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BERLIN - BARCELONA and COPENHAGEN
The diverse approaches to planning, urban design and development found in Northwestern Europe will be the focus of the international study program for 2014. The physical and social structure of cities will be analyzed to understand historical precedents, cultural differences and planning/design priorities. The course will take an in-depth look at 4 major European cities and other sites of interest in three separate countries that have made a conscious and comprehensive effort to become more “sustainable” in a variety of ways.
Innovative and trend-setting projects in sustainable design and construction are of particular interest. Specific topics of study include:
- Urban Design and Pedestrian Zones
- Urban Park and Plaza Design
- Exchange-abilities and New Town Planning
- Public Transportation Systems
- Urban Revitalization Processes
Initial acceptance to the program will be determined based on each student's demonstrated interest in participating in an intensive cultural immersion program and by approval by the instructor before registration.
This program offers a unique opportunity for students interested in design, planning and urban sustainability with a truly international scope. The content of this program is intended to have global relevance and an international perspective that covers the environmental, social, cultural, economics and physical dimensions of sustainability.
The program coordinator Dr. Jesus J. Lara has several years of international experience in teaching, research and collaboration with European universities. Dr. Lara was a Fulbright fellow to the Netherlands where he carried research for almost two years. He has studied and lived in Germany, Italy and Spain, and is well connected with universities in The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.
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While the emphasis of the program is on experiencing important cities and sites, a number of academic exercises are required to facilitate critical analysis and reflective thought. This course is an intensive field study program that includes guided field trips, lectures, research projects, group activities and prescribed small group and individual activities. Students will be involved in course activity, generally, between 9:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. daily. Approximately one day per week is allocated for student free time. The course schedule outlines study topics, group and small group or individual activities. Group activities are undertaken by all students at appointed times and locations. Small group or individual activities are undertaken during unstructured periods and allow students to complete required site visits and critical analysis at their own pace. The principal purpose of small group (2 or 3 students) or individual activities is to ensure that students are allowed greater exposure to local culture and places without the insulation of a large group.
The course will address the general principles of sustainability and then examine in the field, how some of these principles have been put into practice. Participants will not only gain an understanding of the planning, design and function of the European cities, but discuss and analyze how applicable these approaches and technologies might be for U.S. urban areas (especially applied to Midwestern U.S. urban centers). In other words, “what would it take” for communities in the U.S. to follow these models. In addition, the class will also involve considerable discussion about what participants are seeing in these cities (and hearing from lectures), to what degree these innovations are sustainable (and why); and whether any of these ideas are transferable to the U.S.
Courses and Credit:
Students will earn a total of 3 credit hours for City and Regional Planning 5798. This is a graduate and undergraduate course number.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,451 program fee. The program fee includes in-country transportation, breakfasts, lodging, and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, most meals and personal expenses.
The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $4,451 per student; this cost is subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 (subject to change).
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Other cost estimates not included in the program fees:
- Airfare: $1400
- Meals: $850
- Local transportation: $300
- Books and supplies: $200
- Passport: $145
- Personal expenses: $500
EligibilityIn order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA, submit a work sample, have a personal interview with the Resident Director and meet OIA’s General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. This program is open to students of all majors but priority will be given to City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture majors and upperclassmen. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus per-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
European Cities and Sustainable Urban Planning Practices: go.osu.edu/Sustainable Landscapes
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroad firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.
Students will live in hotels for the duration of the program. Travel between cities and on excursions out of cities will be by train. In cities, public transportation (metro and buses) will be used. Students are responsible for their own daily expense funds.
Package includes:•Accommodation for 21 nights in select tourist-class hotels•Continental breakfast included daily at hotels.•Copenhagen Card for 7 days, May I 0-16 inclusive.•Group entrance to Louisiana Museum of Modem Art, Denmark.•Round trip local train tickets from Copenhagen-Humpback to visit Louisiana Museum of Modem Art.•Round trip train tickets from Copenhagen to Malmo, second class.•One way train tickets from Copenhagen to Hamburg, second class.•Hamburg Card for 4 days, May 16-19 inclusive.•One way train tickets from Hamburg to Berlin, second class•Berlin Welcome Card for 8 days, May 19-26 inclusive (two 4-day cards, one to include Museum Island).•Round trip local train tickets from Berlin-Potsdam.•One way train tickets from Berlin to Amsterdam.•I Amsterdan1 Card for 6 days, May 26-31 inclusive.•Round trip train tickets from Amsterdam-Rotterdam, second class.•Bicycle rental in Copenhagen, Berlin and Amsterdam for full day (8 hours)
Copenhagen: CABINN City Hotel
Note: Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities. (THIS SECTION IS UNDER CONTRUCTION PLEAE CHECK BACK)
Note: (G) = group activity, (I) = individual or team activity.
5/9 Tuesday, Students arrive in Copenhagen
5/10 Wednesday Copenhagen
5/11 Thursday Copenhagen
5/12 Friday, Copenhagen - Humlebeak
5/13 Saturday, Copenhagen- Malmo
5/14 Sunday Copenhagen
5/15 Monday Copenhagen to Berlin
5/16, Tuesday Berlin
5/17 Wednesday Berlin to Weimar
5/18 Thursday Weimar
5/19 Friday Weiamr to Berlin
5/20 Saturday Berlin
5/21 Sunday Berlin/Potsdam
5/22 Monday Berlin
5/23 Tuesday Berlin to Barcelona
5/24, Wednesday Barcelona
5/25 Thursday Barcelona
5/26 Friday Barcelona
5/27 Saturday Barcelona
5/28 Sunday Barcelona
5/29 Monday Barcelona
5/30 Tuesday Depart to US or other destinations
Note: (G) = group activity, (I) = individual or team activity.
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Group Case Studies: (click on the images below to access the PDF report) Summer 2014
Field Studies: (This work was produced by students during the summer abroad 2011)
This assignment introduces students to standards in urban environment and sustainable urban design, and experiences through field surveys. The students will understand various issues, approaches, precedents and alternative design solutions for urban development.
Students will be able to:
• Conduct a basic people-oriented analysis of the spatial qualities of an urban space
• Convert analysis into concepts and strategies
• Produce space program and conceptual design for an urban space
• Identify the key issues in creating livable urban spaces.
Parts of this class included in depth case studies in four areas:
- Environmental-Behavior studies: people in the city
- Density and typology: Building the city
- Experiencing the City through neighborhoods: The city of the senses, the city of place
- Urban Housing
- Daily Visual Journal and Urban Photo Essay: Exploring the world's built environments and seeking sustainable solutions.
The studies are documented in the form of a journal / sketchbook containing analytical sketches, diagrams, freehand perspective drawings, notes, and mixed media studies
As a minimum, each urban design journal should include:
• Evidence of individual study from field trips, study tours, and individual travels.
• Thought processes and diagrams from other design projects and studio work.
• Independent, self-motivated visual notes.
1. Urban Spatial Sequence: Develop a way of reading the city through its open spaces, experiencing, recording and analyzing the urban environment using motion, position, and content.
2. Field Assignment: Map a city’s skyline and its urban context, use drawing, sketching perspectives.
3. The Light of the City: Introduction to electric lighting of the urban street-scape, walking tour through a selected city center or neighborhood.
4. Field Assignment: Make an analysis of urban lighting at selected site.
5. The Urban Squares: Develop an outline of a selected city and develop a series of analyses of a city for people walking, standing and sitting. Use diverse documentation and analysis techniques.
6. Elements and Scale: Study the hierarchy of spaces, the quality of detailing. The purpose is to convey the tactility and weight of materials and color studies.
7. Field Assignment: Analyze the parts and the whole through a specific case study.
Students' Blog and Photo Essays:
Matt Kellogg's Blog (senior student): http://www.landscapeoikos.blogspot.com