• Tokyo, Naoshima & Kyoto, Japan
  • Seferihisar, Turkey
  • Rome, Italy
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Thailand
  • Guatemala
  • Finland
  • Morocco
  • Denmark

Upcoming Opportunities

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Japan Design Lab 01

Open to Architecture students
Japan Design Lab 01 will be traveling to Tokyo, Naoshima, and Kyoto over the course of three weeks in May and early June 2022. Immersive travel and cultural exploration will be linked with a project-based design assignment carried out in parallel with students from the architecture school at Kyoto University. Working in direct contact with an active local community on an upcoming project, students will have the opportunity to not only engage with the urban and rural conditions that make Japan distinct but with the people that enrich them. Mornings spent working intensively through iterative design prompts will be complemented with afternoons and evenings walking, riding, and eating across the cultural spectrum of this singular context.
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 Barcelona, Spain

Travel Abroad Studio

Open to Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Design students
Urban design and urban planning students will head to Barcelona, Spain in the summer of 2022 for an interdisciplinary studio focused on learning the principles, tools, and methodologies for planning, analyzing, and designing great urban public spaces. The first phase of the studio focuses on public space fundamentals by exploring the history and evolution of Barcelona’s urban fabric and its numerous parks and plazas and the urban issues facing the city today; understanding the principles of public space planning and design; and learning how to design and execute public space assessments in a variety of urban contexts. The second phase focuses on creating a public space concept plan and design for a specific site in the city’s dynamic Poblenou neighborhood, including site assessments and analyses, a public engagement pop-up event, engaging with local design and planning practitioners, and an iterative process to produce a public space and urban design concept plan for a locally based client.
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Architecture and Landscape in Finland: Interdisciplinary Design Study

Open to all CAP students
This program explores the traditions of architecture, landscape, and urbanism in relation to the culture in Finland through lectures and site visits. The tradition provided by the granite structures from the Middle Ages and the vernacular tradition of wooden buildings will be traced through the evolution of modern and contemporary work, and seen in the natural settings of the cities and villages. Of particular interest is the ongoing influence of Nature and the belief in its mythical powers. Topics covered include Karelianism, National Romanticism, Functionalism, Alvar Aalto, and recent developments in landscape and urban planning and design for sustainability in the 21st century.
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Morocco: Cultural Landscapes and Patterns of Change

Open to all CAP students
Cultural landscapes thematically overarch the focus of this study abroad program. Our Moroccan tour will focus on noticing patterns of historical change as we explore and compare urban settings and villages, buildings and compounds, gardens and agricultural sites. During this study abroad program we will study, sketch and document landscape settings, and investigate the following: landscapes of food production and gardens; systems of water distribution, noting issues tied to climate change; food culture and questions regarding equity through access and quality; and related cultural and historic buildings. Moroccan approaches to living in arid or otherwise challenging terrain elicited unique approaches to construction, water management and agriculture. These traditions and historic patterns are disappearing in the face of population increase, climate change and water shortages.
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Explorations of sustainable development

Open to all CAP students
This study abroad represents a rare and exciting opportunity for explorations of sustainable development in the energy, urban design, and governance sectors in one of the most progressive parts of the world. Copenhagen is a laboratory of visionary urbanism and Denmark's countryside, and smaller cities are stunning examples of sustainable rural life. Copenhagen's diverse approaches and innovations across the spectrum of design and planning for urban spaces include creating integrated bicycle networks, public transit, pedestrian connectivity, high quality public space, pedestrian connectivity, and design innovations. The City of Aarhus is home to some of the world's most innovative water policy and management systems. The country's clean energy, water and transportation policies and practices are admired, studied, and imitated across the globe.
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Sustainable Tourism Planning and Design in Turkey

Open to all CU Denver graduate students
Focuses on planning and development in the face of tourism development pressures in sensitive areas. Sustainable tourism draws from several areas within urban planning, including growth management, economic planning, urban design, and historic rehabilitation. These areas provide the broader context for the more detailed planning practices that guide the studio’s objectives, such as economic diversification, identifying and enhancing place character and identity, defining and encouraging alternative tourism sectors (in particular, rural tourism, agricultural tourism, food tourism, and eco-tourism) and alternative tourism approaches (light tourism and slow tourism). Students may craft regional economic strategies, develop land use policies, write guidelines for development codes, e.g., form-based codes, and prepare detailed urban design schemes for key areas in the study area. Students will also interact with local planners, officials, and others, and incorporate their input and feedback in the final proposals. In addition to planning and design learning outcomes related to these sustainable tourism practices, students will achieve several other learning objectives through understanding a new planning and design culture, including its regulations and traditions, contacting various interest groups in the region, and grasping the local and national politics.

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