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Rock & Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy

  • Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Address: 2999 Overland Ave. Suite 103
  • Contact: Miriam Bar-Zemer
  • Email: info@ifrglobal.org
  • Website: http://ifrglobal.org
  • Phone: 424-209-1173

“Rock and Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy” is a multidisciplinary field course, located in the alpine ecosystem of the Val Taleggio. The field school is aimed at emphasizing the resilient nature-culture continuum through an approach that combines methods of anthropological fieldwork and architectural investigation. Through conversations with professional and local specialists, practical activities, local arts and crafts, theory and design, students will explore the ecology and the local resources in order to develop a new design methodology based on the relationship between nature and culture.

This 4 weeks course will analyze the landscape and its geological formations, the natural and socio-cultural environment, as well as the architectural design of the region. Participants will observe and study how locally available resources can become a source of inspiration for sustainable practices. The program includes trips to small villages, significant heritage sites including the world famous San Pellegrino Terme and Bergamo. It also offers treks in the natural environment, through historical paths along streams, rivers, and canyons visiting medieval settlements. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa a charming village, north of Bergamo. The final project proposes to identify cultural uses of local resources, specifically of rocks and stones, in the processes of creation, construction and transformation of the local environment. The observation and documentation of territorial adaptation and spatial configuration will extend insights to the larger contemporary socio-economic and cultural context of the region.

This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (ifrglobal.org), a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link: http://ifrglobal.org/program/italy-rock-stone/

 If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to info@ifrglobal.org. 

 

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