International studios are an important part of the Urban and Regional Planning Program's course offerings, granting students the prospect of visiting other countries while gaining access to facilities, groups and individuals that might otherwise be closed to them. The college has established partnerships and faculty exchanges with other architecture programs around the world in order to promote a global cross-cultural exchange. Studios are selected, organized, and directed by individual faculty members who have an interest in a particular country, region, or city. This diversity of interests leads studios not just to the traditional locations of Europe but to the villages and global cities of the developing world-and provides each group of students with exciting and unique educational, research, and service opportunities.
Each year Professor Jonathan Levine leads a studio in Iceland. Iceland is a unique country that offers insight into development of successful communities in a harsh environment while harnessing its resources in a sustainable way. This project will bring about eight UM undergraduates and graduates in architecture and urban and regional planning into intimate contact with the design and planning issues of the country. For more information, visit the Iceland Studio 2008.
Visit the complete listing of upcoming spring travel courses, including Iceland and Washington DC.