UC Davis Summer Abroad
Status: Closed for 2017
Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona
Arrive Date: June 24, 2017 End Date: July 22, 2017
Look up from your tapas and watch the flow of people—neighbors, tourists, artists and peddlers—stroll down the Rambla. They disappear down the metro to resurface in some vibrant plaza or hillside neighborhood, climbing stairs to high-ceilinged apartments with views over this walkable metropolis. Barcelona, celebrated as a model for contemporary urbanism, architecture, and landscape, is also a city with innovative housing models, strong community identities and a long history of activism. For four weeks we will explore the relationship between urbanism, community, and housing—examining Barcelona’s history, planning models, housing policies, and grass-roots activism. With the city as our classroom, learning happens through daily field trips, guest lectures, design projects, and conversations at sidewalk cafes, where we will learn, synthesize, and apply knowledge to actual places in this Mediterranean city.
Taught In: English
Max Enrollment: 32
Program Coordinator: Greg Gundersen
Info Session Presentation
Community and Regional Development (CRD) 153B. International Community Development: Europe (4 units)
Community and Regional Development (CRD) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)
Landscape Architecture (LDA) 191. Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Studio (5 units)
Landscape Architecture (LDA) 198. Directed Group Study (3 units, P/NP)
- Live in one of the world’s great cities, learn about its rich history and culture, explore first-hand the urban planning, community design, housing, and regeneration issues of its diverse neighborhoods.
- Discover a region at the crossroads of Europe with easy access to France, Mediterranean Islands, evocative medieval villages, and limitless possibilities for mountaineering and beach-combing.
- Experience the Spanish joy of living: mid-afternoon lunches, 10:00pm dinners, great food, neighborhood fiestas, and night life. Stroll a mere two blocks from your dorm to the city’s marvelous beaches.
- Spanish Art (Spain)
- Culture and Development in an African Nation (Ghana)
- Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe (Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland)