GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, NEWSLETTER SPRING 2015, ISSUE III
THE GLOBAL AD SUMMIT IN BERLIN
One of the highlights of the program is the Global AD Summit. Students participating in any of the CIEE Global AD programs met in Berlin for three days to experiment together and share projects and ideas. Mashael (University of California, Berkeley) shares her experience:
"It’s 10 am on a Thursday morning and I am sitting on a surprisingly comfortable airport bench. Next to me, Sam and Eli are doodling away in their sketchbooks, Jose and Addison are zoning off into their music, and Isabel, Rob, Jared and Maria are shuffling through their luggage trying to satisfy Easy Jet’s cruel carry-on policy. We’re all on our way to Berlin, and the thought of it gives me chills. I had always been infatuated with the Berlin aesthetic and art culture, and now I would be able to not only visit it but also participate in an architectural workshop there.
The Global Architecture and Design Workshop taking place in Berlin is made to unite the students of the CIEE GAD programs for a weekend to collaborate together to create a site-specific proposal. Our site, the Spree River, was situated right by the Berlin GAD studio. We were welcomed there right after our flight by Lucas, the Berlin Program Director. Lucas gave a quick presentation introducing the goals of the workshop and then acquainted us with the site. I was inspired by the DIY Culture of the city, it had surpassed my expectations. We were able to walk around an area right by the spree called Tee Pee Land. While some people may view this living situation as anarchist and chaotic, the Berliners saw it as an opportunity for public reclamation and innovation. I shared that sentiment; walking through Tee Pee land I saw an effort from the residents to make the land their own; doormats, twinkle lights, and even ornamental easter eggs.
Back at the studio, we got down to business. The Barcelona and Berlin GAD students were broken up into groups each tackling a separate area on the site. Once with a group, we discussed opportunities ideas for the site. We were even able to get feedback from local professors, community members, and architects about our proposals. After the intense 4-hour session, each group presented their proposal at the lecture room. Many community members attended the presentation and gave valuable feedback. At the end of the day, I was both exhausted and exhilarated. Never had I been more inspired about a place nor a community’s interest in their neighborhood".