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09/04/2014 - 12/19/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 24.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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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
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Extended to: 10/15/2013
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2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

A diverse, modern community, Barcelona offers a striking environment 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.

Vibrant and unconventional, Barcelona is one of the most dynamic centers of architecture and urbanism in Europe. And that makes it the ideal laboratory for students eager to experiment with new ways of transforming and redefining space. Drawing on the city’s energy and rich visual texture as inspiration, you and your peers will encounter a wide field of research, experimentation practices, and unimaginable design opportunities. In class and in the field, you’ll examine the intersection of technology and urbanism, and the connection that exists between design, individual responsibility, and the current environmental crisis.

With Global Architecture + Design in Barcelona you will:

  • Attend the Global Design Studio, which will address the interdisciplinary perspective inspired by ONE Lab
  • Conceive and execute design projects in studio space located at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), in the 22 area of Barcelona
  • Learn in and use the FabLab facilities at the IAAC, a cutting-edge education and research academic institution dedicated to the development of architecture that meets the challenges of the 21st century
  • Take field trips to San Sebastián and Bilbao, and experience most recent buildings by international architects.
  • Visit sites including the Moorish palace of the Alhambra in Granada and the Jürgen Meyer’s Metropol Parasol, a contemporary addition to the city of Seville, to see the translation of designs from the page to real life
  • Meet leading architectural firms in Barcelona
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Collaborative Projects

Come together and create. Join local architecture students to explore creative uses of technology for experimental and practical purposes. Learn-by-doing research integrates methods used in design, programming, and the social sciences to produce projects prototypes and products that will define the outer limits of what is possible to do imaginatively with technology today. You’ll also 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 IAAC 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. Plus, you’ll 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

Visit museums, local monuments, the studios of important local practitioners, and the sites of projects currently under construction.

Enjoy overnight trips to sites of major historic and architectural significance that may include Madrid, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Granada, or Bilbao/San Sebastian. And travel to one of the other CIEE Global Architecture and Design cities—Berlin or Prague—in the middle of the semester 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
09/04/2014
12/19/2014
$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, 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 **
$14,373
Housing ***
$4,075
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

*** Homestay includes two meals daily. No meals are included for students in the Residencia option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
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 residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 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)
Extended to: 10/15/2013
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, 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 **
$14,373
Housing ***
$4,075
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

*** Homestay includes two meals daily. No meals are included for students in the Residencia option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,750
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
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 residencia; homestay students should budget $1,150 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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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 – 16 semester/22.5 – 24.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students participating in this program will be required to take the Future Cities Studio and Seminar which includes:

  • Future Cities Design Studio
  • Science, Engineering, and Technology Workshops
  • Future Cities Lectures
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About the City

About The City

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. The Catalan traditions of initiative, hard work, and creativity, combined with the continuous influx of different cultures from other parts of Europe, Spain, and more recently Africa, Asia, and Latin America, have endowed the city with a unique vitality and rich cultural and artistic heritage. The metropolitan area of Barcelona has a population of 2.8 million and is set between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, close to the Pyrenees and Spain's border with France. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history, ranging from the impressive network of narrow streets in the medieval quarters and the 19th century expansion full of Art Nouveau architecture (or modernista, as it is locally known), to the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redefine the skyline.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Magda Bernaus

The CIEE Resident Director, Magda Bernaus, supervises and administers the study abroad program. The Resident Director also assists students with academic, administrative, and day-to-day matters. Magda holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Barcelona, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Architectural History. She has published many articles and contributed to books on medieval art and architecture, andhas collaborated as a researcher with the Museu Nacional de Catalunya and the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat de Barcelona. She is currently a member of two research teams based at the Universitat de Barcelona: Ligna.cat, dedicated to the study of the Mediterranean coffered ceilings, and Magna Ars, with a focus on the art and architecture of the 15th Century in the Crown of Arago n. She has extensive experience teaching art and architectural history to Spanish and American university-level students.

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Few cities in the world offer modern art, architecture, and design lovers as engaging a combination of assets as Barcelona. Like an artist’s muse—“the great enchantress,” as art critic R. Hughes calls it—Barcelona has provided inspiration to many, from Catalan-born architect Antoni Gaudí, to Andalusian painter Pablo Picasso or Valencian designer Javier Mariscal. Their work, like that of so many others, is inextricably linked to Barcelona.

Barcelona’s welcoming and, as a consequence, cosmopolitan character doesn’t end there. In the last 20 years, the city has experienced a radical change in many aspects, and some of the most renowned international artists and architects—Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel—have played a leading role in the reshaping of the city’s image. They have all left an unmistakable trace in the city. I am sure this is exactly the kind of lasting imprint Barcelona will leave on you.

— Magdalena Bernaus, Resident Director

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Manuel Bailo Esteve, Ph.D.

Key Faculty

Manuel Bailo Esteve is an architect, educator, and investigator in Barcelona. He received his doctorate from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) in 2012. Manuel is cofounder of BAILORULL ADD+ in Barcelona and is currently associate professor in the Urban Department at the ETSAB, a position he’s held since 2001. Previously, he served as visiting professor at Washington University; as visiting professor at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture; and as associate professor at the Universidad de Alicante. In his architectural projects—which range from urban scale to interiorism—Manuel uses a process of investigation that seeks a balance in the assimilation of new ways of reading landscape taken from extra-architectural disciplines and their implementation through a close-to-manufacturing technology. His work has been featured in the show “On Site: New Spanish Architecture” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious International Contractworld Award and the Annual Commercial Space Award of the 9th Modern Decoration International Media Award of China.

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Javier Pena Galiano

Key Faculty

Javier Pena Gailano is a founder of XPIRAL Innovative answers headquartered in Murcia and Barcelona, Spain, and is professor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona. Over the past 15 years, Javier has served as professor directing his own units and workshops at universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the IAAC, and the University of Alicante. Recently, he held the position of director of the Self-Sufficient Buildings Master and professor of Online Teaching Faculty at the IAAC. Javier’s architectural work has been shown at many conferences and exhibitions—including the Spanish Architecture Exhibition “On Site: New Spanish Architecture” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006, the Spanish architecture exhibition Innovación Abierta in Panama 2011, and the exhibition “100 Architects of the Year” in Seoul in 2012—and has received numerous commendations and awards such as finalist at the 2000 FAD Awards, first prize of Barrio de la Paz Murcia 2006, and finalist at the AIT Awards of Public Space in 2012.

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Manuel Gausa, Ph.D.

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Manuel Gausa is principle partner and co-director of GAUSA + RAVEAU actarquitectura, office of architecture, landscape, and urban design. He holds a doctorate from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) and was honored with the Médaille de l'Académie d'Architecture de France in 2000. Among many current positions and appointments, Manuel is dean at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC); a founding member of Actar Architecture and Actar Projects Editorials; director of the Architecture and Design Department and professor of design projects in the Faculty of Architecture at the Università degli Studi; and director of the Genoa Intelligent Contexts Laboratory, Urban and Territorial Research Laboratory. Previously, he has served as director of the journal of the Association of Architects of Catalonia, “Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme”; as president of Metapolis and president of the Scientific Committee at the IAAC; as director of the master’s program Intelligent Coast hosted by Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya; and as vice president of the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development, Generalitat de Catalunya.

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Areti Markopoulou

Key Faculty

Areti Markopoulou is director of the Master’s in Advanced Architecture program at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), initiator of the Fab Lab in Greece, and co-founder of the myCity-me, a nonprofit focused on exploring how energy, information, and fabrication could lead to optimum (smart) city models, which could adapt to behavioral changes over time. She holds a master’s degree in advanced architecture from the IAAC, holds a Fab Academy diploma in digital fabrication, and has studied at the Architectural Association in London. Her practice includes collaborations with prominent architecture offices such as R+B architects, BOPBAA, MMA Architects, Azymuth, Barcelona Regional Agency, and more. In addition, she has participated in many research and development projects that include “Hyperhabitat” at the XI Venice Biennale (2008),”Fab Lab House” at the Solar Decathlon Europe (2010), “Fabrication Laboratory” at the Design Museum of Barcelona(2010), “My Very Own City” with The World Bank (2012), and "City Protocol" with the City Protocol Society (2012).

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Antonio Sanmartin

Key Faculty

Antonio Sanmartin is a founder and partner of ASz arquitectes in Barcelona and an associate professor of architectural design at the Barcelona School of Architecture, Technical University of Catalonia (ETSAB-UPC) and the School of Architecture at the International University of Catalonia (ESARQ-UIC). He received a master’s degree in architecture from New York University in Buffalo and a master’s degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. Currently, Antonio serves as associate professor on the summer Barcelona program of the Sam Fox School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He previously served as visiting graduate professor at Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York. Antonio’s design work includes the Badalona Central Library, the Santiago de Compostela Towers at the Cidade da Cultura, the Vidrà Public Housing, the Rianxo Auditorium, the Gavà sea front housing units, the Capuchinas Building for Huesca University, and the Tramway system for Barcelona.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Study Center

The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.

IAAC Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

IAAC is a cutting edge education and research academic institution dedicated to the development of architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in the construction of habitat in the early 21st century. Based in the 22@ district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, IAAC is a platform for the exchange of knowledge with faculty and students from over 25 countries, including the United States, China, India, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Sudan. Students work simultaneously on multiple scales (city, building, manufacturing) and in different areas of expertise (ecology, energy, digital manufacturing, new technologies), pursuing their own lines of inquiry on the way to developing an integrated skill set with which to act effectively in their home countries or globally.

IAAC has carried out research projects in Brazil, Taiwan, Croatia and Romania. In 2008 it was chosen to take part in the official section of the Venice Biennale with the project “Hyper Habitat” and in 2010 it presented a 1:1 scale house (entirely produced at IAAC) at the Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid where it won the People’s Choice Award. IAAC has the most advanced digital production laboratory of any educational institution in southern Europe, with laser cutters, 3D printers, milling machines and a platform for manufacturing chips.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is also an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student) or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students. These are located in urban settings throughout the city. Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allotted to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Many students choose to eat at one of the university-run cafeterias. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals and laundry facilities are available. All homestays and residencias are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center and host institutions.

As space in the residencias is limited, students who request to live there but cannot be assigned a place, are accommodated through a homestay placement. In the event that there are more requests to live in a residencia than the total available spaces, students with more advanced Spanish take priority over those with less Spanish (proficiency level is based on students´ CIEE Spanish course pre-registration and academic background in Spanish, as reflected on the transcript). Students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.

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Orientations

Orientations

An orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program introduces students to the country, culture, and the academic program, and provides practical information about living in Spain, and in particular, Barcelona. Themes such as the Spanish university system, banking, safety, how and where to shop, bilingualism in Catalonia, cultural adaptation, and many others are covered. A diagnostic language skills examination is also conducted to identify the linguistic level of all participants so that each student is placed in appropriate courses. Orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing and is maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Students have wireless Internet access at their homestay or student residencias and CIEE, and Palo Alto facilities. In addition, they can use the computer room at the CIEE Study Center.

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Culture

Culture

The program includes a series of excursions designed specifically for students of architecture and design. Architecture students will visit studios of important local practitioners and the sites of projects currently under construction. Students also have access to the CIEE cultural program offered to all CIEE program participants. This program includes such activities as cooking courses, visits to museums, and study tours of local monuments. CIEE includes two overnight trips to sites of major historic and architectural significance . These may include: Madrid, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Granada, or Bilbao/San Sebastian.

Overnight Excursions:

Galicia (Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña)
In A Coruña, students did an “Old Quarter Night Tour” and visit the Domus Museum (A. Isozaki), and the Torre de Hércules (Roman lighthouse) and Park of Sculptures. They also take a walking tour of the ‘Contemporary architecture in A Coruña’ with local architects, which includes a visit to Fundación Caixa Galicia (D. Chipperfield) and Museo de Bellas Artes by Manolo Gallego (National prize of Architecture). In Santiago, besides visiting the historical cathedral and visiting the old town, time is dedicated to making an in-depth guided tour of the Cidade da Cultura designed by Peter Eisenman.

Granada
This excursion is centered around the unique Moorish palace of the Alhambra and adjacent Generalife gardens. The city of Granada includes other places of interest that are visited as well, such as the characteristic Albaycín neighborhood or the cathedral with its Capilla Real where the Reyes Católicos are buried. Students also see a typical Flamenco show while they have dinner.

Valencia
Students take a guided tour of the city center, with buildings such as the Gothic cathedral, the Gothic Lonja and the Baroque Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. Students also visit the Ciudad de las Ciencias, where guides specializing in architecture discuss the area and its buildings, designed by Santiago Calatrava. This excursion also includes a visit to the IVAM museum of contemporary art, and guided visits to the America’s Cup area and the controversial Cabanyal neighborhood.

Sevilla and Córdoba
Students have a historical tour of the city which includes the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Contemporary additions to the city, such as Jürgen Meyer’s Metropol Parasol. A whole day is used to visit Córdoba with its mosques and Jewish quarter, as well as the ruins of the Muslim town of Medina Azahara with its museum, designed by Nieto&Sobejano (Aga Khan Award 2010). A flamenco show is included in this excursion as well.

Madrid
Activities include an introduction to Madrid guided tour (historical center). Other visits include the Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, CaixaForum cultural center and Matadero Madrid Cultural Centre.

Bilbao and San Sebastian
Students have a guided tour of the recent architectural renovation of Bilbao with a local architect. The tour ends at the Alhondiga, a Philippe Starck-designed cultural center. Students then visit San Sebastian exploring the city with professors and trying local tapas before returning to Bilbao for the night. Students have a guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum before heading to the airport.

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Academics

Academics

The Global Architecture + Design curriculum in Barcelona 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

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 we will explore 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. Even in an age of globality, architecture will remain rooted to place. What travels are images, ideas, expertise, and architects themselves. In order to create an educational experience that breeds cosmopolitanism, the curriculum 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

CIEE classes are with CIEE students only.

Language of Instruction

English

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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
Using Berlin as a laboratory, the studio will rethink what is salubrious about the city, in both its forms and its life. The design investigations will be based on one illuminating hypothesis: in the future, cities will grow to be self-sufficient in their critical necessities through massive public works and infrastructural support. The studio will explore the effects of technological interventions that can have profound impacts on the planet as a whole. The chief directives will be the shrewd intersection between technology and urbanism, especially under the rubric of ecology.

Urban Precedence
Barcelona underwent one of the deepest and most evident urban transformations of its history for the 1992 Olympic Games. The “Barcelona Model” was born as a paradigm for contemporary public space and exported worldwide. Beneath this recognized urban icon, there was a foundation of well-managed private and public agencies allowing and catalyzing the changes in all social and economical behaviors. Twenty years later, the challenges are how to incorporate new micro and macro infrastructures in an apparently finished city: the cruise ships harbor and the new sea‐tourism; the old and new airport in relation with low‐cost air companies; the new highway tunnels through Colserolla mountain; the new underground lines or the new extension of the high speed train from France and the future Sagrera station or the state of transformation of both limiting rivers, the Llobregat at the South West limit and the Besos at the North East. These examples make explicit the transformation difficulties of a metropolitan city like Barcelona.

The Site
The studio will take place in Barcelona and will work simultaneously on three levels. The studio will explore the cross roads between the creation of an exemplary public space design model, the transformation of a big piece of urban infrastructure and the current research on smart cities. Barcelona Regional, the Public Agency in charge of future developments for the Barcelona Metropolitan Areas, is sending massages to architects, urban planner, academic institution and economic agents to be proactive in defining and proposing possible sustainable future for the river Besos final section at the Mediterranean Sea. The Studio will expose students in learning about the city of Barcelona by participating in such challenge. In the final section of the Besos River, a set of issues will be addressed: Every team of students propose and built a large scale (1/50 or 1/75) performative prototype of a NEW/OTHER section of the Besos river. All sections will be consecutive. Social, Energy and water physics related experiments and maps will frame th e1to1 content scale of the exporation and construction.

Methodology
The 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 site (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 will examine specific building typology in the urban fabric and, at the regional scale, will focus on large infrastructure as the driver of a particular kind of urbanization in this specific site in Barcelona.

Future Cities Seminar
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.

Learning Objectives
A handful cities will be examined in the course as case studies, particularly as sites on which new ideas in sustainable design are being implemented (or not): Johanesburg, Brisbane and Curitiba. The main urban case study, however, will be the host city Barcelona, and its surroundings, for it is here that a rich variety of trendsetting Spanish projects of sustainable design can be experienced firsthand. These 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.

The data based mapping and models for the case study cities will also be applyed to the Besos area of Barcelona in an attempt to show a 2050 and 2100 future projection. An individual presenattion of the explotarion developed with the visual mappings and models will be expected from every student.

Science, Engineering and Technology Workshop
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. Keywords: Parametric Design, Urban Sensing, Physical Computing, Digital Fabrication, Building Physics, Urban Physics.

Learning Objectives

  • Digital Strategies – 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.
  • Digital Fabrication -
    In design, architecture and many other disciplines, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) fabrication equipment has given designers unprecedented means for executing formery 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.
  • Physical Computing and Urban Sensing - Our associative models are only as relevant as the data we use to guide them. Where does that data come from? What other dynamics exist in the city beyond what we can see, smell, and hear? This workshop will introduce physical computing applied to to understanding urban dynamics. With the Arduino platform, participants will engage specific zones of the selected sites in order to extract new means of mapping scenarios existing and to be imagined.
  • Associative Design - The final workshop will tie together the varying interfaces, data sources, and design strategies in a focused application of knowledge towards the final production.

CIEE Elective Courses

The City and the Visual Culture
(This course will examine the interrelations between the disciplines of architecture, design and art history within the framework of the contemporary city. The debate about the contemporary city has been of principal concern within Barcelona and makes it an ideal place to study such issues. While examining the theme of the contemporary city generally, specific examples from the context of Barcelona, Spain and Europe will be focused upon.
Recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Catalonia and Spain through the Arts
This course has been designed to gain knowledge about both the Catalan and the Spanish culture within an art history approach. We will look at some of the fundamental issues of the history and character of Spain and Catalonia, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Catalan independence movement, through the eyes of privileged witnesses: Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró and more. Relevant study tours will be taken.
Recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Past and Present in Barcelona
Barcelona is an attractive European and Mediterranean city known for its rich history, artistic heritage, and welcoming attitude towards visitors. This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Barcelona. Students will learn the history of the city from its foundation up to the present day, with a special emphasis on the contemporary period. Urban development of Barcelona will be analyzed using historical maps, videos, documentaries, and academic and literary texts.
Recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Language Courses

Beginning Spanish This course, designed for students with little or no prior experience in Spanish, has a communicative approach, which means it emphasizes what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course students understand phrases and expressions of common use; communicate when carrying out everyday tasks; and know how to describe aspects of one’s own past and surroundings as well as issues related to one’s most immediate needs. The course seeks to provide a basic repertoire of linguistic elements and sufficient vocabulary to meet these communicative goals; students should be able to use simple grammatical structures and pronounce, generally, in a clear, comprehensible way.
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Intermediate Spanish
This course has a communicative approach, which means it focuses on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; produce simple and coherent texts about themes of personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; as well as justify one’s own opinions or plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are acquired prepare students to deal with non-frequent themes and unpredictable situations.
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Advanced Spanish
This class is designed to challenge students with a higher level of language ability to improve on the skills they have already acquired. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need in order to adjust to living and studying in the Spanish culture. The course covers all four communicative skills (listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing) with special emphasis on complex aspects of the language that are particularly challenging for English-speakers. The course covers abstract functions of language such as expressing opinions, resolving conflicts, formulating complaints, making arguments, and negotiation. Grammatically, emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tools needed to achieve these aims: complex aspects of the various past tenses, the full range of subjunctive and conditional moods, and formal and informal registers.
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Conversation
This course is designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language. The course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional modes, indirect speech, and the passive voice. Students also learn how to handle different registers or styles of Spanish (e.g. formal and informal) necessary to communicate effectively in all types of cultural situations. The course covers all four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is specifically designed for students who take University courses in Spanish.
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
This course is designed to meet the needs of heritage students. Heritage students include native speakers who learned Spanish at home, but who have had little or no formal education in the language. The course helps students develop a formal understanding of grammar, enrich their vocabulary, facilitate their ability to speak about a wider range of topics, and use different registers (formal, informal, etc.) in both written and spoken Spanish.

ct hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
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