Topic ID #39043 - posted 12/13/2017 10:18 AM

Italy- Learning From Nature Field School 2018



ifrglobal

The unique ecology of the Taleggio Valley, set in the mountainous Italian PreAlps, lends itself to the study of an array of natural systems that will serve as the backdrop for a course on bio-inspired design. Through the observation and analysis of the pre-alpine ecology students will translate the learned principles to develop architectural projects that incorporate sustainable design elements stemming from biological inspiration. The course will be taught by long-term collaborators Dr. Shauna Price, a biologist specializing in insect ecology and evolution, and architect Ilaria Mazzoleni, who develops conceptual design projects focused on sustainability and biomimicry. The program includes treks in nature, including historical paths along streams and canyons, visits to heritage sites, such as medieval settlements, historical villages, and the world-famous San Pellegrino Terme, as well as the Bergamo Science Museum. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa, a charming village north of Bergamo. The expertise of the instructors, in combination with the ecology of the field site and the local community, will serve to provide a model for conducting integrative research and producing sustainable bio-inspired designs for the students.

·         Course Dates: July 1-July 28, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,600

·         Course Type: Architecture & Design

·         Instructors: Dr. Shauna Price, Ilaria Mazzoleni

Accommodations:

Students will live in a residence in Sottochiesa, a charming village, 15 minutes away from the world famous San Pellegrino Terme. Large, Italian style lunch will be provided daily in the field or at the residence, depending on the activity. Students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinner (apartments have kitchen), and their own food on weekends. Once each week, the Project Director and the entire team will eat dinner together at a local restaurant.

Accommodation is provided in Sottochiesa, Taleggio Valley (Bg), Italy. One or two bedroom apartments with double or triple occupancy rooms will be offered to the students. Each apartment will have a kitchen and bathroom to be shared among the occupants. Shared working studio areas and open-air studio spaces will be provided. Students are expected to consider the studio as the base of their research on site and to spend most of their time outdoors. Indoor large spaces and/or tools studios are limited but available for communal activities.

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.

 

For Further information visit program page: http://ifrglobal.org/program/italy-learning-nature/






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