Our graduate student travel includes short funded study tours to Barcelona and Israel, 6-week studio options in cities around the world, and competitive thesis research fellowships for site documentation.
The Barcelona study tour, now in its fourth year, is part of the 1st year immersion experience for students in our 3-year Master of Architecture stream. All students in this cohort are funded through proceeds of our Studio First signature program, to travel to Barcelona for 9 days in February with their studio faculty.
For Barcelona 2019, studio leaders Paul Kariouk and Jerry Hacker offered an intensive introduction to architecture through the lens of this remarkable city, including lectures about iconic buildings, walking tours with Catalan experts in Barcelona’s unique fabric, and visits to offices of internationally recognized architects, including recent Pritzker Prize winner RCR Arquitectos. The students also visited and analyzed a specific Barcelona site, which they continue to explore through a 6-week design project.
EXTREME LANDSCAPES: THE NEGEV DESERT
In winter 2019, a group of fifteen students traveled to Israel and the Negev Desert, as part of the Extreme Landscapes Global Studio. Our students spent four days in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, followed by a journey to the Mitzpe Ramon crater, Masada, and the Dead Sea.
The arc of the studio comprises two sites– the Canadian Arctic and the Negev Desert, though 6-week design exercises intended to explore the challenges and opportunities of extreme social and environmental conditions. Global Studio is a collaboration among Carleton and McGill Universities in Canada, and the Technion and Tel Aviv Universities in Israel. A generous grant from the Azrieli Foundation funds Canadian students and faculty to travel to Israel, and Israeli students and faculty to come to Canada. The studio is now in its third year.
AZRIELI STUDIOS ABROAD 2019: BELGRADE & CAPE TOWN
Through our generous Azrieli endowment, we are able to engage stellar architects and theorists in other parts of the world to offer 6-week studios and seminars as part of our Graduate Option Studio Offerings. In Winter 2019, we offered two such options: one in Belgrade, and the other in Capetown.
In the first half of the winter term one of our M.Arch Option Studios Abroad spent 6 weeks in Belgrade, Serbia. The studio “A Tale of Towers”, led by Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited), explored the unexpected future of the Belgrade Waterfront. Starting from a mix of scripting urban fiction, drawing-up storyboards and using a comic-inspired format, students imagined what the future of the Belgrade Waterfront Development might hold. The creative work was intersected with site visits, teasing out the tensions between the ‘elevated’ and the rest of the city, between promise and entanglement, between utopia and reality. Seminar excursions included the construction site of the Belgrade Waterfront Development, Južni Bulevar, Western City Gate, New Belgrade, Workers Museum Trudbenik and the Eastern City Gate in the Konjarnik district.
Eleven graduate students are getting their world turned upside down at the bottom end of Africa. The Cape Town-based Mobile Studio through the School of Explorative Architecture (ΘSEA) is inspiring them with three quick projects in the city, township and beyond. Their first engagement has been on signs of gentrification and dereliction in the inner-city of Cape Town as lead by local architect and lecturer Mokena Makeka. Their next encounter was a still-to-be built design-build project focused on the urban precinct of Ikhaya le Langa in Cape Town’s oldest township, Langa. Here the students were challenged to give a ‘second life form’ to a serendipitous windfall of building material donated from the Young President’s Organisation’s conference happening a few miles away. As a final upending of their worlds the students have been taken on a tour of ‘first nation’ cave paintings and settler architecture up the semi-arid magical landscape of the West Coast in Elands Bay before being dropped into the alien terrain of the miniscule Moravian mission town of Wupperthal that recently suffered a calamitous fire. What will these peripatetic imagineers make of this roaming adventure? Watch this space…