GRAND TOUR REDUX: EUROPE
Grand Tour Redux: Europe offers an intensive exploration of historical and contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design in Europe. Different from most programs abroad that are tied to a specific city and/or institution, this program moves from site to site, exposing students to a vast collection of influential works of architecture first-hand. The program will explore buildings, landscapes, and urbanism from all periods and styles, deepening students’ understanding of the built environment in the spirit of the Grand Tour as an invaluable episode in the education of the young architect. Thus, the program’s home base: a bus, where spare time between sites is used to revisit them in the form of student presentations and critical discussions. When the bus de-boards, the classroom follows. Interpretation and analysis develop through the thoughtful recording of sites by sketching, note-taking, and diagramming.
Grand Tour Redux: Europe presents students with the unique opportunity to further knowledge of history, expand architectural vocabulary, build an immense catalog of references, and enhance abilities to read buildings and make arguments in a public forum, all amongst a diverse mix of undergraduate and graduate students from all levels in architecture and planning, and from across the university.
A (3) credit-hour, lab-based seminar for which enrollment is to take place in the spring of 2019, in preparation for the summer program:
Students are assigned buildings, landscapes, and cities to be visited on the program to research and prepare pages for a custom program “guidebook,” to include architectural drawings and written analysis on assigned projects.
A (3) credit-hour drawing seminar for which enrollment is to take place in the summer of 2019, as part of the five-week travel program (May 22, 2019 – June 29, 2019):
Students will develop a comprehensive sketchbook documenting sites visited and advancing skills in architectural sketching that focus on observation, spatial representation, orthographic projection, constructed perspective, mapping, line quality, page composition, shade/shadow/value, reduction/abstraction, analytical diagramming, and architectural detail.
A (3) credit-hour history/theory seminar for which enrollment is to take place in the summer of 2019, as part of the five-week travel program (May 22, 2019 – June 29, 2019):
Upon arrival at assigned buildings, landscapes, and cities, students are required to give a verbal presentation that builds on the research documented in the program guidebook produced in the spring seminar. Presentations will lay the groundwork for group discussion by contextualizing the project in the history of architecture and the development of architectural theory, place, construction, technology, social structure, political climate, environment/ecology, and/or the development of ideas in the work of a specific architecture firm or practice. In addition to presentations, students are expected to participate in group discussions on the buildings, landscapes, and cities visited, both on-site and while on the bus moving between cities.
NOTE: Please see additional flier for information on the optional (6) credit-hour undergraduate, or (7) credit-hour graduate studio, for which enrollment is to take place in the summer of 2019, upon return to Buffalo, New York (July 8, 2019 – August 2, 2019).
Students will stay in hotels and hostels in the various cities, towns and countries they will be traveling to throughout this program. All accommodations are prearranged and 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.
UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page
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