GLOBAL MAPP: Study Abroad 2012
Advancing opportunities for students to break out of the classroom and explore the world is a fundamental mission of the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. MAPP's international study programs are not spectator sports; students completely immerse themselves in the culture and history of their host country. They explore and sketch, speak with the people and participate in rituals specific to the region. This holisticapproach to travel expands a student’s broader understanding of the challenges, adaptations and innovations of various cultures, and how together, they shape the world's built environment.
This past year our students traversed the globe, traveling to Scandinavia, England, Turkey, Paris, Thailand and Saint Petersburg, Russia. Follow their journeys below, as they discover our world classroom:
For a second summer, architecture graduate and undergraduate students embarked on an extensive study program of the architectural marvels of Scandinavia. Led by Professor of the Practice Peter Noonan and Professor Emeritus Karl Du Puy, 16 students spent four weeks touring the vibrant cities and beautiful countryside of Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Preceded by a two-week course in College Park, the program allowed students to see classroom concepts manifested in the built environment, learning how culture and place influence some of the most significant architecture in the world.
SAINT PETERSBURG 2012
Since 1995, the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation has taught summer interdisciplinary study abroad courses for students in the historic city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The program offers students a case study of a historic European city and its adaptation to a changing modern society; balancing contemporary urban development with historic preservation and managing the challenges of becoming an emerging market economy. This summer, 16 graduate students from Maryland's Architecture, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development programs embarked on a four-week tour of the sites, history and culture of Saint Petersburg. The students then joined Russian architecture students from Saint Petersburg State University's School of Architecture and Civil Engineering to create a joint redevelopment proposal for the city.