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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Degree Seeking
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USF Students
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USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Jim Pulos
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The Arts
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Program Overview


The success of our cities in the future will hinge upon how we utilize further development to improve urbanity—with an adequate amount of suitable, affordable living and working spaces, and planning that meets our growing ecological challenges. The quality of these developments will determine our resilience, not only of the built environment, but also socially, in terms of the people living there and how society interacts and evolves. This studio will explore the potential for new modes of collaborative city-making in a network society. We will study strategies for urban densification that improve the quality of life in the city and strengthen its unique diversity—by looking at built examples and practices in BERLIN, GERMANY. Berlin is known for its ‘SELF MADE’ developments that are mixed-use. These developments offer new housing typologies and cultivate common shared spaces that can be taken-over and transformed. We will also visit the Architecture Biennale in VENICE, ITALY, where the most important projects on this theme are currently exhibited. Our project site is in an urban district of BERLIN, GERMANY, that lies on the waterfront of the Spree River: one of the last blocks along the former Berlin Wall border between East and West that still needs to be rebuilt. Students are asked to create a mid-rise, hybrid housing and mixed-use project—exploring what kinds of housing can be brought together to create synergies that benefit many levels of the surrounding community. Students will develop a solution for the urban form, develop their own ideas for a programmatic mix of uses, and translate these into a spatial, architectural design. Students will develop the entire project into a schematic design, and parts of the housing into a detailed scale. Emphasis will be put on the overall architectural impression, and impact of the project. Finally, proposals developed for Berlin will be illustrated in a way that demonstrates the transferability of our solutions. Great emphasis will be put on quality presentation work in various media forms. columns


BERLIN and VENICE: We will visit the Architecture Biennale in Venice. In Berlin we will visit the project site, meet with planning officials as well as neighborhood initiatives, visit the interiors of many ‘SELF MADE’ projects and learn about this vibrant, progressive city. We will have a City-Makers Workshop together with students of the TU-Berlin and the TU-Braunschweig. Travel is planned for September (25-) 26  - October 08, 2016. Arriving in Venice on Sept 26th, then traveling to Berlin on September 30th, returning to Tampa on October 8th.

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This study abroad program is unique for several factors: we will be the only University in Florida to participate in the Venice Architecture Biennale. The Biennale offers a unique opportunity to see and discuss the most current issues and work of architects around the world. We will participate in discussions. Furthermore, students will study the exhibition designs of over a hundred architectural presentations, which is essential learning for architects. As a Curator and former Director of the German Center for Architecture, as well as having presented in the last Biennale myself, I believe I can provide a particularly professional insight into the Biennale and exhibitions. Concerning Berlin, since I am partly from Berlin, and an internationally invited expert on the subjects of Urban Planning of the City of Berlin and Berlin Co-housing Models, I believe I can provide here again a unique, professional and in-depth insight into the city of Berlin and these subjects. In this way, studying the Venice Architecture Biennale and Berlin Urban Development, in combination with my professional insight and guidance, makes this program entirely unique and worthwhile.Rialto Bridge

While in Berlin, we will have several visits to architectural offices (lectures about the office’s work and office tours), gain entrance into the apartments in over seven housing buildings and we will meet with the initiators of urban intervention projects as well as with students in Berlin who are studying Sustainable Urbanism. Furthermore, we will meet with city planning officials to learn more about their goals in the area of our building site. 

Tentative Itinerary:

25.09.16 Travel ( Flight overnight )
26.09.16 Venice - Day 1 Arrive in Venice / Meet evening for first walking tour 4 PM to 6PM
27.09.16 Venice - Day 2 Architecture Biennale 10 AM to 6 PM
28.09.16 Venice - Day 3 Architecture Biennale 10 AM to 6 PM
29.09.16 Venice - Day 4 Venice City walking tour 10 AM to 6 PM
30.09.16 Travel to Berlin Easy Jet Airlines at 7:10 am or at 6:45 pm / or Air Berlin 1881 at 15:05
01.10.16 Berlin - Day 6 Berlin orentation and walking tour 9:00 AM to 5PM Mitte / Prenzlauerberg - new housing projects
02.10.16 Berlin - Day 7 Berlin Museums to explore individually Neues Museum, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlinerische Gallerie etc.
03.10.16 Berlin - Day 8 Berlin walking tour 9:00 AM to 5PM The East + River Spree - Urban Pioneers
04.10.16 Berlin - Day 9 Berlin walking tour 9:00 AM to 5PM The West - Modernism
05.10.16 Berlin - Day 10 Berlin walking tour 9:00 AM to 5PM Tempelhofer Field, Kreuzberg - Interventionism
06.10.16 Berlin - Day 11 Berlin Workshop 9:00 AM to 5PM sustainability and urban programming
07.10.16 Berlin - Day 12 Berlin Workshop 9:00 AM to 5PM 
08.10.16 Travel Return Tampa Flight

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Host Institution


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Academic Program and Course Information

The Architecture Biennale in Venice is the singular most important biannual international show of current architectural work in the world. This year the main topic, "Reporting from the Front" engages in the social, community building alternative approach to designing space and architecture, which is a main goal of the studio.

  • Students will be guided through the Biennale and learn from the over 100 exhibitions.
  • Students will also learn about the history of Venice and experience the extraordinary urban situation.Venice
  • Students will learn how to map and compare urban spaces intrinsic to the cities of Venice and Berlin, looking at: structure, density, organization, public spaces.  
  • In Berlin, students will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important housing developments of this decade and learn about how these function and were developed. 
  • Students will learn about the botom-up development processes, meeting first hand with several groups that are responsible for temporary interventions as well as long-term developments.
  • Students will learn about the history of the city of Berlin and visit over 40 major landmark buildings of architectural significance.  

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Professor Kristen Ring is a registered architect in Germany and has lived and worked there for 25 years. She speaks and writes fluently in German and also has basic Italian language skills. As the former Director of the German Architecture Center, she was a part of the last 8 Architecture Biennale Exhibitions in Venice, Italy. She has also given professional tours through the Biennale. 

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Program Costs

Total Program Cost: $1861.00

Included in the Total Program Cost:

• Accommodations specified
• Listed lectures, workshops and visits as listed on day by day itinerary
• Transportation via public transportation (Venice) or private bus for visits and field trips
• International Health Insurance
• Field trips as listed on the itinerary

Not Included:

  • Course tuition (on-campus tuition rates apply)
  • Passport fees ($250.00)
  • International airfare ($1,100-1,400)
  • Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure
  • Meals

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Living Arrangements

While in Venice, students will be housing in shared apartment style accommodations, and housing in hotel/hostel accommodations in Berlin.

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Who Can Participate?

The program is open to students in the USF School of Architecture & Community Design.

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How and When to Pay

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Getting There


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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Professor Kristen Ring 
School of Architecture & Community Design
Phone: (813) 974-4031


Mr. James Pulos, Associate Director
Education Abroad Office
Phone: (813) 974-4043

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This program is currently not accepting applications.