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Image:IMG_0629.jpg Quedlinburg, Saxon-Anhalt, Deutschland

Program Outline


Stadt Oberfläche : City Surface : a Photo Essay on Quedlinburg

Is presented [HERE ].

Description of the study abroad program

The program is a two part experience. The first week we’ll meet up in the 22,000 citizen town of Quedlinburg. Q’burg is the only city in central Europe to never have a major fire, come through unscathed from WWII bombing, and then remain dormant and forgotten to development while it sat behind the iron curtain in the post-war GDR (communist East Germany). Because of this it is the greatest collection of 1300 to 1800 Fachwerk (half-timbered) buildings in the world. The whole city is a UNESCO Heritage Site and Texas Tech has just unveiled a new university center in the heart of the town. We’ll spend about a week there in Q’burg focusing our studies on traditional place-making in urbanism and traditional construction techniques.

Then, we'll move to Berlin. The 20th c. hangs on no city more heavily than Berlin. From Bismarckian WWI Germany to the Weimar Republic, Brecht's theater, and Potsdamer Platz to the crash that led to Nazification and Hitler's destructive reign to the almost total annihilation of the city in bombing and the final Battle of Berlin with the Soviets to the rise and fall of the Iron Curtain symbolized by the Berlin Wall and reunification of the city - Berlin was at the vanguard in every decade of the 20th Century. The traces of each of these radical experiments are still readily evident in the fabric of the city, its buildings, and its people.

Our goal will be two fold: a) To live in the city as a Berliner. b) To do significant and fully engaged design study in the city.

We'll move into sublet apartments in the city where you'll live as a Berliner and know the everyday patterns of habitation in the city. For six weeks we'll engage in designing a building in the city that has significant urban implications in its placement, function, and meaning. Your leases will go two weeks past the studio final review so you'll have two weeks to base yourselves in Berlin for travel and fun after we've done our work and made our studies.

Berlin is in Central Europe. It is 2 hours from Poland. It is surrounded by great regional cities such as Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden, and Hannover. It is a long weekend's trip to Copenhagen, Munich, Zurich, and Prague. Students will be encouraged to make travels to these places, especially in the time after the study program.

Optional long weekend program study trips will be offered to two locations: Dessau to visit and study the Bauhaus and associated structures and Oświęcim, Poland to study and visit the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau.

Note: We will do only physical modeing and will draft with graphite on paper, just as we did last year (very successfully) in Montréal last year. There will be no computer work in this ARCH4601 for this studio. We will teach you everything you need to know about drawing and modeling with your hands in "paper space". Nothing is assumed.

Participating faculty for the Berlin Program

See the webpages of Zach_Pauls and Brian_T._Rex for details about us.

We have budgeted for a German speaking faculty member to join us while in Germany so there will be three faculty total in the studio for the duration of the program.

As a student Brian did a four month study abroad in Berlin in 1991. Both Zach and Brian are veteran foreign travelers and have lived, studied, and taught abroad extensively. Brian thinks he speaks German but really just works the language like a cave man.

Projected program dates for the Berlin Program

May 26th to June 4 in Quedlinburg, Saxon-Anhalt, Germany

June 7 to July 16th in Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University:

Between $1,800 and $2,100

The fluctuation depends on the number of students participating and the strength of the dollar against the Euro in May 2010. This fee does not include tuition.

THe philosophy of the program leaders for this trip is different than many of the other trips in that it is not "turn key" paid for in full in program fees and then paid for by the university. We pay for as little as possible directly and take as little money as possible in program fees so that the student is responsible for their own spending and may be able to be as extravagant or frugal in things like meals and accommodations as they (and their budgets see fit).

The program fee of approximately $2000 (calculated for 15 students at 1.5 euros to the dollar at $1902) includes:

  • The stipend we pay to the university there for studio and classroom space
  • Accommodations for six nights in Quedlinburg with host families as arranged by the TTU center
  • Instructional costs for the program
  • Shared studio tools for modeiing
  • Faculty costs for three faculty including accommodations in Germany, travel in Germany, and airfare to and from Berlin

The total out of pocket expenses for the Berlin Program

Between $4600 and $5800.

The following numbers are calculated at the high "retail" end of every category and, we believe, with some careful planning and frugal living could easily come in much lower. They do not account for an active party life. The students on this trip will all have kitchens in their apartments and living rooms to entertain each other and the people they meet in the city. This should defer a lot of cost by enabling us to eat and meet in our homes.

We've figured that each student will rent an apartment or room in an apartment for 500 euros a month for two months. Notice that that will leave each person two weeks at the end of the trip to live in the apartment, use it as a base for further travel, or entertain family and friends there after the semester is over on July 16th. Some students may be able to negotiate a lesser rent to the date rather than pay for this portion but it will take some negotiating. A 1.5 month sub-lease is unusual.

We've figured that each student will participate in the optional trips to Auschwitz and Dessau for three nights at an extra cost of $800.

We've figured that airfare to Berlin will be $850.

We've figured that each student will spend $35 on food and incidentals over the 54 days of this trip.

We've figured that each student will need about $500 to travel around and through the city while on this trip.

We've figured that each student will spend about $400 on books, studio supplies, and admissions into museums and other shows.

The total cost of participating in the Berlin Program

Between $6,400 and $7,900 for 54 days, NOT including tuition.

Again, this cost is truly dependent on the frugality, budgeting, and attention to detail of the attending student. From experience we can say that it is easy to live very, very frugally and still have a very enjoyable trip. Noodles at home and Döner Kebaps from imbiss stands will be eaten in that case. The long term value of this trip is not in the "kodak moments" but in the way the day to day experience of living and working abroad attunes your professional and personal discernment of your own "home" environment for years to come.

Texas Tech tuition for 2009-10 is $162.50 per credit hour. ARCH 4601 is 6 credit hours and would cost $975, not including fees. ARCH 4000, the elective history credit, is 2 credit hours and would cost $325

Description of the primary instruction site

We will be hosted by either the School of Architecture at the Technische Universität - Berlin, The Frei Universität in Dahlem, or the Department of Architecture at the Universitäat der Kunst - Berlin. These are still in discussion.

Description of student accommodations

In Quedlinburg: As arranged by the Texas Tech Center, students will live with local German families in their homes. This housing is part of the program fee.

In Berlin: Students, either in groups or individually, will arrange subleases from Berlin students via This is a methods we’ve used for six years in Montréal and we tested last summer in Berlin. With whom each student wants to live and how much they will pay is left to their discretion and necessity. This housing is paid by the individual student in the Spring out of pocket.

Description of the typical student transportation in the city

All travel in Quedlinburg will be on foot.

Berlin is a huge city in land area on the scale of Houston. Students are strongly recommended to acquire a bicycle (apartments sometimes will come with a bike, as arranged) and optional tours will be offered on bike. A bike can be rented in the city for a day trip for €10 / 24 hours. A bike can be bought in the city for very little. Beyond this mode the city is fully equipped with street trams, busses, elevated railways, subways, and is very walkable and safe. Bikes can be taken on subways and elevated trains for long distance trips.