Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Lecco, Italy
- Program Terms: Fall
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
The Responsive Urban Environment (RUE) looks at the city through the lens of ecosystem management. RUE considers the city as a complex network of interrelated systems that rely on each other to maintain system balance. A dialogue of hardscape to landscape, city infrastructure is comprised of buildings, roads and bridges with respect to green public space, waterways and food access – home to humans, plants and animals, the glue of its ecosystem crossed by issues related to public health, the watershed and biodiversity. Ecosystems themselves are complex adaptive systems that require flexibility and the capacity to respond to environmental feedback to cope with change and uncertainty. The well-tempered RUE is a low-energy sustainable city.
Developing strategies for the RUE is critical to ensure a low-carbon future for our planet. The proportion of the world’s population living in cities has steadily increased over the past century from 14 percent in the year 1900 to 50/50 in 2007. While more people are living in cities than in the countryside today, an estimated 70 percent of people are expected to live in the urban environment by the year 2050 – which is why RUE research is imperative today.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
Prior to departure, students will be required to meet with the instructor twice to prepare for the course. Post return, students will submit a well-researched document that uses principles of ecosystem management to guide the development of strategies for the Responsive Urban Environment.
Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for AE T480 / AE 580 / WEST T480: Responsive Urban Environments for 3 credits as part of their fall term course load. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load when registering for fall term, or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed for 3 Drexel credits at their normal rate.
Pre-requisite: None. All undergraduate and graduate majors are welcome to apply for this program.
Optional Global Classroom: Students may opt to take AE T480/580 BIOdesign Global Classroom during spring term 2021 where they will collaborate virtually with students from Politecnico di Milano. In this class, students will be introduced to the methodologies and tools used to govern energy, resources and environmental quality decisions for the design and construction of energy-effective buildings that respond to site specific environmental conditions where they will collaborate virtually with students from Politecnico di Milano.
Instructor: This program will be led by Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, AIA (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Professor in the Westphal College and the College of Engineering
Arrival Date: Sunday, September 5, 2021
Departure Date: Sunday, September 18, 2021
Students may extend their travel independently after program date but are responsible for all arrangements.
2021 Tentative Itinerary
Sunday September 5: TRAVEL DAY
Arrive in Milan – take train to Lecco – check in to Lecco hotel – meet for dinner
Monday September 6: Introduction &Team Building
Morning: Reimagining the built urban environment after COVID-19: design problems and challenges.
Afternoon: Discussion Group; Research topics; Team building
Morning: Introduction to the design exercise (a pilot project for a working space after COVID-19). Site visit in Lecco
Afternoon: Team work
Morning: Lecture: The future of urban offices
Afternoon: Team Work
September 9: MILAN TOUR DAY
Morning: Lecture: Healthy spaces for living and working. Lesson learned from the pandemic.
Afternoon: Team Work
September 11: LAKE COMO TOUR DAY
Morning: Group activity
Afternoon: Free time
Morning: Lecture: Biophilia and Healing Environments
Afternoon: Team Work
Morning: Lecture: Strategies and technologies for sustainable and healthy built environments
Afternoon: Transfer to Vicenza
September 15: VICENZA
Visit of Villa Schio in Costozza
Visit of la Rotonda by Palladio
Transfer to Lecco
September 16: LECCO
All Day: Team Work
Friday September 17:
Morning: Team Work
Afternoon: Final Presentation at Politecnico di Milano
Evening: Farewell Dinner
Sunday September 18: TRAVEL DAY
Return flight to US
Due May 1st: $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due July 1st: $1,600 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
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