Programs : Brochure
Drexel Summer Break in Germany: Architecture & Interiors Intensive (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Berlin, Germany; Dessau, Germany; Potsdam, Germany
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
The twentieth century transformed nearly all cities around the globe, but perhaps none more so than Berlin, Germany. The destruction in World War II left few historic buildings intact and its division until 1989 left the city divided. Competing ideologies transformed East and West Berlin in different ways. Berlin’s modern and contemporary architecture speaks to that. However, since the German reunification, open spaces along the old West/East border were filled and the Berlin’s urban fabric began growing back together. Today, the city is filled with historic but also with new architecture that would not have found a space in other cities in Europe. Over the past thirty years, Berlin has established itself as one of the world’s great cities for innovations in architecture, art and urbanism. This intensive course will expose the students to much of what this dynamic city has to offer.
The program will also take the students to Potsdam and Dessau. The historic city of Potsdam is bordering Berlin. With the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, and other architectural landmarks, it is the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. Less than an hour by train to the south of Berlin, the city of Dessau and its environs encompass two UNESCO World Heritage sites-- the Gartenreich Dessau-Wörlitz and the Bauhaus ensemble. These encompass architectural subjects and expansive landscapes, both urban and rural, which invite much attention beyond the region itself and have had a lasting impact on the international stage.
This intensive course to Berlin, Potsdam and Dessau will allow students to learn about and explore historic and contemporary architecture, urbanism and design in Germany in relationship to its social, political and ethical context. A number of preparatory meetings prior to departure will introduce students to Berlin’s and German history, art, design and architecture.
Each student will be assigned to research one of the buildings and sites we will be visiting and present an introduction to the class while there. After our return, students will write a research paper about their buildings/sites. Opportunity for sketching will be given to students throughout the tour. Sketchbook/journal with sketch-notes must be submitted. All deliverables are due at the end of the summer quarter 2018.
Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for ARCH 347: Germany Intensive for 3 credits during the summer term. The course satisfies the History/Theory in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their summer credit load as the credits are not optional.
Pre-requisites: Arch 141-143, OR ARTH 101-103 or INT 200
Instructors: Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Altenmüller-Lewis, Associate Professor of Archicture; Dr. Mark Brack, Associate Professor in Architecture
Pre-Travel Required Lectures: attendance mandatory during summer term in Philadelphia. Schedule TBD.
Pre-Travel Lectures: Spring Term
Arrival Date: Monday June 15, 2018
Departure Date: Sunday June 24, 2018
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after the official program dates. Students assume all risk during independent travel as Drexel is not responsible outside of program dates.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Tentative Itinerary Overview
Due March 1, 2018 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due May 1, 2018 - $1,270 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
Included in Program Fee:
On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance
Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):