in Architecture 3CU

Guy Debord taught us what it is to wander, to experiencing the city through the senses and how each moment leads to the next experience. It is through this method or discovery and experiencing the city that we discover the hidden layers and the everyday life that is lived beneath the surface.

Experiencing the Spectacle will use the city as a tool/laboratory and a means to document and live the non-tangible aspects of architecture and space. Students will be encouraged to quantify through varied medias and mediums such as video, sound taste, smells, and stories to gain a deeper understanding of the city and spaces that they explore. Trying to get to the deeper layers that are not usually possible on short visits and one-time experiences.

The culture and city of Spain is a rich and at times, a volatile place to live. There is the release of the ocean, the easy access to travel via train, and the many different cultures that form distinct cities such as Barcelona and Madrid.

The course will focus on architecture that creates and extends shared outdoor and public spaces such as parks, plazas, cafes, public buildings, and other pocket spaces that are formed from the urban growth of the old and new parts of the city.

Location

The program will operate as both a fixed and traveling studio. The program will start by spending 5 days in Barcelona before setting of on the traveling aspect of the program. The studio will visit and spend between 1 and 3 days in the Spanish cities of Valencia, Granada, Seville, Leon, Bilbao, Madrid, and also Porto and Lisbon in Portugal. Barcelona and Madrid will serve as the main hubs of the trip, we will begin the trip with 5 days in Barcelona and finish the trip with 6 days in Madrid.

A typical day will include spending the first half of the day as a group and a s part of a UA faculty led excursion where we will travel and visit local architecture offices and sites within the city. The second half of the day will serve as time to explore and to conduct and produce work that will be assigned on a daily basis. Group activities will also include tours or architectural projects, museums, public spaces, group dinners, group cooking, and local events.

Weekends will be spent the same with the addition of a free weekend to explore nature and the city, seeing art, sketching, reading, and gaining memorable experiences that shape their understanding of the urban city.

Housing

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