NYIT has overseas programs and campuses in the United Arab Emirates and China. Presently, the School of Architecture and Design administers an Interior Design program in Abu Dhabi.
The School of Architecture and Design also enjoys an international reputation for its summer abroad programs. Under the direction of one or more full-time faculty members, as many as three diverse programs are offered during the summer, depending upon interested students, and faculty availability. NYIT has offered programs in China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Turkey, where students and faculty come in contact with foreign students and architects while living in another culture, enabling them to understand first-hand the range, diversity, and power of living architecture as individual buildings or as entire cities and spaces. Summer study abroad course credit can be applied to a student’s specific curriculum and field of study. The summer programs are open to students enrolled in any degree program offered by the School of Architecture and Design.
SUMMER ABROAD PROGRAMS 2015
ATELIER ITALIA NORD - 2015
OLD & NEW, PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE
Profs. Robert Cody, Angela Amoia, Michael Schwarting, Frances Campani – Co-Directors
The purpose of this traveling program is to do design studio work combined with architectural history case study and comparative work through a direct examination of built form. It is a way to learn principals of
urbanism and architecture by visiting and studying significant cities and towns and their canonical examples of architecture from early history to the present. By examining and comparing the cities and
their work, the intention is to develop means to evaluate both those works and to become more critical of one’s own design work. The design studio teaches one to begin with concepts and ideas and move to
the development of more concrete proposals. Visiting actual works offers the opposite; of carefully looking at the built form and work towards understanding the ideas that produced it. Combining the two,
affords a very important possibility of knowing what ideas ultimately produce. The intention is to observe, document and compare these significant cities and their architecture that relates to the urban condition.
The analysis and comparison will be of context, form and function as well as historical cultural, social and political causes and meaning.
Architects have always traveled to look at built form. In particular, we know that in the Italian Renaissance, architects from Brunelleschi to Bramante and Palladio, to name just a few, traveled to Rome to look, measure and draw ancient architecture, in order to establish the Early and High Renaissance style. This was not to return to what the Romans did, but to understand the principles upon which that work was based, in order to create a ‘re-birth’; a new style beyond the Medieval. Probably before, but from that time, Architects have taken the “Grand Tour” to go beyond the conditions of their time and place in order to create the new. The English architect, Inigo Jones visited and studied the work of Palladio. Le Corbusier went on his “Voyage d’ Orient” to help him make the change from a watch case designer to an architect. You will visit these same places and spaces that these architects and others analyzed and eventually translated into new built form.
This program has a clear and simple IDEA. Participants will study a very wide range of Antique and Modern Architecture. It will also examine the Urban Form of four Italian cities – Venice, a city floating on the water, Bologna, a relatively prototypical Italian city complete with Roman origins, Medieval walls and doors, and Renaissance and Modern interventions, Florence, the quintessential Renaissance City and Rome – the Ancient and Modern Collage City.
On site studies / field trips will be documented via analytic freehand pencil drawings in Sketchbooks.
**The IDEA and premise of this program is to make connections between the old and new that we examine on site and what we subsequently make in the Design Studio. It is intended that there be an inventive and transformative relationship between your sketchbook and what you design in studio.
In Venice, Bologna, and Florence you will analyze many Places of Public Assembly (interior and exterior) and particularly many Churches, both antique and modern. This will serve as the analytical backdrop for the first part of the design studio – a sketch study for an assembly space in Venice.
The second half of the tour will bring you to Rome. A city where we can see Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical and Modern planning, all collaged together. It is possible to see the heritage as well as interaction of each of these. Visiting the city will be combined with a design project in the city in order to understand the city. The site will be in Rome on a vacant site on the Via Giulia.
The summer studio experience will be academically unique as intensive uninterrupted full day studio work mirroring the normal work life of an Architect. Our design studio space will be located and conducted in affiliation with Sapienza University in Rome.
Profs. Matthias Altwicker, Peter Rickert, Nader Vossoughian, Co-Directors
At the start of the 20th century, Berlin was a city unparalleled in Europe for its size and rate of development. Its relentless energy and dizzying growth stirred the imagination of philosophers (Simmel, Kracauer, Benjamin) and artists (Kirchner, Moholy-Nagy, Höch), architects (van Doesburg, Gropius, Behrens, Taut) and writers (Döblin, Heine, Fontane). A global center of industry, it thrived on the exchange and production of goods. It was, as Friedrich Engels noted, “a modern metropolis that presupposes a capitalist production.”
Thirteen years into the 21st century, Berlin continues to struggle with fundamental ideological, political and cultural changes. A city both at the center of Germany and Europe, a capital that is fundamentally different from any other capital city: although it attracts artistic and creative energy from the entire world, it is still struggling to come out from under the shadow of its difficult past.
We will ask you to imagine alternative possibilities (both urbanistic and architectural) for understanding and interpreting its distinctive fabric and dynamics for its future.
This program affords students the opportunity to develop a more thorough understanding of the fluctuations of the contemporary metropolis through a case-study analysis of Berlin. With a projected population growth of 200,000 people in the next 5 years, Berlin is seeing a complete reversal of the significant population loss of the previous decade. Your project will be to take one neighborhood and imagine an alternative future of living that will respond to these fluctuations.
You will live and work in Neukölln, which is southeast of the city center. Research in this case will utilize documentary methods of analysis, combing theoretical research, personal reflection, and first-hand observation. through walks, bike rides, and interpersonal interactions. You will be asked to see yourselves as both responsible citizens of the place and as outsiders bringing in new ideas. Defining problems and articulating them through action will be of crucial importance. The first half of the program was spent analysing and visiting various types of developments, beginning in Neukölln and gradually spreading out to greater Berlin and other German cities to catalog what works well and what qualities to avoid. Required documentation of experience will be video and photographic narratives that captured the sounds and colors of the places. During the second half of the program the students will formulate new models of development with proposals for building typologies, open space, programs, users, and activities.
Each day will involve studio or seminar work; most days will involve short visits to relevant sites or presentations by guests. Following the visit or presentation, the students will engage in urban and architectural research based on two different ideas of city exploration, one analytical and one experiential. These urban studies will be conducted through independent research that will require you to document the topic of study as well as speculate on alternate developments based on both a total understanding of the city and the specific condition under review. You will be required to document your experiences in a sketchbook that will be reviewed on a regular basis over the course of the program.
Our belief is that the work of architects whose careers have spanned many of the changes within the city’s cultural development can and should inform your research. Architects whose work we will explore include Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Peter Behrens, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Hans Scharoun, Hans Kollhoff, Rem Koolhaas, and David Chipperfield. Their buildings will be treated as bodies of evidence which can situate our research, both culturally and creatively.
We will actively engage students from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FH Potsdam) and the NYU Berlin Program in an exchange of ideas, as they will be spending their semester (in session during the summer) studying housing in New York. Short trips to destinations such as Hamburg, Dessau, Potsdam and Cologne will reveal not only the influences that developments in Berlin have had on the rest of the country, but also help us understand how other Germans cities approach similar problems and situations. The summer program will culminate in a public exhibition and presentation of the work to the neighborhood and city planning officials in a storefront gallery. These same officials and community members will be part of the presentations and project development during our five weeks together.
2015 SPAIN / PORTUGAL
Profs. Giovanni Santamaria, Brian Brace Taylor (Faculty), David Diamond (Director)
The 2015 Summer Program in Spain and Portugal will explore contemporary themes in architecture and urbanism in the context of their diverse histories, climates, and cultures.
Long before the emergence of the nation states of Spain and Portugal, the Iberian Peninsula was successively settled by many ancient peoples, including the pre-historic artists of the Altamira Cave in Northern Spain, and conquerors like the Celts, Greeks, Romans, and Moors (Muslim Berbers and Arabs from Morocco and Algeria). Iberia was rich in natural resources, for agriculture, and for trade.
Before the Christian re-conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in 1492, the Moors presided over Spain’s “golden age,” and a vast and wealthy, highly educated, cultured and culturally diverse population of Muslims, Christians and Jews. Al-Andalus and its capital in Cordoba were centers of learning in science, medicine, literature and the arts. At its peak, in the 10th and 11th centuries, Cordoba was the wealthiest, most populous and cultured city in the world. The impacts they have left on the architecture, landscape, language and culture of this region are profound and evident in the works of Antonio Gaudi and many others.
Relatively recent political and economic events have had another kind of transformative impact on the arts, architecture and urban design in Spain and Portugal. The end of the authoritarian governments of Salazar in Portugal (1968) and Franco in Spain (1974), opened up economically sluggish and insular countries to the rest of Europe and to modernization. The 1999 economic integration of the Euro zone drew in new investment and catalyzed innovation in design, architecture, and city planning.
Additionally, international events have inspired large scale reinventions and interventions in many of the cities on our itinerary, among them the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and the selection of Madrid, Porto and Lisbon as European Cultural Capitals. These events catalyzed new development in existing city contexts, attacking problems of growth, disused industrial landscapes, environmental remediation and repair. The results for these post-event cities have been mostly successful and serve as model solutions for planned urban transformations in post-industrial cities everywhere.
Our trip begins in Madrid and will visit Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon in Portugal, and Seville, Cordoba and Granada, before arriving in Barcelona where we will have studio space for the completion of our program.
We will be visiting works by Antonio Gaudi, Mies van der Rohe, Raphael Moneo, Carlos Ferrater, Enrique Miralles, Alvaro Siza, Herzog & De Meuron, Santiago Calatrava, OMA and many others.
Barcelona is a city known for its proto-modernist works by Antonio Gaudi, its progressive city expansion plans by Ildefons Cerda, and its lively cultural and commercial life. Spain's pre-crisis (2008) prosperity sponsored a great number of talented young architects and a vast building program making Spain a rich destination for the study of late 20th century and 21st century works.