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10/01/2015

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, FALL 2015, NEWSLETTER I

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A new exciting semester is here and Architecture and Design students are already fully immersed in the local life of the city!

Ad1Brit and Kristin with their host family right after their arrival, and at a weekend trip with them in Colera (Girona)

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AD students partaking of CIEE-organized orientation and cultural activities

 Classes are well underway. As part of the core class “The City in Visual Culture”, students have been to the Raval neighborhood and studied the gentrification process that started 30 years ago. They have also visited an exhibition called Piso Piloto, which explains “the relationship of mutual cooperation [of Medellín and Barcelona] that have been distinguished internationally for having promoted an inclusive urban planning strategy that has put many public spaces at the service of social redistribution”.

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AD students during a walking tour in the Raval: Museum Maritim, Rambla del Raval, CCCB and a graffiti in carrer de Joaquim Costa

 This exhibition was a very fitting start for the Architecture Studio too. This semester’s project is about social housing in Barcelona. The assigned site is a contested lot located in Barcelona´s historic old center in the Ribera neighborhood. Formerly a military facility the site was zoned for public housing for the elderly and a public space. At the present moment there is a heated debate going and protests by neighborhood groups because a new hotel is in construction. The site has archaeological remnants of the city´s Medieval wall and a canal dating back to the middle ages.

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The students discussing their first ideas for their projects with their instructor

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The site for the Architecture Studio Project

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