Faculty Member: Peter Wiederspahn
Florence, Italy / Rome, Italy / Venice, Italy / Siena, Italy
ARCH 3352 – Architecture Topics Abroad: Drawing
ARCH 3351 – Architecture Topics Abroad: Theory
In the Italian Architecture and Urbanism Dialogue of Civilization, a majority of the student educational experiences are on location at the remarkable architectural and urban sites in four major Italian cities: Venice, Florence, Siena, and Rome. We will have presentations, conversations, and freehand drawing sessions among the greatest monuments and urban spaces of Italy. The only way to fully understand architecture and urban space is by being on location and walking among the great spaces, and the best way to fully apprehend a place is through drawing. This global experience will provide students with a deep cultural understanding of the roots of the Western world.
Students will explore the art, architecture, and urban spaces of the Ancient Roman, Early Christian, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and Contemporary eras. Intertwined with these experiences is learning about Italy’s culture, both the history of the rise and fall of political power, economic wealth, and artistic patronage, as well as the contemporary culture of design, fashion, cuisine, social behaviors, and “la dolce vita” (the sweet life). New global forces are also keenly present in Italy, including many new people and cultural influences generated by the current demographic migrations from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
We will roam the labyrinthine alleys and canals of Venice, climb to the top of the Duomo in Florence, feel the embrace the great Piazza del Campo in Siena, and explore the ancient Roman ruins of the Forum and Colosseum. Everyday will be filled with remarkable places, rigorous study, and self-expression through freehand drawing. In this Dialogue, we will be doing a great deal of walking on hard and irregular street surfaces, so good walking shoes and personal fortitude will be needed. The weather in early May will be temperate, but by June in Rome it will be summer weather. We will conduct our tours in the cities rain or shine, so lightweight rain gear is recommended. Also, almost each day we will be visiting religious sites, and in Italy these require modest attire, that is, to be covered from the neck to the knees.