The 2006 Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture Italy Program will conduct its fourteenth session during the Fall 2006 academic quarter. Participants in the 2006 Landscape Architecture Italy program will again live and study at the Santa Chiara Study Center in Castiglion Fiorentino about fifty miles southeast of Florence in the Tuscany region. The session is a great opportunity to visit one of the oldest and culturally accomplished cultures. The art, architecture, and landscapes of Italy are a remarkable blend of Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and contemporary expressions. In addition, the Italians continue to engage time-honored landscape practices that exemplify sustainable practices and alternatives.
The academic focus of the session will again be the region surrounding Castiglion Fiorentino. We will spend part of the semester learning about the environmental and social systems related to the community. With this comprehension, we will develop perceptual and environmental strategies for the design of the landscape surrounding the city.
The twelve-week academic program begins on September 1, 2006 and concludes on November 23, 2006.** The weekly schedule will consists of studio and lectures M-TU-W. from 8 A.M. to 6P.M. with an hour break for lunch. Dinner occurs each evening at 7:30 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.; we normally devote the evenings to the painting class. Thursdays are relegated to field trips; F-S-Su are open for individual travel and study. Two three day field trips, one to Venice and the other to the Rome will occur in October and early November respectively. The session also includes a trip to the Amalfi Coast in October.
** Dates may vary slightly; confirmed by spring, 2006.
Courses include fifteen hours of academic study, These include senior design, senior seminar, history (the urban landscape), Professional Practice, and painting. Graduate students enroll in LA 512, and are encouraged to enroll in the 499 Painting class and the LA 423 Urban History course. All Classes are taught by Cal Poly landscape architecture faculty.
An important component in you travel to Italy is a valid US passport or a valid visa for individuals not holding US passports. Please begin the process of acquiring a passport or visa immediately. As we approach the summer season, the passport offices become backlogged with applications, thereby making acquisition of the document a problem latter in the summer. Passport forms may be acquired at post offices. Individuals requiring visas must apply to the Italian Consul in Los Angeles.
Each participant is responsible for acquiring transportation to and from Italy. Several airline companies offer competitive rates to students. Generally, Airline flights cost $700-800.00 round trip LA-Italy. Less expensive fares are possible by traveling to London, Paris, or Frankfurt. These destinations would give you the opportunity to take the train to Italy and on the way see some spectacular landscapes. Individuals who are constrained by time factors should fly to Florence and then take the one hour train ride to Castiglion Fiorentino.
Part of the academic program includes Italian language instruction However, participants are encouraged to acquire as much language facility possible before leaving for Italy. The Italians are extremely friendly and encourage your use of Italian language regardless your level of facility. Knowing Italian can increase the value of your stay multifold.
The cost for the program consists of the following components:
*Estimates contingent upon Dollar/Euro rates etc.
Participants should be aware that the budget does not include spending money. Individuals should allow an additional $1000.00 for such purposes. Individuals cover the cost of transportation and hotels during the Amalfi trip; some meals are provided.
As a way of securing a place in the session a deposit of $100.00 is due by April 1, 2006. The deposit is refundable and is applied to the $6200.00 budget figure.
For further information regarding the program, please contact Phil Pregill at (909) 869-4431 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
We look forward to your participation.