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Portugal: Mapping Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages

Students in this course will spend four weeks in Portugal and will use the methodologies of design for the built environment, the fine arts, the environmental humanities, mapping, and writing to investigate overlapping networks of biological, geological, and cultural heritage in Portugal.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sines, Portugal
  • Evora, Portugal
  • Mértola, Portugal
  • Faro, Portugal
When
Winter 2019

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2019 — Feb 3, 2019

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Program Partners

Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD)

Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Interior Architecture
  • Literary Arts & Studies
  • Liberal Arts Elective
Course Numbers
  • INTAR-1512
  • LAEL-W512
Cost
$3900

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

Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages
Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages
Lisbon, Portugal 2019
Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages
Lisbon, Portugal 2019

About this Travel Course

Located on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal contains a wide range of socio-ecological regions and configurations, including large cityscapes, western and southern Atlantic coasts, mountainous regions, agricultural landscapes, marine ecologies, petrocultural landscapes, and tourist infrastructures. In addition to these complexly-layered contemporary socio-ecologies, Portugal has many richly-layered built environments, with cultural heritage sites dating from the pre-historic to the contemporary. Portugal's historical and contemporary socio-ecologies emerge from both historical and contemporary geopolitics, but also, at least in part, from its varied geological contexts.

Students in the co-requisite, integrated liberal arts and studio courses that comprise "Mapping Portugal: Bio-Geo-Cultural Heritages" will spend four weeks in Portugal and will use the methodologies of design for the built environment, the fine arts, the environmental humanities, mapping, and writing to investigate overlapping networks of biological, geological, and cultural heritage in Portugal, with a focus on the Alentejo and Algarve regions. The course begins and ends in Lisbon, but focuses primarily on sites to the south and east of Lisbon around four three different bases: Setubal/Sines/Alcácer do Sal, Évora, Mértola /Serpa, and Faro. By staying for extended periods in each of these areas, students will be able to focus their studies on the specific socio-ecologies and heritage sites surrounding each base. By the course end, students will be able to link them, together into a comprehensive understanding of the bio-geo-cultural heritages and networks of the Alentejo and Algarve.

Co-Requisite Courses

This is a co-requisite course. Students must plan and register for INTAR-1512 and LAEL-W512. Students will receive 3 studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits.

Student Work

Yunni Cho, BRDD 21 IA | COEXISTENCE - PATTERNS AND ORNAMENTS

Excerpt: "Walking on a street of Portugal, one encounters many different cultures and history through various patterns and ornaments. One can easily trace Portugal’s past of being both the colony and the colonizer of other nations as the center of international trade by looking at a single tile that contains Roman, Indian, and Moorish influence on its style...Ornamentation in Portugal, therefore, can act as a visual key that guides people through its history and culture."

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Sketchbook by Yunni Cho BRDD 21 IA
Sketchbook by Yunni Cho BRDD 21 IA
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