Past Program

Italy: The Other Italy: Water / Wall

The development os Rome’s arcaded aqueducts, which permeate and circumnavigate its historic center, had the curious distinction of providing both a water-conveying systems for the needs of a sizable population while integrated as part of a defensive perimeter that remained essential to the city’s defenses until 1870.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Rome, Italy
  • Lucca, Italy
  • Orvieto, Italy
  • Naples, Italy
When
Winter 2009

Course Dates: Jan 5, 2009 — Feb 13, 2009

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Landscape Architecture
Course Numbers
  • ARCH W202 05
Cost
$1935

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019
Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019
Italy: See Naples and Die
Naples, Italy 2019

Full Course Description

The development os Rome’s arcaded aqueducts, which permeate and circumnavigate its historic center, had the curious distinction of providing both a water-conveying systems for the needs of a sizable population while integrated as part of a defensive perimeter that remained essential to the city’s defenses until 1870. This cohesive symbiosis between water and wall, in a conjoined role of supply and protection, has governed and symbolized much of the city’s development from its origins as a self-sustaining village atop a defensible hill, into the self-proclaimed center of the western world. Since Italy’s unification, this reference has materialized into a more nuanced relationship: railroad infrastructure follows the same accommodating gradient as the aqueducts; squatter settlements adapt to the structural party-wall of the arcades while conveniently tapping into its water system and the immobile bulwarks are used to demarcate boundaries for the development of housing districts. This superimposition will fuel our analysis of the intertwined relationships between the patterns of and human settlement and the machinery that sustains urban development. Students will participate in seminars and mapping exercises, in situ, which will culminate in a site-specific design project in Rome. Our time abroad will focus mainly on Rome and the environs of ancient Latium; with projected excursions to the Bay of Naples and the fortified towns of Lucca and Orvieto in Tuscany.

Program Details

Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD + Brown University students. To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must:

  • attend an infosession with faculty (general or course-specific)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application (Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.)
  • be in good standing in terms of conduct and finances
  • First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
  • Brown University students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.

Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at sfs@risd.edu with any questions.

Co-Requisite Courses

Prerequisite: ARCH 2101/2102/2108. Open to Junior, Senior, Fifth-year, Graduate. ARCH majors only

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