The Open Cities Laboratory is our center for research on the social, spatial and environmental complexities of the 21st century city. With us you will focus on Rome but the issues explored can be applied to any city.
Cities are humankind’s nature. They offer opportunities not only for innovation and economic growth but for a positive impact on the environment. The courses taught in the Open Cities Laboratory take advantage of our critical location in Rome, a European capital at the crossroads of the global north and south. You will study the historic growth and transformation of the city, the challenges it has repeatedly faced over time, and those it faces today. How does Rome propose dealing with its changing climate?
OCL 301 SUSTAINABLE URBANISM IN ITALY
Open to: All majors
The course presents Roma as a laboratory for sustainable urbanism where 2700 years of continuous inhabitation has left valuable material for today’s designer to study and learn from. Taught in the classroom and onsite in the field, the intended result is that students develop a rich understanding of the operational technologies of cities and a critical attitude towards the negative impact these technologies have on our environment. Students will learn and use basic analytic techniques and terminology through readings, lectures, seminars and local site visits and apply these observations and interpretations in the creation of the required short video.
OCL 302 URBAN REGENERATION AND PRESERVATION
Open to: Architecture, History, Preservation, Anthropology, Archaeology
The course presents an an overview of the fields of urban design, with a focus on urban regeneration, and historic preservation with particular emphasis on adaptive reuse of architecture.
OCL 401 URBAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN STUDIO
Credit recommendation: Recommended for students in Architecture, Sustainable Urban Development, Urban and Public Affairs, Community Development
Open to: Architecture, Urban Design, Design Studies
The course gives students an exciting experience in urban design and architecture in a creative international student environment.