Faculty of Design - GDES Interdisciplinary Studio
OCAD U Study Abroad - Summer 2017" - Rome & Florence
GDES-3108 The Future of Inhabited Form. 1.0 credit
Faculty: Professor Stuart Reid and Associate Professor Doreen Balabanoff
Summer Intensive Course - 4 Weeks, 1.0 credit
May 15 - June 11
- 2 weeks at University of Rome (May 15 - May 26)
- 2 weeks at Florence Studio (May 27 - June 11)
January 2017 Info Sessions (note: we will try to start right at 11:30am to accommodate students with classes at 11:50, and will continue until 12:30 with questions).
Tuesday January 10, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Room MCA670
Thursday January 12, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Room MCA670
- January 31 (midnight) Application Deadline: Submit digital portfolio and statement of intent/interest
- February 3 Notification of acceptance (maximum 18 students)February 10 Deadline for Deposit/Registration
- March 1 Deadline for Full Registration and Tuition Fees
- March April May 2017 Pre-travel info sessions with registered students
- May 15-26 at University of Rome, Italy
Students will have a place to work, and will attend lectures, seminars, discussions, site visits etc. We will engage in diverse exercises in lateral thinking, writing, collage, drawing, 3D and 2D design – and will connect with University of Rome Architecture and Design students and faculty. 4 days with faculty (5 hrs/day), 3 days independent work/study/site visits.
May 27 – June 11 at OCADU’s FLORENCE Studio
Students will have a place to work, and will attend lectures, critiques, seminars, site visits, etc. We will continue intensive full days of work on the project The Future of Inhabited Form. Each student will develop their own response to the course objective, using strategies, research approaches, methods and materials/technologies that support their ideas and goals. Students will benefit from working alongside graduate students sharing the Florence Studio, including guest lectures, critique sessions and other shared events.
4 days with faculty contact (5 hrs/day), 3 days independent work/study/site visits.
1) Possible exhibition at OCAD U Florence Studio public “open house” Saturday June 10, including IAMD graduate student and Future of Inhabited Form student works and
2) Possible exhibition at OCADU’s Great Hall (September/October 2018) with all Florence Studio students’ work.
A sample Student Budget
*Note: Not included in the budget below are the usual expenses that would not change whether abroad or in Toronto. These include Summer Tuition/Fees 2017, as usual, for 1.0 credit (equivalent to 2 undergrad .5 studios) and any Materials, Supplies, Printing etc. used in studio production.
Study Abroad Expenses (approximate):
AirfareTravel (approx) $ 900+/-
15 nights Rome $ 800
15 nights Florence $1,200
4) City Bus Pass 14 days Rome 48 Euros $ 70
5) Return Travel Rome-Florence (train) $ 100
6) Food $16/day x 28 days $ 450
7) Venue costs (class entry to museums etc.) $ 150
8) Admin. Costs $ 500+/-
* Note: OSAP students taking 2.0 credits spread over the summer term are eligible for the usual OSAP funding. So another two .5 summer courses would make OSAP funds accessible to eligible students.
Bursaries: There will be some bursaries awarded to aid several students in participating.
An application form showing student financial need will be required; this will be coordinated with Financial Aid office, and discussed at the info sessions in January.
On the course content:
The course utilizes individual exploration, group charettes, social engagement, and site visits to old and new spaces/places. We will use studio practices as well as diverse readings and research strategies to raise questions and explore imaginative and energetic answers concerning the future of inhabited form – that is, the re-imagining of any of the following: our relationship with the environment, whether city, urban ecology or dwelling place; the complexities of getting along with diverse peoples and cultures; the way we use and develop
objects and environments; our understandings of connection to the earth and the cosmos; new modes of thinking, creating, and sharing, through deployment of new technologies.
This interdisciplinary studio requires immersion and a sustained, focused attention upon the work at hand. It offers a very different experience to the usual academic term, where each project must happen in fits and starts, and attention is divided across multiple courses and working situations. It is an intensive creative and multi-disciplinary in-studio investigation, fertilized by a surrounding environment of great richness, depth and diversity. Students on our previous London Study Abroad course described it as life-changing. We hope this course will be similar in impact for the group who takes up this exciting learning opportunity.
THE CONTEXT OF ROME AND FLORENCE
If Rome stands for the memory of power (500 years of empire and 2,000 years of the Catholic church), then Florence stands for the cradle of the Renaissance, the renewal of humanistic consciousness (and therefore a direct challenge to Rome). Coming from their own lived experience, as students within the creative heart of Toronto, students will use their contemporary experience of these storied places to trigger new understandings of human agency – what we can do, what we want to do, what we intend to do.
weeks 1 & 2
Students will visit the contemporary architecture of Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid and others, as well as ancient sites such as the Pantheon and the Coliseum that hold great significance in the history of architecture. They will attend lectures by the University of Rome’s distinguished professors and will show and discuss their work with students and faculty in architecture and design. In a city immersed in (and in some ways overwhelmed by) deep memory of a great, terrible and lost civilization, we will contemplate the future and ask: how can the forms we create out of our own imagination challenge the forms of the past?
Weeks 3 & 4
The historic city state of Florence is renown as the cradle of the Renaissance, of Humanism, a renewal of humanistic consciousness.
The studio becomes a triangulation between three cities – Toronto, Florence and Rome. In the physically quieter atmosphere of Florence, students will grapple
with memory, critique and discovery, to give tangible and visible voice to design’s promise of a Future of Inhabited Form
1) Are there any academic restrictions or requirements to qualify for this course?
You must have a 70% average at time of application (January 31 deadline) and must be eligible to take 3rd year courses by end of Winter Term. Please consult with the Registrar's office if you are not sure whether you will qualify.
2) Where will students stay when in Rome and Florence?
Students will book their own accommodation - University of Rome has suggested possible residences at a good student rate, but the booking as a group can only be done once we know that we have at least 14 registered students. Florence is likely to be individual bookings or smaller group sharing. We will have info sessions to discuss these matters with students registering. (See info sheet and announcements).
3) How do I submit an application?
A Portfolio and statement of intent/interest must be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2017 at midnight.
4) When will I be notified about acceptance?
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by noon (see info sheet)
We are seeking 14-16 students with serious interest/commitment. Maximum possible 18 enrollment – once selection is completed we will keep a waiting list if necessary and will inform applicants (in order of ranked selection process) as soon as any openings occur.
5) When do I have to pay?
Deposit of $500 by Friday, February 10th at Noon. Full Registration and Tuition/Fees by Wednesday, March 1st.
Forms will be provided during the info sessions and will also be available at the Faculty of Design Office.
6) How much free time will I have in Rome and Florence?
Very little - as this is a 4 week 1.0 credit course it is an 'intensive' learning experience - you will be working full time on the one project - and expected to spend 6 out of 7 days in the studio developing your work. Lectures, presentations, exhibitions, site visits and other group activities (including visits to architectural sites) will occur throughout the four weeks. Students wishing to further explore/travel will want to plan their own dates of arrival/departure to suit individual plans.
7) Where will we do our studio work?
You will be given desk/workspace at University of Rome School of Architecture for two weeks (interfacing with students and faculty there). Then we travel to Florence by train and you take up desks at OCAD U's Florence Studio - interfacing w/grad students from OCAD's IAMD interdisciplinary Masters program.
8) What about flight bookings?
You will book your own flight.
9) What are the portfolio submission requirements and how do I submit?
This is a design studio, so we expect to see images and notes regarding design or art projects that address specific concerns through creative processes of making, designing, developing practice-based work. It would be valuable to see that your work addresses, in some way, the course topic (many possible approaches are possible).
- Please provide a statement of interest: What interests you about this course?
- Provide a pdf document showing 3-5 of your best projects.
- For each project give a title, a short description of the project brief
Project Brief: Small ecological habitat/dwelling for myself for one year, on a specific site in Toronto
Studio Assignment: A set of drawings addressing issues of human representation and embodied experience
Project: An independent study investigating urban ecology issues in large Canadian cities
Show several pages of images and brief text as needed, and include any design process images that show your working processes.
10) What is the selection criteria for students?
We are looking for very motivated and diligent students who are capable of handling the intensive mode of working that the course utilises. Therefore we will look at not only quality and relevance of work shown in the portfolio, and capacity to present your work well, but marks, as well as a balance of competencies across analog and digital media.