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Seville, Spain


With more of 2000 years, Seville has always been an important City not just from the Iberic Peninsula, but also for the Old Continent, still shows a large well-preserved Historical Centre with influences from the Arabic Culture, the Roman, and the Medieval, not just Capital for Andalusia, it was center of the Trade Monopoly to the Americas, and home for the King Philip V. A City full of Culture: food, traditions, arts, architecture and music, particularly Flamenco, originally gypsy but now recognized as emblematic for Spain. Through an intense analysis of Culture, our Design Project will consist in designing a Center for Flamenco, with an open performance space, music, and dance school, and a tapas bar. The site, a neglected space behind the Torre de la Plata (The Silver Tower), a XIII Century Structure that was connected to the Arab Walls that protected the City. Re-combinating Program, space and cultural narratives, the intentions will be to add a new structure adjacent to a Historic Monument, creating a “ludic” Program. Such program should respond to a Concepts/ideas developed through interactions with culture, social and intellectual statements. And will respond to a Physical and Cultural Context. Tschumi’s ideas of Trans-programming, Cross-programming, and Dis-programming, should be applied. Instruction will be five days a week, comprised of morning studio at the Texas Tech Center in downtown Seville, and some evenings for sketching and visits. We may have a mid term presentation, and a final review with guest local architects. Both presentations will be in digital media (power-point).

Participating Faculty for the Seville Program:

Javier Gómez Alvarez-Tostado is an Assistant Professor, who has led the Seville Study Abroad program in Spain for more than seven years. He is a PhD candidate with Tulane University in History/Historic Preservation. He has a Master of Architecture from UNAM with emphasis in Historic Preservation, has participated in graduate studies at the AA London Architectural Design, and has a Bachelor of Architecture from Anáhuac University in Mexico City, Mexico.

MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald is an Associate Professor. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MaryAlice directs the Houston Studio + Practicum Program and the Community Design and Development Program.

Daniel Pruske is a Visiting Assistant Professor. He has a Master of Architecture from Texas Tech University.

In addition, faculty from the Facultad de Arquitectura from the University of Seville will join us for reviews and tutorials.

Projected program dates for the Seville Program:

7 Weeks.

Monday, May 17: Seville Program begins

Monday, July 5: Program ends in Barcelona

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University:

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University: $4,200.00

This fee includes:

▪ Student Health Insurance for full term of program

▪ Overnight hotel stay upon arrival, May 17

▪ Single or double occupancy room at a host family from May 19 – June 22

▪ Meals and laundry service from May 19 – June 22 while in Seville

▪ Orientation by staff of the TTU Seville Center

▪ Classroom space at the TTU Seville Center

▪ Use of internet and computer lab at Seville Center

▪ Metro and bus passes for the duration of the program where applicable

▪ Charter bus for travel to: Lisbon, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Cordoba and Granada

▪ Hotel room with shared occupancy for all overnight travel outside of Seville

▪ All entry fees for all sites visited with group

▪ Faculty accommodations and airfare

The total out-of-pocket expenses for a student in this program is:

The total out-of-pocket expenses for the Seville Program: $2,130.00

This number includes: ▪ Meals while on travel segment of study abroad (June 23 – July 5) estimated at $50/day ($650) ▪ Airline Roundtrip to Seville $1300 ▪ Airline ticket from Barcelona to Seville. $180. Or train at $150.00

The total cost of participating in this program for a student is:

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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:

Classes will meet in Seville, Spain under the auspices of the College of Architecture Study Abroad Program located at the TTU Seville Center, c/ Recaredo 44, Seville, Spain. The center provides facility space for all TTU students participating in Seville Study Abroad Programs. Typically, you will meet students various TTU colleges and departments. The staff of the center supports all activities relating to host families, transportation, field trips and the travel segment. They also provide guidance for sites to visit, places to eat, tourism activities and daily needs of students. On-site instruction will be held at various locations in Seville and other cities visited.

Description of student accommodations:

Each student will be provided a room in the home of a host family. In most cases, these are women who provide housing, cooking, and laundry service, all inclusive. It is a great opportunity for students to learn the local culture and practice language skills. In many cases, more than one student in the program will be housed in the same home together.

Description of the typical student transportation in the city:

Travel throughout Seville will take place by foot and bus. Much of the city is easily accessed by walking, but one can cover a lot more area by utilizing the bus system (which is efficient, clean and safe), or by using the public bicycle rental SEVICI service.

Schedule of Seville Program (subject to change):

May 17: Students arrive Seville; Orientation and welcome
May 18: Students are allocated in host homes; Studio first class
May 22: Pin-up
May 23: Tour of Real Alcazar and Cathedral,br /> May 29: Pin-up
May 30: Free day
June 4: Pin-up
June 5: Day trip to Córdoba
June 12: Day trip to Granada
June 21: Final Review
June 22: Free day
June 23: Trip to Lisbon
june 25: Trip to Salamanca
June 27: Trip to Santiago de Compostela
June 28: Tour Ciudad de la Cultura by P.Eisenman
June 29: Trip to Bilbao; Gugenheim Museum by F.Gehry
June 30: Trip to Zaragoza; La Rioja vineyards, Z.Hadid, S.Calatrava, F.Gehry
July 1: Trip to Barcelona
July 2: Tour: Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Park Güell, A.Gaudí
July 3: Tour: Barcelona Pavillion, M. Van der Rohe; Agbar Tower, J.Nouvel; Gas Building, Santa Catarina Market, E.Miralles
July 4: Forum, Olympic Village, MACBA, R.Meier
July 5: End of Program, depart from Barcelona

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