Each year there are typically a number of diverse offerings for travel related programs or course work available to all Graduate Programs in the areas of Architecture, Landscape, Building Science and Historic Preservation. Currently the majority of these opportunities are related to specific funded studio opportunities, such as recent studios with sites in Beijing, Hainan Island, and Shanghai.
Fall or Spring fieldtrips have also been offered in London and Madrid. Recently, in response to some portion of our students coming here from abroad, the School has begun offering summer travel programs related to the American landscape, particularly the Southwest as well. Previous summers have also offered offerings in Copenhagen Denmark; Shanghai, China; and Paris, France. Our graduate students are also encouraged to partake in the events, courses, and programs offered in conjunction with the American Academy in China each summer as well.
Certain student initiated research oriented course work (through Architecture 580 offerings) also allows students to gain credit for work in the field. There are also credit opportunities available for approved internships, just off-campus or nationally. Graduate projects and written research have been coordinated through the program directors to allow personal travel components to accompany a graduate student’s education.
For Summer 2017 we are looking to offer two to three international and a number of domestic opportunities to current graduate students and upper level undergraduate students. Currently these offerings are available for registration. Students have been notified when the offerings went live with additional information for the specific programs when they have expressed interest by form for each offering. If you are curious about any of these programs it is best to email the coordinating faculty member so they are aware of your interest.
For each offering the applicable faculty are listed, along with the current syllabi, budgets, and other information. Notifying a faculty member of your interest does not equal registration. You may express interest in as many offerings as you please, and commit by registering for your courses when the time comes. Space is limited for some of the offerings, so some faculty coordinators may ask for early commitments. Please make sure to clarify with him/her if you have any questions. For general information you may inquire with Eric Moore, Programs Coordinator for the School of Architecture at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Heritage Conservation (LA)
ARCH 549, Fundamentals of HerCon, 3 units
Trudi Sandmeier email@example.com
ARCH 549 - Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation (3 units)
Heritage Conservation (LA)
Faculty: Trudi Sandmeier - firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule: May 15 - 26, 2017
Budget: Regular Tuition Per Unit– On Campus (No Additional costs)
This intensive three-week class introduces the principles and practice of historic preservation/heritage conservation in the United States. Classes are taught by noted experts from Southern California. In addition to examining the history and philosophy of the conservation movement, lectures and field trips to historic sites throughout the Los Angeles area will introduce participants to a broad range of legal, economic, aesthetic and technical issues associated with the documentation, conservation and interpretation of historic structures, landscapes and communities. Sites to be visited and studied include the 1923 Frank Lloyd Wright Freeman House, the 1908 Greene & Greene Gamble House, the Broadway Historic District, The Getty Conservation Institute and more!
More Information Here: http://arch.usc.edu/programs/summer/hc
Off-Campus/ International Offerings
CHINA: IN FLUX
Faculty: Cliffors Pearson email@example.com
China: Future/Past is a summer study-abroad program that will examine the architecture, arts, and culture of a country that continues to transform at a rapid pace, while feeling the tug of its rich traditions. Students will travel to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Guangzhou, and a number of rural villages in Shaanxi Province. While there, they will study the changing relation- ship between China’s cities and its countryside and try to re-invent the country’s villages for the 21st century.
ARCH 580 - Field Studies (4 units)
Hyper-Urbanism: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong - 2 weeks, 4 units.
Schedule: Two-Week Field Studies Workshop. Dates: May 30 - June 11
This in-depth look at mega-cities will reveal the challenges and opportunities of rapid city development. Students will study the planning and design issues raised by such places, as they tour significant buildings, neighborhoods, and sites in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. They will also visit the studios of some of the most important architects, designers, and artists in China — including Ma Yansong, Pei Zhu, Atelier FCJZ, OPEN Architecture, Urbanus, Atelier Deshaus, O-Office Architects, Danwen Xu, ESKYIU, and others.
ARCH 402/705: Design Research Studio (6 Units)
Schedule: June 15 – July 20, 2015
Based in Shenzhen and Xi’an, this studio will look at the relationship between China’s cities and countryside — between change and tradition. With 250 million people having moved to cities in the past 30 years and another 250 million expected to move there in the next 20 years, the country faces the challenge of re-inventing its countryside for the 21st century. Students will visit several small villages in Shaanxi Province and spend time at Jade Valley, a complex of winery facilities, boutique hotels, and other buildings that USC Dean Ma Qingyun has developed in the past 15 years. They will also spend time in Shenzhen, examining urban villages and the larger questions of urbanization in China today.
Syllabus: DOWNLOAD HERE
Program Budget: DOWNLOAD HERE
Paris, France Program
Faculty: Olivier Touraine - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Paris summer program is composed of a 2 weeks, 4 units, travel trip in Paris and its areas (Arch 580), and then a 6 week studio, 6 units located in a fully equipped studio space in the East side of Paris. The program has been running for the last 2 years.
Program Budget: DOWNLOAD HERE
ARCH 580: Field Studies (4 units)
Paris, City of light. 2 weeks, 4 units.
Schedule: Saturday June 3 - Tuesday June 20 [18 days]
Architecture has always been a physical materialization of history and culture, as well as technology. Any architectural work, from a cathedral to a museum or an airport terminal, tells us much about the culture and history of a place at that time. A train station in Paris tells us about the 19th century, the Empire, the technology of transportation, the history of iron and steel technologies, and the development of political centralism.
Paris, like few other European capitals, tells us about its history through its architecture. The palette is very wide from Roman times (even pre-Roman) to today’s technology. The city has been layering its urban planning, its arts, its architectural materialization. All that is in front of us is ready to tell us stories, from peace to war, occupations, exterior influences, and the like.
Paradoxically, Paris is well known as the City of Light: a cultural and economic capital of the 19th century, it still manages to be alive and constantly renew itself. It is a capital of modernity and new technologies. The city is a complex being with many interactions. We live in it, use it and see it everyday day, but do we know about it? Do we understand it in its complexity?
Work will be produced in Paris (drawing, research, analysis). But the editing will be due 2 weeks after end of class.
Syllabus: DOWNLOAD HERE
ARCH 402abc/705: Design Research Studio (6 Units)
Paris, City of (de)light. 6weeks, 6 units.
Schedule: Wednesday June 21 – Saturday July 29 [39 days]
This summer you will work on the most unpopular building in Paris: Tour Montparnasse. Many monuments in Paris, and even worldwide, were extremely unpopular when completed as they mostly had a history of eviction and radical change or dictatorial will: Tour Eiffel, Sacre Coeur, or at a different scale the Hausman master plan for the city. But after time they became accepted and icons and symbols of the city. Such is not the case of the Tour Montparnasse built in the 70’s. It was unpopular then and remains as such today. First, because it was the first tower built in the inner ring of the city. Residents dislike it. And the local joke, which is correct, says that it is the best place in Paris to look at the city from its top restaurant, because from there you cannot see the tower.
Currently a competition is going on addressing the issue of a lifting of the tower and most importantly the development of its base: a large plinth linking the train station, the shopping mall and the tower itself. The tower if of course full of asbestos, it is definitely not environmentally friendly. It rests as a glass monolith casted in a concrete ground with no transition level from the street, like the black monolith in “2001 a space odyssey” by S. Kubrik. The lower levels are linked to a large shopping mall, and somehow not linked to the train station just behind it. Our specific focus will be on the lower levels. Underground there is a maze of subway connections. On ground level there are retails space with very complex relationship to the streets. It is not a friendly space. But it became successful as thousands of people are transiting in a way or another every day.
Movement for site visit or specific lectures in Paris would be in public transportation - 17 students maximum. Accommodations would be host or apartments shared by pair or group of 3 to 4. Advance arrangement with each of the offices and foundations would be made to ensure access. Knowledge of French language is not necessary but encouraged. Exterior critics will be English speaking.
There will be visits directly related to the studio Topic. They should not be considered as “travels” but rather as specific information about the studio assignment.
Syllabus: DOWNLOAD HERE
GSAP LATIN AMERICA/BRAZIL
Mexico City, Mexico; Sau Paulo Brazil, Brazil - Latin America Program
-CANCELED FOR SUMMER 2017-
If you have questions about how participating in one of these offerings fits in with your academic track, feel free to contact your Academic Advisor, or for program logistics and information please contact Programs Coordinator, Eric J. Moore at email@example.com.