CIEE Barcelona Program: Architecture & Design
Semester: Spring 2011
Home School: Arizona State University
These last couple weeks in Barcelona have been all about projects! In my foundations in architecture studio we have been working on designing a house in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, and I really like seeing how the design process is coming together.
First we went to the lot to do a site analysis, which included looking at the other facades of neighboring buildings, calculating the slope of the street, measuring, and taking some notes about the conditions of the site. Then we worked on building models and setting up floor plans. Finally, before we leave we are going to do a final rendering using the SketchUp program on the computer.
While in my Architectural Composition IV class at Universitat Internacional Catalunya we are working on a project about buildings and public services in Barcelona. In groups we are preparing a model and an informative panel for an exhibition.
There is only one American student per group so I have been able to practice speaking Spanish with my 3 Spanish group members. While we work together I like asking them about the culture here and they ask me about my life back home. It is so funny sometimes when we compare differences.
The other day when we were preparing a presentation a guy in my group got really serious looked at me and said “Abby I have a question, in the United States do they call Las Vegas, Vegas sometimes?”
“Yes they do,” I replied
“But why??” he persisted, “People don’t call Los Angeles, Angeles.”
Another time I commented to my group, “You can’t buy eggs for breakfast in Barcelona. It is really different for me.”
This prompted a group member to ask me, “Is it like the movies where you live? You know, where the mother prepares a big breakfast in the morning and then the children go meet the yellow school bus?”
But before I could answer another guy said, “They exist! I went to California and I saw yellow school buses!”
Too funny! Anyways, talking with them has definitely been a really cool learning experience for me!
Abby's previous post is here.