English Green Building Seminar
spring term at
UI, students will do basic research on green building in the
The Architecture London Program application is due by February 1, 2013, to the UI Studies Abroad coordinator in the International Programs office. Be sure to ask for "architecture student" status on the International Student ID card.
Contemporary Architecture, Ken Allinson, 5th edition,
"That we need new models of urbanization—that is, sustainable urbanization—is especially clear here in the U.S. Where to look for new models is always a question, and as this book [GCE] argues European cities remain a powerful source of potent ideas and inspiring practice." —Tim Beatley
During the spring term students are required to keep a class journal consisting of their class notes, research findings, illustrations and images, and other pertinent information. The assignment is intended to create a habit of journal-keeping that will continue through the summer studies abroad course. Students are encouraged to use Adobe InDesign to organize and integrate their words and images. A PDF version of the journal is due at the end of the term.
Before You Go
To help plan for your trip we've put together a To-Do List.
The studies abroad
[for students who do not need Arch 554]
(1–16cr) [for students who do not need Arch 554]
Arch 554 is offered as a 6-credit studio commencing July 2, 2013, and ending August 2, 2013. Students will visit sites; interview architects, engineers, and educators; and develop building case studies based on their first-hand experience and research. Two design charettes are planned. The first at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales will team UI and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) architecture students with CAT students in the Graduate School of the Environment in several 4-day interdisciplinary design projects. See http://www.cat.org.uk. The second, at the end of course, will place students in London architectural offices for a one-day design challenge with a public presentation the following day.
In Edinburgh we'll stay at the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot–Watt University. (See http://www.edinburgh-conference.com/) The rooms are single occupancy and breakfast is included. The university is west of central Edinburgh near the Curriehill rail station with hourly service to Edinburgh Waverly for £2.50 off-peak return with your railcard. Lothian Buses routes 25, 34, & 45 get you to Central Edinburgh in about 20 minutes—single fares are £1.40; all day fares are £3.50; a one-week pass (Ridacard) is £17 and night tickets are £3. See http://lothianbuses.com/timetables-tickets-maps/fares-and-tickets for details and http://lothianbuses.com/assets/files/RM121124.pdf for a great route map.
UI students will be housed at LSE's Passfield Hall on the University
College London Campus near the British Museum. This lodging arrangement allows students to meet their peers from
around the world and is close to transit, trains, and significant green
architecture projects and green design advocates. The cost is included in the course
fees and is nominal—about $40/student/day. Breakfast at
Passfield Hall is included. Your rooms are twin (double occupancy) with
toilet and bathing facilities down the hall: They are not en suite. See http://www.lsevacations.co.uk/residences/passfield.htm.
If you arrive in London before July 2, you won't be able to stay at Passfield Hall. If you stay on in London after August 2, you may want/have to consider another place to stay. Here are three recommended hostels that are well-located and not expensive.
In Wales UI students will be housed in the Eco-Cabins at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) during the design charette (July 16–21). Lodging, all meals at CAT, and train transportation costs to and from Wales are included in the course fees.
Rail Cards and Tickets
Each student will have to purchase a rail card for travel in the UK. The train fare for the Wales trip is based on students having a 16–25 (student) railcard (£28). Don't worry if you are over 25. If you are a student, you may purchase the railcard upon presenting your passport and International Student ID. See http://www.railcard.co.uk/ for details. You won't be able to fill out the application until you visit a UK rail ticketing agent. You can purchase it directly from the ticketing agent at any rail station upon your arrival in the UK. Make sure you have a passport style and size photo available. You can book your train trips on-line up to 12 weeks in advance and claim the student railcard discount (to assure the lowest fares) and pick up the tickets from an electronic kiosk (you need to use the same credit card as used for purchase as ID) at the train station of your choice (Euston Station is two blocks from Passfield Hall) after you arrive in London or Edinburgh (where Edinburgh Waverly is the best bet for getting the railcard). Always carry your rail card when traveling by train! Otherwise you'll have to pay full fare.
Since the program begins in July,
students will have to shop hard get the lowest fare airline tickets
(July flights ~$1440 from Spokane [as of 04 Jan '13]). In spite of the high cost of