GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, NEWSLETTER SPRING 2015, ISSUE I
With the Spring 15 semester well underway, students have already had many opportunities to experience both the Catalan and the Spanish cultures, to discover the city of Barcelona and to get involved into the intensive academic process of the Global Architecture & Design Program. At the host institution IaaC, students are discovering new design methods, learning new technologies and becoming familiarized with the FabLab. In short, they are are quickly becoming part of the IaaC Community.
Eli (from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) and Addison (from Philadelphia University) share images and impressions from from this first month in Barcelona:
“We have been in Barcelona for a month now and it has gone by so quickly. We have made new friends, adjusted to a new city and culture and learned a ton! There are seven of us in the Global Architecture and Design program and we have all become good friends. Here are some of the highlights from our first month in Barcelona!
Our first full day in Barcelona was El Dia de Los Tres Reyes. Which is a holiday to celebrate when the three kings came from across the world to give presents to baby Jesus. We went with our Guardian Angels to watch the impressive parade with beautiful parade floats and confetti they shot candy out from the floats and into the streets.
Our first weekend trip was a hike up Mt. Tibidabo. After about a 45-minute hike we arrived at the top of the mountain with breathtaking views. We later stopped for a traditional Catalan meal. We ate Calçot, which are large sweet onions that are grilled. The traditional way of eating them is by peeling off the exterior layer and then dipping it in a sauce made from nuts. The calcots are typically served with wine that is drunk out of the vessel that it is served in.The picture below is the seven of us in the Global Architecture & Design Program on our first visit to our Besos River site. The first few weeks in our design studio have been lectures and activities focused on understanding the context for our project. We have been collecting data in groups at our Besos River site on several different variables.