Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Field Trip 1.0 Madrid and Southern Spain

Between the mid-review and final review of our urban infill project, students were lucky enough t spend a week traveling a few other cities throughout Spain with the help of Sophia and Joel. THe trip encompassed the cities of Madrid, Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla.

The busy itinerary included:


A sketching and walking tour of all of the following with a presentation by Devon Brophy and Matthew Simeone on the Manzarenes in the context of the contemporary landscape design.
Placa Mayor
Palacio Real
Royal Collections Museum
Segovia Bridge
Cascara Bridges and Landscape
Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos
Matadero Madrid Design Center

Group Dinner at Venta El Buscon


Sketching at the Toledo Cathedral
Group lunch at Alqahira Rincon de Oriente
La Granja Escalator
Palacio de Congresos del Miradero
Santa Maria la Blanca
More sketching at the El Greco Museum


Discussion, Presentation, and Sketching at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia
La Caixa Forum
Sketching, Discussion and Architectural Theory Presentation by Michael Egnor and Daniel Ruck at Museo Nacional Del Prado


Walking Tour, Sketching, and Discussion at Mezquita de Cordoba/Alcazar
Walking Tour and Sketching at Juderia and Sinagoga de Cordoba


Tour and Sketching at The Alhambra
Corral de Carbon
Catedral de Granada
Sketching at the Generalife Gardens, Alcazar and Palace Carlos V
Nasrid Palace
Walking Tour and Sketching at the Capilla Reial
Night visit ti Hammam Arabic Baths


Walking Tour and Sketching at Santa Cruz Quarter, El Arenal and Plaza Espana


Sketching at La Catedral y Giralda de Seville and he Real Alcazar
Flamenco Show at the Mudeo del Baile Flamenco


Visit and Sketching at Metropol Parasol-here our first boards of the semester were drawn in teams of 2
Free afternoon

From standing in the very center of Madrid to sketching at the Mezquita de Cordoba to the flamenco show to sketching at the Catedral de Seville, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that this was a truly memorable and educational trip.  It's experiences like these that make us realize why we chose to study abroad and just how lucky we all are to be doing so.  It may have been an exhausting week, but we saw and learned so much that the experience was once that will stay with us for years to come.
I mean, I'd say we look pretty happy!

(Ans there wil be more photos to come in the near future!)