Past Program

Italy: Tiber Floods

The monumental center of Rome has tolerated and managed seasonal flooding from the Tiber River watershed for millennia. Surprisingly, it is only recently in the late 19th century where canalizing the Tiber was deemed an expedient
solution for protecting the newly appointed capital of a unified Italy.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Rome, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Verona, Italy
When
Winter 2011

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2011 — Feb 9, 2011

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
3
Department
  • Architecture
Course Numbers
  • ARCH W202 03
Cost
$2800

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 monumental center of Rome has tolerated and managed seasonal flooding from the Tiber River watershed for millennia. Surprisingly, it is only recently in the late 19th century where canalizing the Tiber was deemed an expedient solution for protecting the newly appointed capital of a unified Italy. The shielding embankments inadvertently dismantled the riverfront from its historic core and rendered ancient water management systems, scenographic quays and river navigability virtually inert. Tiber Floods will investigate and reconsider existing preventative measures based on inundations of the past several years with data from the historical record, and confront the challenges and possibilities it poses for urban development and historic preservation within the context of the ancient city. To begin, the studio will compare and contrast the riverine flooding of the Tiber and Adige Rivers to the endemic and emblematic coastal flooding of the aqua alta in Venice. The course will encompass a thorough survey of Rome and its territory and in our travels we will visit the seminal works of Carlo Scarpa in Venice and Verona. Three weeks of travel and research abroad will culminate in a site-specific architectural design project to be completed in Providence.

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

Open only to architecture undergrads and grads, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Architecture

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