China

  • Summer Semester 2012.
  • For architecture, planning & construction students of Texas A&M University and other peer institutions.
  • May not be used to fulfill "Semester Away" requirement.
  • The College of Architecture has established a new interdisciplinary program in China.

    China--a country with more than 5000 years of history--has become the second-biggest economy in the world. In contrast with recent recessions in the western world, China's economic growth still maintains at a fast speed. Meanwhile, china has and is experiencing dynamic development in all building sectors and urban planning. Further, American business continues to invest in China, including building development; most of the leading architectural firms have or are establishing offices in China.

    At Texas A&M University, a number of initiatives have been formed to promote communication and idea exchange between the two nations. For example, the bi-annual China-US conferences since 2003 have had great impact on building collaborative foundations among scholars from both sides. A summer study in China program will not only help students to develop an in-depth awareness of the far-eastern culture but also, more importantly, prepare them for the challenges from the globalization of cultural and economic development in the future. Moreover, this program wil involve fieldtrips to major cities and famous buildings. This provides a unique opportunity for studying and experiencing both ancient and contemporary Chinese architecture, structure, and urban forms, which is impossible to achieve at TAMU main campus.

    For more information please contact Dr. Elton Abbott, AIA, Assistant Dean in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.

    eabbott@tamu.edu

    Summer Semester courses in China include:

    CARC 689/489: Special Topic in Field Study - An Introduction to Ancient and Contemporary Chinese Architecture. Credit 3.
    This course is composed of two parts. The first part is a survey of ancient Chinese architecture and cities. It helps students undeerstand Chinese culture from the vantage point of its traditional architectural and urban design languages. The second part is a survey of contemporary architecture and urban design practice in China with a focus of foreign architects practices in China. This course will help students understand the impact of the contemporary architectural language to the existing context as well as how the contemporary practice operates.

    CARC 489: Special Topics in Structure Systems - Advanced Study Abroad in China. Credit 3.
    This course is an extension of introductory structures covering the major materials that were/are used in ancient and contemporary chinese buildings, including wood, concrete, timber, steel and masonry. Field trips will bring students to old wood structures that have sustained for hundreds of years as well as newly built massive steel-frame projects. The basis of the design and techniques will be covered to gain an understanding of the techniques of analysis and how to perform complex analysis of simple shapes. This course will prepare student with knowledge about how to apply what they learn to a project that uses a different construction method/procedure and is compliant to codes of a different system.

    CARC 689/489: Special Topic in Chinese Architecture and Urbanism. Credit 3.
    This Course is composed of two parts: seminar and design charrette. It examines environmental problems brought by fast urban sprawl in past three decades, including health, sustainability, housing, and transportation, etc. Guest lecturers- professors from Southeast University, practitioners, and policy makers- will be invited to speak on special topics and sparkle in-depth discussion. Student will choose a topic to study and provide design solutions. This course will urge students to identify, learn and analyze design problems in an unfamiliar environment, and develop skills for critical thinking and problem solving.