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Study Abroad in China through Univ. of Florida - Summer 2011

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  • Richard Kos
    Thanks to Aiko Cuenco for mentioning this interesting opportunity. The University of Florida is offering a 6-credit course titled Urban Planning and Design
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2011
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      Thanks to Aiko Cuenco for mentioning this interesting opportunity.
      The University of Florida is offering a 6-credit course titled "Urban
      Planning and Design Issues in China". For more information, I
      recommend contacting the instructor directly (name/email below).
      Also, enrolled SJSU students may wish to speak with Prof. Hilary
      Nixon, graduate advisor, to discuss any matters related to
      applicability of this course to your study at SJSU.

      Summer 2011
      Course Number: URP 6905
      6 graduate credits from University of Florida
      Course Title: Urban Planning and Design Issues in China

      INSTRUCTOR

      Prof. Zhong-Ren Peng (Office: ARCH 431; Tel.: 352-392-0997, ext. 429,
      Email: zpeng@...)

      COURSE DESCRIPTION

      This faculty-lead study abroad program will introduce students to
      planning and design issues and challenges facing the rapidly growing
      cities in China. It will allow the students to participate in actual
      planning/design case studies in a Chinese city. The course will
      combine lecture, observation and case study approach in a workshop and
      studio format. The students will have an opportunity to work with
      planning students and faculty in Huazhong University of Science &
      Technology and the Wuhan University of Technology (both located at
      Wuhan, China).
      Travel and study will take place in three distinct cities of China:
      Beijing, the ancient yet thriving capital that presents the challenge
      of preserving its past and designing the future; Shanghai, a truly
      global city well known as being the "Paris of the East" which reveals
      its ambition of becoming the world mega-city of the future; and Wuhan,
      a beautiful industrial city located at the middle of Yangtze River
      that is transforming itself into the �Silicon Valley� of China with a
      focus on fiber optics. The main planning issues to be examined include:
      � How do the rapid population growth and economic development affect
      China�s urban expansion and sprawl?
      � How does rapid urbanization affect the demand for housing,
      transportation and other urban infrastructure?
      � How do rapid motorization, income growth and city expansion affect
      transportation planning, traffic management, and environmental planning?
      � How to preserve the city history while design the future?
      � How to conduct planning in a rapidly changing environment?

      A design studio will be conducted at Huazhong University of Science
      and Technology and a field planning case study will be conducted at
      the Wuhan University of Technology. The studio and the planning case
      study will focus on addressing real planning issues and come up with
      suggested solutions. The students will work collaboratively with
      students and faculty at the Chinese universities.
      New this year:
      � Experience the high speed rail from Wuhan to Changsha.
      � Attend the International Association for China Planning (IACP)
      meeting in Beijing.
      China_Syllabus2011_web 2

      COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING

      There are five requirements for completion of the course:

      1. Satisfactory performance during the field trip in China. There will
      be site visits, collaborative work with and presentations to Chinese
      colleagues (30 percent)
      2. A written project report (individual work), (40 percent);
      3. A final course presentation (10 percent); and
      4. Overall contributions to the class (e.g., participation in all
      class-related events, creative work or ideas that enhance group
      learning.) (10 percent).

      Schedule:
      Summer A, 2011

      Tentative Trip Itinerary (subject to changes)
      May 21, 2011, Depart from US
      May 22, Arrive at Shanghai
      May 23 � 24, site visit at Shanghai, (discussions and site visits,
      including Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, City of Shanghai, the Bund,
      Pudong new development area, planning for the 2010 International Expo,
      Metro and light rail system, and the Maglev system.
      May 25, field trip to Suzhou, the garden city in China, which offers
      special interests to planners and landscape architect
      May 26, Depart Shanghai to Wuhan
      May 27-June 4, Joint design studio with students and faculty from the
      Huazhong University of Science & Technology
      June 5, Transfer to Wuhan University of Science and Technology
      June 6, Experience the high speed rail to Changsha
      June 7 � 14, planning case study in Wuhan University of Science and
      Technology
      June 15, depart to Beijing
      June 16 � 17, Historical and contemporary planning and urban issues at
      Beijing (discussions and site visits, including visits to Forbidden
      City, Summer Palace, Great Wall, Metro and light rail system, and
      suburban housing development.)
      June 18-19, International Association for China Planning Conference at
      Renmin University, Beijing
      June 20, depart Beijing to the US.
      We are still making the final arrangement; therefore, the final
      program is subject to modification.

      How to Apply
      If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please contact
      Kirsten Eller Laufer
      Senior Advisor, Study Abroad ServicesChina_Syllabus2011_web 3
      University of Florida International Center
      170 Hub, PO Box 113225
      Gainesville, FL 32611-3225
      Phone: (352) 273-1528
      Fax: (352) 392-5575
      E-mail: klaufer@...
      www.ufic.ufl.edu

      Major Activities:
      � Joint design studio with faculty and students from the School of
      Architecture and Urban Planning at Huazhong University of Science and
      Technology;
      � Joint planning case study with faculty and students from Wuhan
      University of Technology;
      � Site visit at Shanghai: the Maglev system, Shanghai Urban Planning
      Museum, the Bund, Pudong new development area, planning for the 2010
      International Expo, Metro and light rail system;
      � Field trip to Suzhou, the garden city in China, which offers special
      interests to planners and landscape architect;
      � Experience the high speed rail from Wuhan to Changsha;
      � Site visit at Beijing: Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall,
      TianAnMen Square, Olympic site, and historic preservation in central
      city;
      � Participate in the International Association for China Planning
      Conference at Renmin University.

      Some Useful Information about Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan
      Fodor�s Beijing Mini-Guide:
      http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=beijing@24
      The Beijing Page: http://www.beijingpage.com/
      Fodor�s Shanghai Mini-Guide:
      http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=shanghai@145
      Shanghai Travel Guide (official site) http://lyw.sh.gov.cn/en/
      School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Huazhong University of
      Science & Technology
      http://www.hust.edu.cn/english/academic/depart/arch/overview.htm
      Suzhou, http://www.chinatoday.com.cn/English/e200210/suzhou.htm
      Suzhou gardens: http://www.chinahighlights.com/suzhou/Attractions.htm



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