Learn about urban design in the heart of Italy's ancient city of Rome
Visit the famous area of Rome called Ostia Antica and participate in other excursions around Rome
Earn 9 credits while taking two exciting courses uncovering Rome's history and architecture
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Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River, within the Lazio region of Italy. Rome's history spans over two and a half thousand years.
Rome offers several specific development sites which encompass Roman and non-Roman cultural groups, as well as challenges in integrating new urban-scale development within heritage sites in a sustainable way.
You will live in apartments with one or two other students on the program.
You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to Italy and back.
Transportation on program-related field trips while in Italy is provided as part of the program fee.
Course: ENVD 3009-841: The Layers of Rome: A Survey of Architecture, Building and Construction Methods (3 credits) and ENVD 3009-842: Urban Site Analysis and Design (6 credits)
Credits: 9 upper-division credit hours
Approved for: Earn 9 total credits that can count as your Praxis requirement (ENVD 3300 Studio and ENVD3330 Seminar) OR ENVD 4100 or ENVD4300 and three upper-division ENVD elective credits.
Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
This global seminar offers you an opportunity to undertake complex site analysis and pre-design in a complex global city. This program is designed for ENVD students in their third or fourth years and will count as the required 9-credit Praxis experience. It is also appropriate for Engineering students, particularly Civil Engineering students who have completed their sophomore year. The program is open to students of all majors; students from other departments should speak with their Academic Advisor about what kind of credit they can earn.
The program awards 9 credits, broken down into "The Layers of Rome: A Survey of Architecture, Building and Constructions Methods" (3 credits) and "Urban Site Analysis and Design" (6 credits). These two courses are required and work in tandem to provide a thorough overview of Rome's history and architecture. Students will also take a non-credit survival Italian course. Students have found this very helpful, and have enjoyed practicing their language skills with locals.
The program begins with the two-week foundation course "Layers of Rome", which traces the architectural history of Rome and its buildings from the height of the Roman Empire to the present day with a focus on materials, construction methods and urban design. The course is taught by faculty from the ACCENT Center in Rome and lectures will investigate both architectural form and the political strategies expressed symbolically through building projects promoted by emperors, popes, kings, dictators and politicians of contemporary Rome.
Marianne Holbert will teach the class "Urban Site Analysis and Design", which runs for the full six weeks of the program. You will visit designated sites around Rome to conduct site analysis and look at physical, socioeconomic, and historical factors in the urban landscape. The group will take a trip to Ostia, a short train ride away, and one of the birthplaces of rationalist city design.
The program will be directed by Marianne Holbert, Instructor in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. Professor Holbert, a licensed architect, will teach the Urban Site Analysis and Design course. Through her academic endeavors, she has lived and studied in metropolitan centers including, Washington DC, New York City, Nairobi, and Florence. She speaks Italian and her undergraduate study abroad experience was formative in her desire to pursue the professional practice of architecture. Her passion for teaching and learning enriches her architectural practice. She was on the design team with Workshop8 for the Paisano Green Community, the first net-zero, fossil fuel free & LEED platinum affordable housing complex in the nation. Professor Holbert is the recipient of multiple grants for her community outreach projects and was named Mentor of the Year in 2014 by Colorado’s American Institute of Architects.
The "Layers of Rome" course will be taught by Dr. Antonella De Michelis of ACCENT International in Rome.
You will enjoy several academic excursions in and around Rome. There are two major day excursions and one overnight excursion planned. You will visit the famous area of Ostia Antica.
Gilman Scholarship: For students currently receiving Pell grants as part of their federal financial aid.
: Sarah Kate Hartt
Summer 2015 Participant
The courses were difficult and took a lot of time but very interesting and I learned a lot. The location was amazing!We didn't interact too much with locals.
Summer 2017 Participant
The Urban site analysis and design program in rome is rigorous and challenge you intellectually and as an individual. It was an amazing learning experience in many ways. The location of Rome, Italy allowed us to live a city lifestyle and live among the Roman people. They were friendly and welcoming. We took the tram with them every morning and got to know some Italian when we would go to eat, or to the Cafe. Our trips on the weekends were a great time to get out of the Rome and have a change of scenery. One of my favorite parts was working and meeting with architecture firms in Rome and seeing how they work and what they do.
Summer 2015 Participant
I absolutely loved being in Rome and learning about the vast history of the city. The course I took was so in depth, it forced me to learn about new cultures, city planning and design. This course was a huge benefit to my college career. They taught us how to speak some Italian which was great to learn how to interact with the local people. The parts I loved the most were the excursions to different cities, such as Ostia Antica or Venice and being able to see different parts of Italy.
Summer 2014 Participant
The courses that we took were very educational. The location was phenomenal, and the locals were very friendly. The daily excursions we took as a group were very informative and a great experience.
Summer 2016 Participant
Marianne, the program director, is by far the most inspiring and nurturing professor I've ever had the pleasure of having. Her approach to teaching, at home and abroad, is graceful and unparalleled.The other teachers in the program were also very inspiring.
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