Past Program

Portugal: Material Practices

Students in this course will use the methodologies of architecture, design, and the environmental humanities to investigate how wood- from pine to cork- functions as a node in intersecting biological, cultural, economic, political, social, and theoretical networks that route through Portugal.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Lisbon, Portugal
When
Winter 2018

Course Dates: Jan 7, 2018 — Feb 2, 2018

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Architecture
  • Industrial Design
  • Literary Arts & Studies
  • Liberal Arts Elective
Course Numbers
  • ARCH-1584
  • IDISC-1584
  • LAEL-1584
Cost
$3300

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

Full Course Description

Although separated by the Atlantic Ocean, Providence and surrounding New England towns have deep ties to Portugal. An influx of immigrants from Portugal, who settled in New England in the late-18th century, links the two regions. Providence, East Providence, Central Falls, Fall River, and New Bedford, among other towns, continue to function as vital hubs for Portuguese Americans today. Students in the co-requisite liberal arts and studio courses will use the methodologies of architecture, design, and the environmental humanities to investigate how wood- from pine to cork- functions as a node in intersecting biological, cultural, economic, political, social, and theoretical networks that route through Portugal. Students will spend the wintersession in Portugal, which offers a unique context in which to study making and adapting the natural and built environment towards sustainable models of design innovation. While abroad, students will study the roles natural resources play in the future of historic places; will investigate principles for the design of artifacts, systems, and/or building technologies that engage both local and global knowledge; and will use literature, theory, and other cultural texts to test, frame, and deepen their ideas. Locations will include Lisbon, Porto, and the Alentejo region, with additional day trips. Students will complete regular design, drawing, collecting, reading, and writing assignments throughout the entire course. The last two weeks of the course will be dedicated to producing the final project for the course-a publication that will weave together architectural and environmental humanities approaches to a site in Portugal.

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

This is a co-requisite course. Students must plan and register for ARCH-1505 and CER-1505. Students will receive 6 studio credits.

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Resources and Places: Focus Portugal

A multi-year initiative focused on the research and study of softwoods and cork in the context of Portugal.

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