For the second year running, the School of Architecture and the Built Environment brought 26 Yr 3 students from the Diploma in Architecture course on a 15-Day Study Tour cum Workshop Programme in Italy.
The objective of the trip was to enhance the students' architectural education by:
1) visiting world famous architectural sites in Italy
2) attending an academic workshop with Milano Politecnico, and
3) attending the 2012 Venice Architectural Biennale
The trip was conducted from 20 Sep - 5 Oct 2012 (15 days) and covered four cities, namely Florence, Milan, Venice and Rome.
Among the great historical buildings visited were Florence Cathedral, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo Milano, Piazza di San Marco, the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Students literally saw and experienced the buildings, which they had studied before in Yrs 1 and 2, coming to life.
The students also attended 2 workshops in Politecnico di Milano and IED Milan. Politecnico di Milano presented a tour of their building project on sustainable space - the VeluxLab, and IED conducted a workshop on the principles of design.
The highlight of the trip was the visit to the 2012 Venezia Architectural Biennale. Students were exposed to works by leading global architects addressing current world issues. This was a unique opportunity for students to experience discourses related to and beyond architecture.
Students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and gained invaluable exposure to the wider realm of architecture, experiencing the local Italian culture and flavors across the world.