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ARCH 4601: Architectural Design Studio VI (6:3:8). Prague Study Abroad will focus on the design of urban aggregates of buildings, infrastructure, and land use, and will analyze the interface between culture and architecture at the scale of the city. Architecture informed by its Context is the emphasis of this studio. The course explores urban planning and architectural design in an urban context in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. The design studio takes full advantage of the city of Prague and its unique position in the history of human development. The main assignment is the analysis of an urban condition and responding directly to that analysis in the design of a public space and a related building design for public use.

A significant objective of the course is to have students engage the change of urban conditions over time by demonstrating an understanding of the cultural forces – social, political, economic, aesthetic, religious – that produce change in the urban environment. Design will be based on an understanding of the context, which is provided by the socio-economic conditions that have led to a place being as it is - both the setting (current character) and historic context (time line). The city is a living organism- with a unique culture and a past called a “contextual history” and a future in which new buildings act as the threads that weave the cities living traditions into new and whole fabric. Architecture projects will be perceived as part of implementing an urban design project which entails gathering insights into urban fabric and how people use urban spaces.

ARCH 4000: Research in Architecture and Urban Studies The city of Prague offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the city’s rich and dynamic urban history and development. The historic city of Prague admirably illustrates the process of continuous urban growth from the middle Ages to the present day. Its important role in the political, economic, social and cultural evolution of central Europe from the 14th century onwards and the richness of its architectural and artistic traditions meant that it served as a major model for urban development for much of central and eastern Europe.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS: Prague rests along the banks of the Vltava River, and has been the political, cultural, and economic hotspot of Eastern Europe for over 1000 years. With over 1.2 million local inhabitants in the city proper, and a constant flow of international travelers exploring the city, Prague is a bustling capital of global importance. Since 1992, Prague has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason: The city is an unaltered, hands-on museum, full of famous theatres and opera houses performing Mozart's Don Giovanni, open parks with political protest history, and centuries-old buildings converted into late night discothèques. The galling years of communist rule linger in the minds of Czechs, and striking up conversation on the subject brings out a history and culture lesson that could only be learned from the source itself.

Visits to important historic and contemporary architecture are integral with the program, along with lectures by leading Czech architects, preservationist and participation in cultural events. While in Prague, students will participate in the following cultural activities, as a complement to the program academics: • Prague City Tour • Petrin Tower • Prague Castle (Extended Tour) • Prague Castle (Picture Gallery) • National Theatre Tour in Prague

The program will include the following excursions: • Day-trip to Karlstejn Castle + Krivoklat • Day-trip to Lednice-Valtice Castles + Znojmo -Slavonice • Day-trip to Telc and Zdar nad Sazavou; • Day-trip to Cesky Krumlov, including entry to the Renaissance Rooms, Masque Hall, Schwarzenberg Gallery and the Baroque Theatre; • Three-day, two-night excursion to Vienna, including a Vienna city tour, opera tour and performance, and theater performance. Vienna is a city with rich culture, full of museums, galleries and concert halls and great shopping. When visiting Vienna, students can discover forgotten side streets and find themselves in Hotel Sacher, Europe's famed watering hole where aristocrats and diplomats met to discuss politics and eat the hotel's sachertorte - a dry chocolate cake with apricot jam. Schonbrunn Palace is another city highlight from which you can see striking architectural beauty of Vienna and see how the structure of the buildings reflects the city's history.


Participating faculty for the Prague Program:

| Dr. Elizabeth Louden
| Dr. Rima Al Ajlouni

Projected program dates for the Prague Program:

Arrival date to Prague: May 20, 2012.

Program Starts: Monday, May 21st ----- Friday June-29th (6 weeks program)

Excursion to Vienna (Three-days, two-nights): Arrival: Saturday, June 30th - Departure Vienna back to Prague: Monday July 2rd Departure Prague Tuesday July 3rd 2012

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University:

Prague Program estimated at $4,843.30

The total out-of-pocket expenses for the Prague Program:

Prague estimated at $2,130.00

The total cost of participating in the Prague Program:

Paris Program 9 Hrs of Credit

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The 'Program Fee' and 'Out-of-Pocket Expenses' categories are estimates based on past program experiences, and projected costs. This category may vary slightly with the world economy and exchange rates. Out-of-Pocket Expenses may vary widely depending on individual student spending habits.

The 'Tuition & Fees' category is defined by the University. See the program cost comparison page for further details on calcualtion of tuition & fees for Study Abroad programs.

Description of the primary instruction site:

Studio Space: The classroom space will be at Charles University; all rooms are equipped with data projectors and whiteboards. Charles University in Prague is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1348, it was the first university in Central Europe and is also considered the earliest German university. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation.

Project Site:Old Town square in Prague

The Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is one of two main squares in Prague (Wenceslas Square is the other, just 5 minutes walk away). With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, this is one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe. Dating from the 12th century, the Old Town Square started life as the central marketplace for Prague. Over the centuries buildings of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles were erected around the market, each bringing with them stories of wealthy merchants and political intrigue.

Description of student accommodations:

Students are placed in furnished, spacious apartments. Because of the central location (Prague Districts 2-8), apartments are well suited for students looking for cultural immersion experience. Apartments are located in buildings with Czech families and international students, giving students the opportunity to interact with locals. In addition, students have access to all that their neighborhood has to offer: open-air markets, specialty stores, boutiques, restaurants, and historical sites.

All of this allows students the chance to explore their neighborhood and become comfortable with their life in Prague. All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes relative to the university. Additionally, each apartment will be equipped with internet and includes a washing machine and cleaning service every two weeks

Description of the typical student transportation in the city:

Prague Metro (Subway)---

The Prague metro carries around 400 million passengers a year. It is fast, efficient, clean and easy to use. Its three lines consist of about 50 km of tracks running mostly underground, and some 50 stations.

Schedule of Prague Program (subject to change):

Schedule here...TBD