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01/12/2017

Architecture + Design, Fall 2016, Newsletter III

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With our final Fall newsletter, we want to share with you some of the final projects that our students did for their courses. Eliza, from Oberlin College, Audrey, from Wellesley College and Jamie, from Miami University-Oxford, enrolled in ELISAVA School of Design courses. Please watch the following videos and learn more about their work for their courses there!

ELIZA, FROM OBERLIN COLLEGE + AUDREY, FROM WELLESLEY COLLEGE

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 JAMIE, FROM MIAMI UNIVERSITY OXFORD

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Christelle, from Lehigh University

Also please watch Christelle, from Lehigh University, explain the nature and some of her ideas for her Architecture Studio project.

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11/10/2016

Architecture + Design, FALL 2016, NEWSLETTER II

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“INTERCULTURAL” ARCHITECTURE

More than halfway through the semester, CIEE Architecture and Design students are fully used to Barcelona, and they are also becoming fully acclimated to the specifics of architecture and design in the city. Very appropriately, a few days ago local architect Genís Bargués gave a guest lecture for the program’s core class (The city in the visual culture), and he spoke about how having lived abroad had helped him become a better architect. Genís explained the challenges of practicing architecture out of one’s comfort zone, which he had experienced during the four years he lived and worked in Turkey. Following the idea of Iñaki Ábalos, Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design: “We must fight against beret: settle in a place does not give certainty. The formation of an architect is infinite-ly more interesting if it is able to have the world on the head”.

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This first-hand architectural and intercultural experience is possible for CIEE students too! This semester, Parker (Washinton State University) chose to bit the bullet, and he is interning with Demostudio. Check out his impressions about his experience in this video.

 

10/04/2016

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, FALL 2016, NEWSLETTER 1

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Barcelona… ¡Madrid!

The Fall 16 semester started a few weeks ago, and students are already settled and well adjusted to life in Barcelona. We are not wasting time, and on the third week of the program, Architecture and Design and Global Architecture and Design students went on a joint academic trip to the capital of Spain: Madrid. During the weekend, students enjoyed the wonders of the capital of Spain and they also checked firsthand some of the differences between Barcelona and Madrid. They now understand better the (friendly) rivalry that exists between the two most important cities in Spain!

Natalie, from the Univesity of Virginia, has explained to us her impressions about Madrid. Check it out in this video:  

We also want to share with you some pictures of our students during some of the visits that we organized for them, from the two most important art museums in the city (Museo del Prado and Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia) to some off the beaten path visits, such as communal gardens, El Matadero Cultural Center or the Madrid Rio, one of the newest additions to the city.

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Natalie and Melanie, from University of Virginia, during the walking tour in the center of Madrid.

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Views at Plaza Mayor

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Mark, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo at Perrault's bridge in Madrid Rio

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Visit to "Esta es una plaza", a communcal garden in the neighborhood of Lavapiés

04/20/2016

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, SPRING 2016, NEWSLETTER III

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Being a graphic design intern

In our last Spring 16 newsletter, we want to highlight Caroline’s amazing experience as a graphic design intern. For the past three months, Caroline (University of Tulsa) has worked 8 hours a week at Herder, a well-known publishing house in Barcelona … and two of her own designs for book covers have been printed! Watch this video and hear her talk about her experience:

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Caroline, with one of her published designs

Looking in retrospect

While the Spring semester has come to its end, our students’ impressions of what it means to study abroad in Barcelona with CIEE will always stay with us. Please watch Beth (University of Kansas) and Emily (Princeton University) talk about it.

03/17/2016

Architecture + Design, Spring 2016, newsletter II

NORTH AND SOUTH

As weeks go by, students are discovering the variety and diversity of Spain. In contrast to what one may think before arriving in Spain, this is a very diverse country. Our students have been able to feel the differences by travelling to two very diverse geographic areas within Spain: North and South, Bilbao and San Sebastian, and Seville and Cordoba. Whereas in the North, the students could enjoy and experience the newest renovation of Bilbao around the Guggenheim Museum, which has turned the city from the old industry to a contemporary city of services, in the South, they experienced the most traditional image of Spain by visiting the historical cities of Seville and Cordoba.

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Emily, from Princeton, in the Reales Alcázares in Seville. The extremely detailed geometric decoration in stucco and ceramics and the calm of the open spaces impressed the students

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At the main entrance of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, students felt the deep renovations along the two banks of the river.

IMG_0307IMG_0299Richard Serra’s Time and Space is probably the most interesting installation at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The long corten steel walls create interesting spaces in which one’s perception of space and time might change.

IMG_0467Gabriella, from Kansas University, taking a picture of the beautiful light coming from a stained glass window in the Mosque of Cordoba

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The combination of Muslim and Christian styles in the Mosque of Cordoba bears good witness to the mix of cultures that has always characterized Spain.

DOES FREEDOM IN DESIGN EXIST? ROUND TABLE AT CIEE

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On a  different note, our students had the opportunity to meet a few local practitioners and discuss local practices of design in contemporary Barcelona. Álvaro (from Outline Studio), and Mar and Carla (from Xurris&co) were invited to a CIEE round table, where the meaning, challenges and opportunities of being a designer in Barcelona were addressed. Issues such as the relationship with the clients, the freedom to do what one really wants, or how to get new clients were some of the main points of the round table.The local designers also presented their projects and explained their creative processes, all in all creating a very stimulating atmosphere for our students.

01/26/2016

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, SPRING 2016, NEWSLETTER I

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First days at ELISAVA (new Design track in English!)

This Spring semester, three CIEE students on the Architecture and Design program have signed up for the new ELISAVA Study Abroad program. This new program, taught in English, has been recently launched by ELISAVA School of Design, our long-time partner for direct enrollment courses in Spanish. The new program is completely taught in English and it thus provides students that don’t speak Spanish well the opportunity or being part of the local design scene too.

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Mercedes, from Lehigh University, was very excited to meet the other international students and to visit the school’s classrooms and workshops

Living like locals, designing for locals

Shortly after arrival students in the program Architecture track started their classes. As part of their “Architecture studio” class, they visited Casa Bloc, an apartment building initiated in 1933 by the Catalan government with the objective to create quality, modern housing that met the basic standards of living, for workers in need. The purpose of this visit was to provide precedents for the students’ first project with Prof. Rafael Gómez-Moriana: an “ideal apartment unit”.

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Beth, Emily, Gabrielle and Tyler enjoying their visit to Casa Bloc

Unlike North America, where most people live in houses, in Spain most people live in pisos, or apartments. The apartment usually doesn’t have windows on all sides.There’s always some sort of communal entrance and stairway, and with luck also an elevator. Life in apartment buildings is much less private: the noise, cooking smells and eyes of neighbors often take some getting used to.

Yet, apartment life is the future of cities. The single family house is entirely dependent on the availability of cheap energy and cheap land, and who knows how much longer that will last. What can architecture do so that the quality of life in apartments is good? Bringing daylight into all the bedrooms and living and dining room of an apartment is an architectural challenge. How can apartments perhaps even generate part of the energy they consume from renewable sources? Can apartments be designed with some flexibility in mind, so that different kinds of households can use them in different ways? Can apartments be built more affordably, so that more people can access them? Can they be built in a way that emits less carbon into the atmosphere, thereby slowing climate change? These are the most important questions facing housing design today, and they are architectural questions.

12/23/2015

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, FALL 2015, NEWSLETTER III

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WRAPPING UP THE SEMESTER

The Fall ’15 semester has already come to its end and it has been time for wrapping up all the experiences lived in the last four months. As one of her assignments for the class “The city in visual culture”, Hannah (Tulane University) made a project in which she proficiently used the signs where visual culture is produced in Barcelona. Her work encapsulates really well her degree of immersion in the city and works as a perfect summary of this semester that has quickly come to an end.

In Hannah’s own words:

“I wanted to create a spin-off of the 10 B4rc3l0n4s by imaging how the districts of Barcelona could be represented in a museum. I thought it might be interesting to portray them like different rooms, similar to the way in which Gaudí’s buildings are turned into museums. I chose to represent district 1, 6 and 10 (The old city, Gràcia and Sant Martí). In order to create the rooms, I used images that I felt had a strong visual identity when I experience and navigate throughout the districts”.

Here you can check the original 10 B4rc3l0n4s promotion and Hannah’s spin off:

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The Old city, Gràcia and Sant Martí districts in the "10 B4rc3l0n4s"

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Hannah's Old city, Gràcia and Sant Martí rooms

11/19/2015

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, FALL 2015, NEWSLETTER II

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Five Students, Five words

We’ve asked our five architecture and design students to reflect on their experience and their learning process in Barcelona and to define it in just in one word: challenge, self-discovery, adventure, experiential, and expression are the words that have come up. Please watch this short video where Britnee (University of Colorado Boulder), Kristin (Howard University), Jill and Hannah (Tulane University) and Katharine (Wellesley College) explain the reasons for their choice! 

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!

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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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04/14/2015

architecture and design spring 2015, newsletter issue III

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