(Above: "London | 2013" students discussing a reading at the RIBA cafe, 31 Jan 2013.)
Of the multiple foreign study programs available to students in the UNL College of Architecture, the LONDON program has been historically the most popular and the longest running. As the program enters its 43rd consecutive year, its own longevity speaks to the instrumental role that travel plays in our respective development as Designers. Considering both the human-centered and material natures of Design, travel remains the single-most effective learning tool in one’s design education.
(Above: "London | 2013" students visiting Wilkinson Eyre Architects, 08 Feb 2013.)
To this end, our studio will be embedding itself in LONDON for the majority of the SPR 2013 semester. As the largest metropolitan city in Europe, LONDON is the optimum urban condition from which to make original observations regarding the general realms of art, design and engineering, but also the specific design disciplines of Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. Overall, this immersive experience will expand our current interests, personal capabilities, and larger expectations for Design.
(Above: Visit to the Cutty Sark by Grimshaw Architects, 14 Feb 2013.)
Our Fall semester (1 credit) was primarily for information, logistics, and curricular planning. Our Spring 2013 semester (12-15 credits) is balanced equally between field observation and the generation of new creative content. "London | 2013" is being coordinated by Associate Professor Chris Ford.
“The best bribe which London offers today to the imagination, is that in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860)