Past Program

Mexico: San Miguae: Renewable Resource

In Mexico the sun is unrelenting. For most regions there are two seasons: dry and wet. The rains arrive like an explosion. In some regions there are strong winds. With sun and water there is earth, elements with which the native people have spent time trying to synchronize.

At-A-Glance

What
Global Field Trip
Where
  • Mexico City, Mexico
When
Winter 2014

Course Dates: Jan 6, 2014 — Feb 7, 2014

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Architecture
Course Numbers
  • ARCH-W202-1
Cost
$1112

Includes airfare, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Mexico: Un-Wall the Border
Monterrey, Mexico 2017

Full Course Description

In Mexico the sun is unrelenting. For most regions there are two seasons: dry and wet. The rains arrive like an explosion. In some regions there are strong winds. With sun and water there is earth, elements with which the native people have spent time trying to synchronize. This culture values “community” in its towns, public institutions and civic spaces. Working and socializing together is a key component of society and has a basis in the strong ties formed within the family. The architecture of “wall” has a distinct presence. Buildings tend to face inward, and so does life turns inward. The patio, a void, the soul of the house, is enclosed but opened to the sky. The thickness of the walls, their clean lines and vivid colors create basic volumes filled with light and shadow. Water, sky and plant life collaborate and nurture serenity and inner-outdoor life. A cultivated plot of soil, the garden not only has fruit trees and edible plants—squashes, beans, peppers and corn—but also spices for seasoning and medicinal plants. For several decades now the concepts of ecology and sustainability have invaded all areas of our life. In the field of architecture significant changes and developments are evolving and we need to look closely at guidelines for building responsibly. This studio offers an opportunity to engage the objectives of economy, alternative material applications, and construction strategies exploring ways to achieve beauty and function in a self-sufficient architecture.

Program Details

Full requirements for eligibility for travel component

ARCH and LDAR majors only

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