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Study Abroad Program - Iberian Urbanism: Spain and Portugal (May 25 - June 10, 2007)

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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7 5:19 PM

      Date:    Tue, 6 Mar 2007 19:00:01 -0700
      From:    Carlos Balsas <Carlos.Balsas@...>
      Subject: Study Abroad Program - Iberian Urbanism: Spain and Portugal[May 25 - June 10, 2007]

      More information at: http://www.public.asu.edu/~cbalsas/Iberia.htm

      Iberian Urbanism: Spain and Portugal=20

      Iberian Peninsula Summer Study Abroad Program=20

      School of Planning=20

      Arizona State University=20

      May 25 - June 10, 2007=20

      The School of Planning 2007 summer study abroad program will expose =
      students to the following contemporary planning issues: mega event =
      developments and their impacts (e.g. Expo'98 in Lisbon), cultural =
      facilities as cornerstones of revitalization strategies (e.g. the =
      Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, the 2001 European Capital of Culture in =
      Porto), sustainable transportation planning (the new light rail system =
      in Porto and pedestrianization and bicycle planning schemes in Coimbra =
      and Aveiro), "startarchitecture" and the urban fabric of historic cities =
      (the new Rem Koolhaas's Music Hall in Porto, Santiago Calatrava's new =
      intermodal station in Lisbon), strategic planning in Bilbao, orderly =
      suburban development in Madrid, rural development in border regions, =
      waterfront planning and brownfield redevelopment in Lisbon, tourism =
      development and costal erosion management in Portugal. The program =
      includes meetings with planners and architects, visits to monuments, =
      museums and other historic sites, and a hands-on joint studio with =
      Portuguese students on neighborhood revitalization in Lisbon.


      * Mega events and urban development=20

      - EXPO98 in Lisbon,=20

      - Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture,=20

      - Euro2004 European Soccer Championship=20

      * Cultural/Architectural interventions to jump-start revitalization

      - Guggenheim museum in Bilbao,

      - Koolhaas's Music Hall in Porto,=20

      - Santiago Calatrava's new intermodal station in Lisbon,=20

      * Sustainable transportation and city form

      - New light rails in Porto and Lisbon Metropolitan Areas,=20

      * Downtown and waterfront revitalization=20

      - New urban rehabilitation companies/partnerships.


      *     15 students (graduates and undergraduates) maximum=20
      *     Support for planning students awarded on a competitive basis=20

           *     several scholarships of $900 (?)=20

      *     Costs: approximately $2160 + Airfare + Tuition + personal expenses=20
      *     Study trip + studio workshop in Lisbon=20
      *     Deadline to submit letter of interest and resume, March 23, 2007=20


      Please join the School of Planning on this exciting trip through Spain's =
      and Portugal's centuries-old cities and towns and learn how these two =
      neighboring countries in southern Europe are preserving their built and =
      cultural heritages while innovatively planning their urban growth. This =
      is a unique opportunity to visit two of the best kept secrets in Europe =
      on the verge of major socio-economic, cultural and urban development =
      processes. The relevance of the planning practices, the culture, the =
      food, the scenic rural landscapes, the museums and the built heritage, =
      the beaches, the bustling city environments and the interaction with =
      Iberian professionals, scholars and students are some of the reasons why =
      you don't want to delay your registration.=20


      Spain: Bilbao, Madrid and Salamanca (May 25-31)
      We will visit these three cities to understand how they are using a =
      myriad of planning strategies to revitalize their neighborhoods, =
      preserve local architecture, deal with urban growth pressures and stay =
      competitive in a global economy. In Bilbao, we will visit Frank Gehry's =
      stunning Guggenheim Museum and other recently built landmarks. In =
      Madrid, we will experience Spanish urbanism and architecture at its best =
      as portrayed by the famous commercial street Gran V=EDa, their adjacent =
      plazas, the Royal Palace, and the many other monuments and cultural and =
      institutional facilities. In Salamanca, where the inhabitants speak the =
      "purest" Spanish in Spain, we will visit the Plaza Mayor, one of the =
      finest squares in Spain, the new and the old cathederals and the =
      university district, among other atractions.

      Portugal: Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra, Lisbon (June 1-10)
      We will visit several border cities as we enter the country from the =
      Spanish side by bus, only to quickly get to the city of Porto. Famous =
      for its Porto wine, Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and one =
      of the most historic places in Europe. The historic district and the =
      river Douro valley are World Heritage sites and landscapes of the =
      UNESCO. Local planners will guide us through the most recent urban and =
      waterfront revitalization projects in the city. We will understand how =
      cultural strategies (e.g. 2001 European Capital of Culture) and =
      "startarchitecture" (e.g. Pritzer winners Rem Koolhaas's new Music Hall =
      and Alvaro Siza's architecture buildings) are being used as cornerstones =
      of revitalization strategies. In Lisbon, we will visit the grounds of =
      the Expo'98 and conclude that mega-events with their associated public =
      investments, including adjacent Santiago Calatrava's futuristic =
      intermodal station, can have major catalytic effects in cities. We will =
      visit the city center completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755 =
      and marvel with the view of the city's scenic 7-hill neighborhoods from =
      the S. Jorge Castel. The program will include a hands-on joint studio =
      with Portuguese students on the revitalization of a city center =

      Please take a look at this presentation showing some of the sites we =
      will visit:

      - Powerpoint Presentation =


      The program is open to undergraduates and graduate students, from ASU, =
      and other Universities, who are interested and committed to learning new =
      contemporary planning practices and processes in European countries.=20

      Academic Program:

      Students must enroll for 4 credit hours. For course registration =
      purposes, students may choose PUP494 (undergraduate) or PUP598 =
      (graduate). A student-centered pedagogy will emphasize in situ =
      observation, discussion with practitioners, guest professors and =
      Portuguese students, data collection, group reflection, and integration =
      of theory with hands-on experience. There will be a joint studio =
      workshop with Portuguese students on neighborhood revitalization issues =
      in Lisbon.=20

      Living Accommodations:

      Students will be housed in hotels or university residences to take =
      advantage of local places of interest.

      Cost of the Program:

      The cost of $2,160 (subject to possible change) includes: housing, some =
      meals, local transportation in Spain and Portugal. Not included: ASU =
      tuition and fees for 4 credits, international airfare from Phoenix to =
      Bilbao and from Lisbon back to Phoenix. A limited number of partial =
      scholarships may be available to students in the School of Planning.=20

      Lead Faculty:

      Drs. Francisco Lara, Hemalata Dandekar and Carlos Balsas are professors =
      in the School of Planning at Arizona State University. Lara has a PhD in =
      planning from the University of Michigan and his expertise includes the =
      study of urban development and environmental policies on the US-Mexico =
      borderlands for more than 15 years. Dandekar is Director, School of =
      Planning at ASU with a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. She =
      is a licensed architect in California and her expertise includes the =
      study of urban-rural linkages, gender, affordable housing, and third =
      world development. Balsas has a PhD in planning from the University of =
      Massachusetts and his expertise includes the study of urban =
      revitalization and sustainable transportation planning.=20

      Dr. Francisco Lara=20
      School of Planning=20
      AED 73=20
      Phone: (480) 965-0496=20
      Email: fcolara@...=20

      Dr. Hemalata Dandekar=20
      School of Planning=20
      Phone: (480) 965-7167=20
      Email: hema@...=20

      Dr. Carlos Balsas=20
      School of Planning=20
      AED 77=20
      Phone: (480) 727-7336=20
      Email: Carlos.Balsas@...=20


      Students are required to enroll in PUP 494/598 I through the online =
      application process by going to:=20


      Useful Websites and Downloads:

      ASU School of Planning Study Abroad Program=20

      - Description: http://www.public.asu.edu/~cbalsas/Iberia.htm

      - Downloadable brochure: PDF
      <http://www.public.asu.edu/~cbalsas/Documents/Iberian%20brochure.pdf> =20

      - Portugal Tourism Website: =

      *     2 videos about Portugal: Video No.1 =
      <http://www.public.asu.edu/~cbalsas/assets/Cultural.wmv> , Video No.2 =
      <http://www.public.asu.edu/~cbalsas/assets/Eternal.wmv> =20

      - Spain Tourism Website: http://www.spain.info/


      Carlos J. L. Balsas, PhD, AICP

      Assistant Professor

      School of Planning, Office # AED 77

      Arizona State University, Main Campus

      P. O. Box 872005

      Tempe, AZ 85287-2005, USA

      office ph: 480-727-7336

      fax: 480-965-0968

      email: balsas@... <mailto:balsas@...>=20



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