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Drexel Fall Break in the Netherlands: Architecture & Interiors Intensive (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Program Terms: Fall
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
This program explores the history, culture and resilience of a country at the crossroads of Europe, in a rich cultural milieu, located in a landscape harvested in large part from the North Sea. The Netherlands is a vibrant member country of the European Union that embodies not only a deep history of commerce and artwork of its own, but an ethos of social justice, tolerance, smart responsive urban planning in both housing and transit, with a national commitment to clean, sustainable energy production and strong environmental stewardship of the land and sea. Students will experience both old and new by spending time in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, as well as several day visits to nearby towns.
Amsterdam is, the ‘oud’ original city of trade, commerce and concentric canals that organize the city streets and highlight the organization of waterways within a dense historic building fabric. Rotterdam is the ‘neu’ city of the 21st century, a major inland shipping center, risen from the ravages of the Second World War into a vitally modern city of business innovation and social housing expansion.
We live in a time of critical climate change, social injustice and economic inequality. This program is a learning lab that helps to prepare students for the challenges they will face and respond to in the next 35 years of their professional futures as architects, interior designers and engineers. The Dutch have been and are continuing to craft their response to this set of challenges right now. We have much to learn from this friendly and pragmatic country of optimists.
Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for ARCH 347 / INTR T580 for 3 credits during the summer term. The course satisfies the History/Theory in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load as the credits are not optional.
Pre-Travel Required Lectures: 6 required summer term lectures in Philadelphia will focus on the cultural history of the Netherlands including literature, art, engineering and the Dutch landscape and its settlements. Tentative class weeks are listed below and the exact meeting dates during each week will be determined.
Week 3: Formation of the Culture of the Netherlands, and The Dutch Golden Age of Architecture and interiors
Week 6: History of Public Housing in the United States and the Netherlands since the end of World War II; Field Sketching Exercise #1
Week 8: Perspectives on Dutch art by two Philadelphia Artists; Field Sketching Exercise #2
Week 10: Study Abroad Orientation; Field Sketching Exercise #3
Pre-requisites: ARCH 143 or INTR 200 or ARTH 103
Instructor: Simon Tickell, Associate Teaching Professor of Architecture: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrival Date: September 5, 2020
Departure Date: September 18, 2020
*Students are responsible for any arrangement during independent travel before or after program dates.
Summer Term Class Sessions: Week 3, Week 6, Week 8, Week 10
Itinerary Overview (Tentative)
Due May 1, 2020 - $500 Advance Payment
Due July 1, 2020 - $1,020 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
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