Travel to The Netherlands to explore Dutch architecture and consider the cultural, technical, and urban forces that factor into its contemporary condition. This course emphasizes the critical importance of experience in the comprehension of architecture. It will offer opportunities to translate field observations into compelling graphic representations using a variety of media.
Writing in 2000, Bart Loosma argued that there are two discernible periods of modernity in Dutch architecture. The first occurred during the early 20th century and encompassed a variety of forms including the abstraction of De Stijl, thee.g., Afluitdijk, Delta Works).
The second period began in the 1990s and is defined by a confluence of forces including European unification, globalization, rapidly congesting urban environments, and the introduction of computation to architecture. Dutch architects embraced the computer as a design tool capable of addressing these complex changes in unique ways. Digital design incorporates two critical aspects that continue to resonate thirty years later. The first aspect concerns the computer's capacity to rationalize complex geometries and build unique shapes and tectonics. The second, best epitomized by the research of MVRDV, explores the potential of the computer to open up vast new territories of data and use it to challenge fundamental assumptions about how we make architecture, cities, and urban environments.
We will explore a variety of building types and consider their connection to the city. We will also discuss the infrastructure necessary for living below sea level and how the how manufacturing these landscapes changes our relationship to nature. Students will graphically document their observations and insights into a research sketchbook which will demonstrate their understanding of the program's critical areas of investigation.
"We no longer think of the 'artificial' and the 'natural' in antithetical terms. We regard the omnipresent artificial world, the global synthetic system, as one immense complex organism." – Kas Oosterhuis
|Education Abroad Advisor
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Assistant Professor of Architecture
Portland State University
||June 22 - July 6, 2020
|Areas of Study
|Required Pre-Departure Meetings
||Yes, specific dates and times TBD
|Course & Credit
||ARCH 399 or ARCH 410 or ARCH 510: Dutch Architecture of the Second Modernity
This course counts towards the Architecture undergraduate or graduate elective requirement.
|Language of Instruction
|Host Country Language
||Shared hostel in the heart of the city, 2-4 students per room with an en suite bathroom
|Class Standing Eligibility
*Preference is given to ARCH majors or masters students
|Minimum GPA Requirements
Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
- No previous language study required
- Completion of ARCH 382
If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate due to these considerations, please contact the Education Abroad Advisor responsible for this program.
- Program involves walking over uneven surfaces throughout the city
- As this program occurs during the summer, sun exposure may be significant, so extra caution should be taken to ensure adequate protection.
- $50 Application Fee
- Unofficial Transcript
- 2 short essays
- Goals that you have for the program (academic, personal, professional)
- Challenges you expect to encounter on this program
- 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
- This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments.
- This cannot be submitted by the program leader
- This can be academic or professional in nature (should not be from a family member or friend)
- 1-hour Group Interview
|PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
- 6 undergraduate credits (ARCH 399/410) or 6 graduate credits (ARCH 510)
- Shared accommodations
- Guest Speakers
- Welcome & Farwell Dinner
- Orientation upon arrival
- Site visits
- Cultural Tours
- 24/7 student support
- Ed Abroad Service Fee
- International Health & Travel Insurance
|ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS INCLUDES
- International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1000)
- Transportation to/from airport in Amsterdam (estimated at $20 each way)
- Additional meals (estimated at $10 per meal)
- Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
- Passport or visa
- US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program
*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.
*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.