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07/06/2015 - 07/31/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
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4 semester / 6 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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Program Overview

Program Overview

Imagine working with experts to reinvent a historic landmark into an engine for urban industrial growth. With CIEE, you’ll study with the latest practitioners to gain an understanding of how architecture and design can drive even the largest metropolis toward sustainability and self-sufficiency. Pursue hands-on design work using the latest technology to help create the “cities of tomorrow.” And explore a wide range of architectural styles, from Brooklyn’s saltbox style to the modern One World Trade Center.

Study in New York City on this unique four-week study away program and you’ll:

  • Learn in cutting-edge studio space at the CIEE Study Center in the heart of New York City
  • Work with New York City’s leaders in the architecture and design community, including Terreform ONE and New Lab, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Inquire, debate, collaborate, experiment, and rethink the potential of today’s architects and designers
  • Enjoy excursions led by leading architects and artists to sites including the Center for Architecture, the Museum of Modern Art, and the redesigned Lincoln Center
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Hands-on Design Studio and Workshops

Theory meets practice. Explore the power and role of designing with technology during a hands-on design studio and workshops. You’ll analyze work being done by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation to reinvent a historic industrial facility into a cutting-edge center that fosters creativity, design, and entrepreneurship. You’ll explore processes including smart materials, nanotechnology, scripting and computational modeling for controlled growth, and more.

Excursions

You’ll see experts in action on fascinating excursions led by architects and artists. You’ll visit storied art and design institutions like the Center for Architecture and the Museum of Modern Art, and take guided tours to some of the city’s newest architectural works, including Lincoln Center and the Juilliard School expansion. From the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan to the galleries of Chelsea; from the neighborhoods of Brooklyn to the High Line; you’ll get a taste for the city’s architecture both old and new.

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, academic director for all 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 New York 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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Summer 2015 (4 wks)
04/01/2015
07/06/2015
07/31/2015
$4,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

Students should budget for round-trip travel to New York City. Expense will vary based on departure city and method of transportation.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,850
Housing ***
$1,700

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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$600
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$350
Personal expenses
$500
Domestic Airfare
$325

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.

* amount for meals for Residencia students; students living in homestays are responsible for lunches, estimated at $450

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • Students must be majoring in Architecture, Civil and Environmental, Engineering Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability Studies, Urban Design, or minors 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 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

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

  • Future Cities Design Studio
  • Science, Engineering, and Technology Workshop
  • Future Cities Seminar
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About the City

About The City

The triangular Flatiron building. Art deco Rockefeller Center. Renaissance revival city hall. Neo-classical stock exchange. The Big Apple offers a rich feast to those with an eye toward architecture and design. There’s something to do everywhere you turn, from relaxing in Central Park to taking a breezy Staten Island Ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Maria Aiolova, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA

Academic Director, CIEE Global Architecture and Design

Maria Aiolova is an educator, architect, and urban designer in New York City. She is founding co-president of Terreform ONE and serves as chair of the ONE Lab NY School for Design and Science and the One Prize Design and Science Award. She holds a bachelor of architecture from the Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT), a master of architecture in urban design from Harvard University, and diplomas from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, and Sofia, Bulgaria. She is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects NY Award for Urban Design (2013), the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity, the Build Boston Award, and the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award sponsored by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Museum of Arts and Design (2011). Her work has won many competitions including first place in the CHARLES/MGH Station, Boston, and the Izmir Post District International Competition, Turkey. Previously, Maria has taught at the Pratt Institute, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, Parsons the New School for Design, the University of Toronto, WIT, and Boston Architectural Center. She served as visiting lecturer and critic at institutions such as Harvard Graduate School of Design, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Rhode Island School of Design.

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Christian Hubert

Key Faculty

Christian Hubert is an educator, architect, and writer based in lower Manhattan. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s of architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Christian is currently on the faculty of Parsons the New School of Design and is founder of Christian Hubert Studio, which specializes in the design of gallery spaces, artist residences, and art and culture institutions. In the past, Christian has taught at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, designed lofts for artists such as David Salle and Francesco Clemente, served as president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and has taught extensively on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. and in Canada. His lower Manhattan office currently serves as an outpost for the Ph.D. Architecture program at the University of Delft. Christian was elected to the fellowship of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in 1982.

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Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA

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Mitchell Joachim is a leader in ecological design, architecture, and urbanism. He is founding co-president of Terreform ONE and associate professor at New York University and the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Mitchell holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a master of architecture in urban design from Harvard University, a master of architecture from Columbia University, and a bachelor of professional studies with honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell as one of "The 100 People Who Are Changing America," Wired magazine chose him for “The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To,” and in 2010 Popular Science featured his work as a visionary for “The Future of the Environment.” He has won numerous awards including the Victor Papanek Social Design Award sponsored by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Museum of Arts and Design (2011) and Time Magazine Best Invention of 2007 with MIT Smart Cities Car. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published.

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Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D.

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Oliver Medevik is an open-source synthetic biologist and co-founder of Genspace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. In December 2010 Genspace opened the first-ever community biotechnology laboratory in Brooklyn, New York, offering hands-on courses to the public, providing extracurricular experiences for students, and encouraging scientific entrepreneurship, particularly in the fields of molecular and synthetic biology. Oliver is currently on the Faculty of the Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts. Medevik’s career also stems in part from his doctoral work, in which he used single-celled budding yeast as a genetic system to map pathways that underlie the processes of aging in complex organisms, such as humans. Since then, he has worked as a consultant for Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company specializing in the research and development of small- molecule therapeutics to treat age-onset diseases. Oliver has been awarded the TED fellowship for 2012, and has mentored two of Harvard’s teams for the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (IGEM) held annually at M.I.T. He obtained his bachelor's degree in biology from Hunter College, City University of New York, in 1998, and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program.

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Walter Meyer

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Walter Meyer is a landscape architect and urban designer whose work aims to capture the intersection of infrastructure, urbanism, and ecology. Meyer spent much of his career as an ecological designer for various firms, and his work included modeling ostensible hazards such as storm surge, runoff pollution, tsunamis, and unstable soils, and converting them to project assets. In 2006 he co-founded Local Office Landscape Architecture. Walter is currently an Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP. He has been a lecturer and visiting critic at Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, Parsons New School, Pratt Institute, and the University of Florida, among others. His firm’s work includes the Parque del Litoral, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico for the 2010 Central American Games, which won the 2010 AIA Honor award in Puerto Rico. It is the first implementation of phytoremediation technology at the scale of an entire city. In 2009 Local Office was awarded a state grant by the New York State Council of the Arts for CSO2GO, a series of wetland parks mounted on barges that will be deployed city wide to treat water pollution. He also won a 2008 NY-ASLA Merit Award for "Garden between City and Sea," a realization of the principles of sustainable coastal landscape architecture at the residential scale. Walter holds a B.A. from the University of Florida and a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD) from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

ONE Lab

ONE Lab is an independent design and science school, located in Brooklyn, NY. Co-founded by program director, Maria Aiolova, ONE Lab was created to educate the next generation of design innovators; to empower free interaction between students, educators, and professionals; and to produce highly creative solutions to the current global environmental crisis.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students will be placed in apartments or in student housing provided by a local private residence hall no more than a 30-minute commute by public transportation.

Educational Housing Services
EHS provides numerous off-campus residential options for full-time and seasonal students, offering fully furnished apartments and other on-site amenities, such as 24-hour security, resident advisors, and social activities for residents.

New York Student Housing - University Place
University Place is a new residence in Brooklyn designed for students enrolled at any NYC college or summer program.

For students staying in the residence halls, meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. However, inexpensive student discounted meals may be found at local student (Metro Tech) cafeterias where a meal plan is available. Restaurants near the studio also provide reasonable alternatives.

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Orientations

Orientations

Each semester begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE. The orientation includes an introduction to New York society and culture, academics, first day ‘survival’ skills and tips on health and safety. Excursions in and around the city serve as a general introduction to the subway system and major points of interest as well as needed resources and amenities.

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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 Studio.

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Culture

Culture

The center of American high fashion and the media industry, NYC is a critical destination for students looking to pursue a career in the creative industries. Prestigious arts schools, like NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; thousands of arts organizations; major soundstages and theatres; and mega-media companies all call NYC home. While in NYC you’ll have access to the world’s most diverse concentration of creative talent and activity and world-renowned entertainment opportunities.

Excursions

Guided tours to New York City's architectural highlights, urban re-development areas, flagship stores, museums, galleries and art installations will be offered. All tours are led by trained architects and artists, who are actively involved in the transformation and documentation of the city. In the past decade New York City has gained a remarkable number of new buildings by some of the best known architects from around the world.

Just some of the excursions you'll go on in NYC include:

  • Lower Manhattan: From the building site of the WTC to Battery Park
  • Greenwich Village, East Village, NOHO, SOHO and the Lower East Side: Academia, culture, and commerce
  • Chelsea and Meatpacking District: Along the High Line
  • Midtown South: From the New York Times Building to the Morgan Library
  • Midtown North: From Lincoln Center to 5th Avenue
  • Along the East River: Brooklyn bike tour
  • Along the Hudson: trip to Dia Beacon and Storm King Art Center
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Academics

Academics

Students enroll in one course, Future Cities Design Studio and Seminar, for four credits. This four-week program consists of a curriculum that includes: a Future Cities Summer Seminar; a project-based design studio; science, engineering, and technology workshops; and lectures. The program is designed to prepare students for a career in the global environment and expand your academic, social, and spiritual development through intercultural learning. In addition to lectures, seminars, and workshops, students will participate in weekly site visits or walking tours of architecturally significant buildings in New York City. By applying and integrating lessons learned in class into group work at the design studio, you’ll begin to understand the practice of architecture and design within an emerging global context.

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.

Grading System

Students will be evaluated according to the following:

  • Demonstration of imaginative and critical thinking skills.
  • Clarity, precision of argument, creativity and depth.
  • Development of a project that is appropriate to the criteria developed in class and that of the discipline of architecture, design and engineering.
  • Demonstration of technical knowledge essential to the making of architecture.
  • Ability to communicate intentions verbally and graphically.
  • Understanding of cultural, architectural, technical, and historical ramifications of projects.
  • Conscientious effort over the course of the entire quarter.
  • Completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
  • Participation in individual and group review

Language of Instruction

English

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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.

CIEE Required Courses

Whose job is it to create a city? Our intention is to jumpstart a new profession that can re-invent and negotiate the complex mix that encompasses a city. We have defined a radical new occupation to regenerate, pioneer, and sustain the future urban realm. These innovative multi-disciplinarian advocates are called Urbaneers. Their immense task is to manifest and facilitate future cities across the globe. Each Urbaneer is an individual with a different set of versatile abilities that merge previously disparate occupations. They range from combined ecological architects and engineers to action based urban planners and developers. Almost any recombined professional activities will work, so long as they meet the constantly changing needs of urbanization. Urbaneers perform in a role akin to Jane Jacobs, but at the magnitude of Robert Moses.

Future Cities Design Studio:

Using New York City, as a laboratory, and in particular, the Brooklyn Navy Yard as focus, 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. It is our supposition that the prospective ecological city is about extreme solutions to an extreme predicament.

The production of energy, alimentation, and objects are key elements which establish the basic necessities to create self-sufficient habitats. The world's population now largely resides in urban environments, disconnected from where energy, resources, and objects are typically produced. The Studio will address this disconnect and investigate which opportunities exist in urban environments for the production of these key elements. A multi-scalar and multi-site approach will be utilized to explore how the agenda unfolds with the particular economic, biological, and social factors in New York City.

At the city scale, we will identify potential productive regions in our urban habitats. At the building scale we will reconstruct a 'smart city block,' capable of production while mitigating its impact on the city environment. At the tectonic scale we will explore productive facades and building systems which are responsive to local necessities.

Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops:

In a series of hands-on workshops, the students will learn the processes of smart materials, nanotechnology, growing materials, scripting and computational modeling for controlled growth, and many more. The workshops will be developed in collaboration with faculty and innovators from New York City.

Digital Fabrication Workshop

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.

Soft Infrastructure Workshop

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 Workshop

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.

Bio Materials Workshop

The main objective of the Bio Materials is to establish a smart, self-sufficient, perpetual-motion construction technology. By combining fungal mycelia with varying types of organic substrates and carefully controlling their expansion within prefabricated molds, we will create the literal growth of structural materials. Mycoform is grown from biological materials. The process is pollution free, and has the potential to contain a low embodied energy as part of a local ecosystem. The polypore fugal species Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), possesses enzymes that readily digest a wide variety of cellulose based organic byproducts. The rapid growth of branching mycelia results in a dense matrix capable of structural support.

Future Cities Lectures:

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 condition 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 lectures will concentrate on the myriad consequences of these radical changes to the city, and explore how architectural and urban design is adapting to address these changes.

Productive Cities Lecture
Urban Ecology Lecture
The Makers Movement Lecture
The Future of Biodiversity Lecture

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