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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Any, Architecture, Art, Art History, Environmental Design, Fine Arts, Media Study, Studio Art, Urban Planning Term: Summer
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie Credits: 3
Program Description:

Buffalo in Venice: Architecture Biennale 2018

Venice, Italy
Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s "David" and Brunelleschi's Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. The whole country is relatively prosperous, certainly as compared with the early years of the 20th century, when the economy was predominantly agricultural. Much of that prosperity has to do with tourism, for in good years nearly as many visitors as citizens can be found in the country. The intellectual and moral faculties of humankind have found a welcome home in Italy, one of the world’s most important centers of religion, visual arts, literature, music, philosophy, culinary arts, and sciences. Michelangelo Buonarroti, the painter and sculptor, believed that his work was to free an already existing image; Giuseppe Verdi heard the voices of the ancients and of angels in music that came to him in his dreams; Dante Alighieri forged a new language with his incomparable poems of heaven, hell, and the world between. Those and many other Italian artists, writers, designers, musicians, chefs, actors, and filmmakers have brought extraordinary gifts to the world.

Venice, Venezia in Italian, is the capital of both northern Italy’s Veneto regione (region) and the provincia (province) of Venezia, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs. As a major seaport and an island city, it was once the center of a maritime republic. It was the greatest seaport in late medieval Europe and the continent’s commercial and cultural link with Asia. Venice is unique environmentally, architecturally, and historically, and in its days as a republic the city was styled la serenissima (“the most serene” or “sublime”). It remains a major Italian port in the northern Adriatic Sea and is one of the world’s oldest tourist and cultural centers.

Palazzo Bembo
Palazzo Bembo, site of the GAA Foundation's Time Space Existence exhibition, an officially-sponsored collateral event of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Since its inauguration in 1895, the Venice Biennale has made a tremendous impact on the creative world.  Its alternating summer exhibitions in art and architecture are often cited as the most acclaimed for each respective discipline. And while the Architecture Biennale is younger (officially introduced in 1980, filling the even years between the Art Biennale's odd), architecture has played a central  role in the Biennale since its founding-featured in its exhibits and personified in the exhibition garden's  pavilions, where countries and regions are represented by the likes of Alvar Aalto, Gerrit Rietveld, Carlo Scarpa, Josef Hoffmann, Sverre Fehn, and James Stirling.
This year, the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning has been asked to participate alongside nineteen other schools of architecture in the GAA Foundation's Time Space Existence exhibition, an officially-sponsored collateral event of the 2018 Architecture Biennale. The exhibit will open to the public on May 26, and remain in view through November, presenting several opportunities for faculty and student involvement over the course of its
run-from production, curation, and installation of the exhibit, to engaging the work through media, events, workshops, and study abroad.
The message of our installation: a school of architecture and planning shaped by, and re-shaping its city. The medium: film-a visual interrogation of Buffalo in all of its glory and grit, as our context for learning, experimentation, and contribution. Sound will focus on the ambient hum
of place without the didactic overlay of voice or narration-extending an immersive experience of city and school and allowing the viewer to deduce meaning across the cut from one scene to the next.
In provoking the themes presented by the film and giving voice to the many contexts it presents lies an opportunity for student engagement through study abroad. The objective-to give further meaning to the film by charging students the task to respond to it in the context of Venice and the Biennale. The school and university benefit through a meaningful student engagement of the exhibition. The students gain skills in critical thinking and visual production, while also cementing a deep understanding of the Biennale through prolonged visits and repeated encounters with its exhibitions, all in the context of one of the world's most celebrated cities for art, architecture, and urbanism.

•    To develop a familiarity with key works of architecture in Venice and the region.
•    To develop an increased capacity for clear expression in both oral and written forms, including a basic fluency in critical analysis and architectural vocabulary through          repeated visits to and discussions on the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
•    To advance an understanding of the history and global significance of the Biennale
•    To analytically record and interpret the exhibits of the Biennale
•    To advance skills in free-hand drawing, spatial representation, and analytical note-taking and observation
•    To develop a familiarity with key movements in art and their relationship to architecture by visiting major art museums and galleries
•    To develop an understanding of the city of Venice, primarily through its contributions in the history of art, architecture, and urbanism
•    To enhance the School of Architecture and Planning’s contribution to the Biennale by further developing its meaning and increasing its impact through workshop and            creative interpretation

A 3 credit-hour history/theory/criticism and visual production and representation seminar focused on visiting and interpreting the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, including the School of Architecture and Planning's contribution to the Time Space Existence exhibition as well as history/theory/criticism seminar focused on advancing an understanding of the city of Venice and its contributions in the history of art, architecture, and urbanism, achieved primarily through site visits and discussion.
Hotel accommodations will be provided and the cost is included in the program fee. 
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer. 
Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Gregory Delaney

The Study Abroad Program Advisor, Olga Crombie, can be reached by email at or by phone at (716) 645-6279.

This program is currently not accepting applications.