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09/08/2014 - 12/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/13/2014 - 05/09/2014
Deadlines:
11/01/2013
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15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 24.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Berlin offers an exceptional setting for architecture and design students to discover current and future social, economic, and technological trends. Together with the latest thinkers and practitioners, you’ll explore avenues of innovation, technology, and thought in an academic environment that stresses collaboration and exchange.

Given it’s near total destruction at the end of WWII, and subsequent division during the latter half of the 20th century, Berlin is a fascinating, exceptional canvas for urban design. What other city offers architects and urban planners the opportunity to repurpose and conceive of new spaces for a capital that is literally rebuilding itself from the ground up?

Through design workshops and lectures, site visits and collaborative studio work, you’ll tackle key issues facing globalized urban environments drawing inspiration from a city that is shifting and growing in a constant state of reinvention.

With Global Architecture + Design in Berlin you will:

  • Attend the Global Design Studio, which will address the interdisciplinary perspective inspired by ONE Lab
  • Study at Spreefeld on Berlin’s riverside, a unique experiment of cooperative self-organization and community participation. Learn about the innovative combination of private and public uses, temporary and permanent projects, living and working, urban farming and culture
  • Become a visiting student at the research labs of Technische Universität Berlin, one of the largest and most prestigious research and education institutions in Germany
  • Enjoy excursions to architectural sites throughout Germany, including Moritzplatz, a new creative center in Berlin, and Betahaus, a co-working space for the creative industries
  • Hear from, and interact with, visiting faculty and professionals during a series of lectures, critiques, and in-class visits
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Collaborative Projects

Come together and create.

Work one on one and in small groups with local TU architecture students to analyze a current, real-world design challenge, develop potential solutions, and present a final proposal. When possible, you’ll also meet with working architects involved in the actual project assigned. These projects give both you and your German peers the opportunity to work across cultural lines, sharing new ideas and perspectives. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with your peers in the other CIEE Global Architecture and Design cities to share knowledge, develop projects, and debate common questions.

Lectures

Attend open lectures and design critique sessions conducted by Technische Universität professors, visiting lecturers and other teaching staff. These lectures and sessions build on material covered during excursions and coursework.
Local architects, historians, and researchers also occasionally speak to the class, bringing a “real world” connection to subjects being discussed. At the same time, you will be virtually connected to your peers and faculty at the other CIEE Global Architecture and Design cities to view all global lectures and workshops.

Excursions

Linking the eye, hand, and mind.

Visits to important Berlin buildings and locations help your understanding of German architectural history and theory and incorporate those considerations when working on classroom and studio assignments. Examples of site visits include: the pop-up garden and green sales point, Prinzessinnengärten; the development around the Hauptbahnhof; Tempelhof Airfield/Park; and the Pigeon House at Potsdamer Platz. Overnight excursions to surrounding areas like Hamburg, Dresden, and Munich illuminate a diversity of regional styles and histories. And an excursion to one of the other CIEE Global Architecture and Design cities—Barcelona or Prague—in the middle of the semester allow you to meet and collaborate with your peers.

Partnerships

We believe in the power of collaboration. That’s why we developed this program in partnership with LEED-certified, award-winning architect and urban designer Maria Aiolova, our new Academic Director for CIEE Architecture and Design programs. Maria is an award-winning educator, architect, and urban designer based in New York City. She is co-founder of Terreform ONE and chair of the ONE Lab NY School for Design and Science.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/08/2014
12/21/2014
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,598
Housing ***
$4,850
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Students in the homestay option have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the student apartment option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $900 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (17 wks)
11/01/2013
01/13/2014
05/09/2014
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,598
Housing ***
$4,850
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Students in the homestay option have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the student apartment option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $900 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
10/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 05/01/2014
09/08/2014
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • Students must be majoring in Architecture, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability studies, Urban Design or minoring in these areas and have completed 2-3 semesters of design studio or a project-based course in their major.

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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 15 – 18 semester/22.5 – 27 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take three courses on the program: Future Cites Design Studio, Future Cities Seminar and Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops

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About the City

About The City

Berlin is Germany’s largest city and the capital of reunified Germany. It is home to roughly 3.4 million people, contains large amounts of green space and is surrounded by woodlands and lakes. At the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Berlin is influenced by strong and, at times, conflicting political and cultural forces which make it a vibrant city brimming with creativity and an energy that points to reinvention at every turn. A result of low living costs, excellent public transportation and services, and immediate local access to parks and play grounds, Berlin is ranked among the top of global urban quality-of-life indices.

Berlin is a city that showcases beautifully restored masterpieces side-by-side with modern ruins and new breathtaking architectural design and space. Due to its near total destruction at the close of WWII and subsequent occupation and division during the latter half of the 20th century, Berlin is a European capital with a unique urban morphology.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Markus Bader

Key Faculty

Markus Bader is co-founder of Raumlabor Berlin, focused on urban strategies and procedural urban development, as well as curatorial and spatial installation work on the intersections of art and the city of Berlin. He holds degrees in architecture from the Technical University of Berlin, the Berlin University of the Arts, and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Key projects have included creating concepts for activating Tempelhof Airport in Berlin (2007-2009); co-authoring concepts for the international building exhibition Berlin 2020 "City Capital - Spacious City, Instant City" (2010-2011); and artistic direction of "The KNOT,” an experiment on collaborative art in public urban spaces in Berlin, Warsaw, and Bucharest (2010). Previously, Markus has served as a guest professor at Peter Behrens School of Architecture, Düsseldorf; guest professor at Academy of Applied Arts (VSUP) Prague; and assistant professor at Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus.

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Matthias Ballestrem, PhD

Key Faculty

Matthias Ballestrem is an architect living and working in Berlin. Matthias Ballestrem is an assistant professor for architectural design at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) where he is currently researching the architectural potentials of Infra-Lightweight Concrete. He has Ph.D. in architecture and implicit space perception and is co-founder of the research group POSIA - Processes of Signification in Architecture. During his career he has lectured, taught, and was guest critic at various institutions, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Arts Berlin, the Lebanese American University and Freigeist-Akademie. He has served as a guest professor at Cornell University and was selected as a fellow at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. Matthias studied architecture at TU Berlin and as a Fulbright scholar at SCI-Arc.

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Bastian Behrmann

Program Assistant

Bastian holds degrees in sociology (B.A.) and Media Culture (M.A.) from the University of Bremen. He studied abroad in Sunderland, England on an Erasmus Scholarship in 2010. Bastian also worked in California for a student travel organization and later tutoring study abroad students in the international office of Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Science. Bastian helps students experience Berlin, coordinates excursions and intercultural activities and keeps the Berlin study center running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

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Matthias Bottger

Key Faculty

Matthias Böttger is artistic director and chief curator at DAZ: Deutsches Architektur Zentrum in Berlin and is the founder of the Berlin-based think-tank Raumtaktik – Office from a Better Future, which is focused on spatial intelligence and interventions. He is also a professor of sustainable architecture and critical spatial practice at Kunstuniversität Linz. During his career, Matthias has worked at Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Universität Stuttgart, taught art and architecture at ETH Zurich, served as professor of art and public space and the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremburg; and was selected as a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Additionally, he has served as curator for numerous projects including the exhibition “Global Player” in 2006, which communicated the influences and effects of globalization through examples from the world of professional soccer; the German contribution “Updating Germany – Projects for a Better Future” at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in 2008; and the exhibition space “aut - Architektur und Tirol – in Innsbruck” and the series “aut.raumproduktion” in 2010.

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Lukas Kronawitter

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Lukas Kronawitter is an architect and planner with diverse experience in research and sustainable design. His current practice focuses on the integration of natural resilient systems into traditional construction and planning services, identifying opportunities for cost savings, resource efficiency, and responsible water and waste cycles. In addition to practice, Lukas is an ardent researcher and educator in multiple facets of green urbanism. At the HafenCity University of Hamburg Department for Sustainable Urban and Infrastructure Planning, Lukas researched sustainable water management and co-authored the book “Water Sensitive Urban Design” published by Jovis in 2011. This research was applied to local problems in New York at Terreform ONE while assisting the ONE Lab school for design summer programs. At the Technical University of Munich, Department for Building Construction and Materials Science Lukas was awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his work on life cycle management of recyclable building materials and the development of construction systems for expedient disassembly, and at the Berlin Research Society for Energy and Environmental Technology (Forschungsgesellschaft für Energie und Umwelt Technologie) his environmental impact assessments were critical for new energy infrastructure in northern Germany. His work has been presented at leading institutions including the United Nations in New York and UNESCO in Paris.

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MIchael LaFond, Ph.D.

Key Faculty

Michael A. LaFond is a professor of the International Urban Management Master’s Program at the Technical University Berlin and is the director of id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability in Berlin. He holds a doctorate in urban design and planning from the University of Washington and has decades of experience in fields related to architecture and sustainable community development, urban design and planning, citizens initiatives, art, and urban culture. During his career, Michael has led a wide range of university, research, and teaching projects focused on self-organized, civil society-initiated, re-developments of vacant land and buildings, informal planning, innovative uses of environmental technologies, and democratizations of urban planning processes. He has partnered with the City of Berlin, the European Commission, and a large number of foundations. His work is focused on urban, international co-housing cultures—self-organized, community-oriented, inclusive, and sustainable forms of housing—as well as the exploration and development of convivial technologies.

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Benjamin Lorch

Resident Director

Benjamin Lorch heads the CIEE Study Center in Berlin by both developing and leading study abroad, customized and faculty programs in partnership with major Berlin universities and educational institutions.

Lorch is a double graduate of The University of Chicago where he studied urban development policy, sociology and media. Prior to his work with CIEE, Lorch served at Head of Communications for the Berlin School of Creative Leadership Executive MBA Program.

From 2000-2006 Lorch served as Managing Director of the Chicago Public Schools | University of Chicago Internet Project, a model program for educational outreach and community partnerships. In 2006, upon being selected as a Robert Bosch Fellow, Lorch returned to his ancestral German roots and moved to Berlin. He has worked at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (International and EU Cooperation Division — Bonn).

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Tobias Walliser

Key Faculty

Tobias Wallisser is a partner at LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, which operates as an international network from offices based in Stuttgart, Germany, and Sydney, Australia. Currently, the office works on projects in Germany, Saudi Arabia, China, and Australia. Since 2006, he has served as professor of innovative construction and spatial concepts at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart.After studying architecture in Berlin, Stuttgart, and New York, Tobias worked in the United States, the Netherlands, and Germany. He served as associate architect at UNStudio in Amsterdam for 10 years, and played an instrumental role in the emergence of the Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum, which has attracted worldwide attention for its innovative spatial concept. Additionally, Tobias worked for Asymptote Architecture on the Virtual New York Stock Exchange in 1997 and for the German firm KTP on an award-winning low-energy office project in Germany.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Spreefeld Berlin

Spreefeld Berlin is a project initiated to support the community and solidarity for future residents and the closer surrounding, while acting economically and ecologically sustainable. SFB is a building and housing association of currently 60 members, which builds three housing complexes with collaborative living areas at Köpenicker Straße 48/49. These living spaces will be used in horizontally as well as in vertically organized part-neighborhoods in 20 housing units. Furthermore, parts of the buildings on the ground floor should be used as business space for shops, handicraft or services with collaborative purposes and contents, which support the direct contact between Spreefeld and its surroundings

CIEE Study Center

The CIEE Study Center Berlin, Germany is located in the historic and lively residential city district of Mitte in former East Berlin. Split over two floors, the Study Center ground floor serves as the CIEE student lounge, gallery and library-study space while the high-ceilinged, sunlit upper floor holds classrooms, seminar rooms, and the Global AD Studio. Local cafés and restaurants surround the CIEE Study Center Berlin which is well connected to the Berlin public transportation system and sits just one block from the ornate and historic Zionskirche, The Church of Zion.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students will be placed in homestays or in shared apartments. For students staying with host families, they will live in a single bedroom and have two meals included—generally breakfast and dinner. For students staying in shared apartments, there may be a possibility of a shared bedroom. Meals are not included in the program fee for the apartment option and are the responsibility of the student. Restaurants near the BSEL and CIEE Study Center also provide reasonable alternatives.

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Orientations

Orientations

The study abroad orientation program familiarizes students with the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Berlin.

At the end of orientation, students will be familiar with their new surroundings, be settled into their accommodations, and have a strong support network. Ongoing support by study staff is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Students are required to bring wireless-enabled laptops to use while on the program for both academic paper writing and studio work. Wireless Internet is available at the CIEE Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Site Visits

Throughout the semester frequent site visits to important Berlin locations will inform the teaching and learning. Woven through the curriculum are important buildings and sites that students will be asked to study and incorporate into their understanding of German architectural history, theory and practical considerations when working on classroom and studio assignments. Research, data gathering and recording will be an important part of site visits as a way of visually understanding spaces and structures and powerfully linking the eye, hand and mind in the learning process.

Examples of site visits include Moritzplatz, new creative center of Berlin; Betahaus, a co-working space for the creative industries; Prinzessinnengärten, a pop-up garden and green sales point; Modular, retail for the creative industries, economic development anchor; development around the Hauptbahnhof; Tempelhof Airfield/Park; Development along the River Spree; Pigeon House at Potsdamer Platz.

Overnight Excursions

Two longer overnight excursions will also expose students to other extra-Berlin-Brandenburg influences and styles. An excursion to other German cities such as Hamburg, Dresden and Munich will illuminate the diversity of regional styles and histories. A second excursion to an architecturally significant European city will also be made. Possibilities include a focus on the historical – Weimar (heavy with cultural and architectural heritage); Dessau (Bauhaus Dessau Museum and UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and a focus on the contemporary/future – Feldheim – self-sufficient town generating its own power or ENERCON in Magdeburg, developer and builder of wind turbines.

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Academics

Academics

The Global Architecture + Design curriculum in Berlin consists of three main components: a Future Cities Design Studio; Seminar; and Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops. Students may opt to take a CIEE elective course.

Courses will be taught in English by CIEE-contracted faculty who will also facilitate collaborative projects with local professionals and peers. Field trips to visit historical sites, new buildings, and environmental initiatives enhance students’ understanding of “cities in transition”.

Academic Culture

Utilizing an approach that is both interdependent and interdisciplinary, students are encouraged to inquire, debate, collaborate, conduct experiments, and rethink the potential of today’s architects and designers. The aim is to develop a language of technological design that can create immediacy between individual responsibility and the current global environmental crisis. Environmental problems are a crisis of human alienation from the natural world, and the initiative explores ways in which design can alleviate this unfortunate separation. What is required to comprehend globality today is a close study of specific places, cities and cultures. In order to create an educational experience that breeds cosmopolitanism, Global Architecture + Design in Berlin works with elements of history and tradition just as it takes full advantage of new technologies and the opportunities of global exchange.

Nature of Classes

All courses are CIEE courses and for CIEE students only.

Language of Instruction

English

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Courses

Future Cities Design Studio
Globalization has had a profound impact on the shape and dynamics of cities. This impact can be felt at the historic urban centers and on agricultural peripheries alike. While recognizable city centers might remain, in many cases they are now supplemented with multiple centers, hubs and nodes. Typically, these centers are drawn together in a network of communication infrastructures (rail, road, air, internet) to form complex polycentric urban systems that extend far into once rural hinterlands. The scale, reach and networked quality of these urban configurations have generated both positive and negative urban experiences at the local, regional and global levels.

Using Berlin as a laboratory, the studio will be used to examine an illuminating hypothesis: in the future, cities will grow to be self-sufficient in their critical necessities through massive public works and infrastructural support.

This studio will examine this emergent urban condition by focusing on those sites that are seen to concentrate spatial, economic, social and cultural experiences to positive effect. It is interested in the new kinds of intensity of urban experience that are stimulated by the interactions of local sites (topographically) and trans-local networks (topologically). It will pay particular attention to the catalytic circumstances or specific conditions of possibility that give rise to new, productive and sustainable forms of urban experience. In doing so, the studio will focus on two significant urban conditions: at the neighborhood scale it examines specific building typology in the urban fabric or, at the regional scale, will focus on large infrastructure such as an airport as the driver of a particular kind of urbanization in specific sites in Barcelona, Berlin and Prague.
Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Future Cities Seminar
Global Challenges to the 21st Century City: Design and the Promise of Sustainability

Three momentous changes, occurring only within the last decade, are having a lasting effect on our planet: 1. More people now live in cities than in the countryside, an unprecedented occasion in human history; 2. There is now a consensus that human activity is a powerful, adverse contributor to climate change; 3. A new revolution is underway—replacing the previous model created by the Industrial Revolution—that is based on a search for alternative, renewable energy generation and sustainable living. The intention of this course is to research the myriad consequences of these radical changes to the city, and explore how architectural and urban design is adapting to address these changes.

The course will investigate a series of interrelated themes of fundamental importance to the health of cities: political will and political failure in the determination of urban policy; the role of the automobile in the propagation of suburban sprawl; demographic challenges (shrinking versus expanding cities); the enduring influence of specific modern urban movements (Garden City, modernism, postmodernism, “Critical Reconstruction,” “New Urbanism”); contrasting patterns of racism, poverty, and immigration; the emergence of a "planet of slums;" security in an age of war, chronic criminality and terrorism; the threat of disease and epidemics. Global warming and environmental degradation will be a central concern. The accelerated consumption of oil and energy, the unregulated creation and dispersion of pollution, the alarming increase of CO2 emissions, and the consequent alterations to the earth's climatic equilibrium are no longer phenomena that can be ignored by architects and urban planners.

Current building projects offer exciting solutions for the use of recycled energy, efficient lighting, natural materials, converted infrastructure, and ecological/political coordination, and we will visit several during scheduled field trips. The resulting insights into strategies for creating livable, socially responsible urban environments will be valuable both to students of architecture and those outside the discipline. For indeed, cities have always reflected the combined efforts of human civilization and will continue to require interdisciplinary teamwork to survive and flourish.
Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops
In a series of hands-on workshops, the students will learn the processes of synthetic biology, smart materials and nanotechnology, growing materials, scripting and computational modeling for controlled growth, and many more. The workshops will be developed in collaboration with faculty and innovators in each city.

  • Digital Fabrication

    In design, architecture and many other disciplines, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) fabrication equipment has given designers unprecedented means for executing formerly challenging projects directly from the computer. By surpassing the limitations imposed by manufacturing systems based on standardization, the impact of these technologies has fundamentally challenged the paradigm of production, thus opening a wide field of research and experimentation practices and unimaginable design opportunities. In this new context, the workshop will incorporate these technologies as part of its academic agenda and work environment with a Fab-Lab at IAAC that is equipped with several large scale CNC machines (laser cutters, CNC Milling Machines, 3D printers, etc) and spaces for prototyping in a large industrial warehouse setting.
  • Soft Infrastructure

    This workshop will explore soft infrastructure for mitigating natural hazards based on the sophisticated understanding and mimicry of such natural systems. We will test the possibility of creating a porous boundary where water meets land to dampen powerful storm currents as well as encourage the development of new estuarial habitats. This water infrastructure consists of estuarine canal outlets to tidal strait and water filtration sponges enabling hydrology of wetlands for plant and organism growth.
  • Parametric Design

    The conceptual and technical sphere of parametric design will be introduced in this workshop by learning systemic processes capable of reacting to various ecologic factors. We will focus on parametric design logic, computational geometry, modeling techniques, and environmental influencers to create radical design answers. The workshop will focus on formal synthesis based on a combination of scientific rigor and artistic expressionism. A Series of programs will offer the possibility to explore parametric and computational design with extraordinary flexibility. The workshop will reexamine the role of parametric design and demand judgment rather than rely purely on calculus. The use of parametric computation will be less interested in aesthetics than in solutions—a series of fixes that happen fast and smart.
  • Advanced Environmental Digital Design

    Workshop focused on parametric tools (such as grasshopper and ecotect) with the help of plug ins (such as Geko or Galapagos) for the development of parametric geometries controlled by environmental parameters.
  • Urban Sensing

    Urban Data Workshop focused on the development of digital tools and urban applications based on the real time data captured for enhancing citizen participation with the goal of a more optimized and efficient inhabitation of our cities and neighborhoods; Digital Fabrication and Atomization in Construction Workshop based on rapid prototyping and robotic manufacturing for new construction techniques and advanced materials experimentation.

CIEE Elective Courses

German Architectural History and Theory
This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of the German architectural tradition through a historical survey of key buildings and urban spaces. Political, cultural, historical and technological factors will be closely studied as influences on the process of design and final built forms. The themes of creation and destruction, growing and shrinking cities and sustainability will run through this course. This course will also examine the worldwide influence of German architects with careful attention paid to distinctions between German and American styles and the interplay therein. Site visits throughout Berlin, drawing and photography will be used to sharpen the student’s eye for detail. Sites include, the buildings of Unter den Linden and the Museum Island (by Schinkel, Prussian classical), Tempelhof Airport (by Speer & Sagebiel fascist), Potsdamer Platz (by Jahn and Piano, modern). Guest lecturers and ongoing lectures at the UdK augment the curriculum.
Recommended credit 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Monument, Memorial and Public Space in Germany (1919-Present)
This course looks at the important role that monuments, memorials and public spaces have played in Germany’s turbulent modern history. Weimar designs, Fascist Nazi designs and the stark contrasts between former-East and former-West German places and spaces are highlighted as expressions of cultural values and dictated doctrine shaped by the powerful and complex historical forces of war, politics, aesthetics and collective memory. In addition, postwar and post-Wall ruins and rebuilding efforts shed light on what today is saved, what is erased and what is honored on the German landscape. Particular attention is given to Holocaust memorials and places of remembrance. Themes of pride, shame, memory and collective consciousness run deeply through this course.
Recommended credit 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Seminar on Living and Learning in Berlin
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Berlin is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Germans are different from and similar to themselves and others. This learner-centered, interactive course provides opportunities, both inside and outside the curriculum, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Berlin and Germany. Students learn about local cultural practices and values, develop intercultural communication skills, and discuss daily experiences with other CIEE students under the guidance of a knowledgeable cultural mentor. Topics include: values and culture; educational culture, stereotypes and generalizations; intercultural communication; global and self-awareness; empathy and perspective-shifting. Written assignments offer opportunities to apply the concepts they have learned, and to analyze their own cross-cultural interactions.
Recommended credit 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

The CIEE Study Center in Berlin does not currently offer language courses, but CIEE resident staff can facilitate students’ enrollment in a German language institute. For students choosing this option in lieu of a CIEE elective, CIEE will cover the cost for 60 hours of instruction.

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