Architecture is by definition 3-dimensional and site specific, experiencing it first-hand is a must. Through this course, students learn about the history of Britain's abundant architectural traditions, while at the same time address issues such as the preservation and presentation of an architectural heritage, infrastructure, transportation, adaptive re-use, ecological concerns and other topics related to urban planning and architectural practice.
NYU Urban Design in London is a summer study program intended for undergraduate students interested in a career in architecture, architectural history, art history, urban planning, or architectural preservation. This is an intensive course: students fully engage in class every day all day for three weeks. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. The course includes visits to numerous architecturally significant sites and buildings.
Field trips include visits to a wide array of building types - from Oxford University to country houses to Westminster Abbey, to name a few - that serve residential, governmental, clubs and religious purposes. Below is the Urban Design in London 2009 excursion itinerary to give students an idea of what the 2010 itinerary might be:
Day 1: Boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich. Then a walk under the river and a return trip via the new light rail.
Day 2: Stonehenge, Bath and Stourhead (BUS).
Day 3: Museum of London. Walk through the City of London to St Paul's, the Barbican, Lloyd's Mansion House Square, The Bank of England.
Day 4: Ham House, Syon, Chiswick (BUS).
Day 5: Westminster Abbey, Parliament, The Whitehall, St Martin's in the Fields, Pall Mall.
Day 6: Victoria and Albert Museum Decorative Arts Collection and Leighton House.
Day 7: New Museums and Museum Additions. The Tate Modern, National Gallery, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery.
Day 8: Brighton.
Day 9: Thamesmead, Crossness Pumping Station and beam engines, Penshurst Place.
Day 10: Railroad Stations and Kew - Great iron buildings.
Day 11: The Soane Museum, Sommerset House, The Law Courts, The Embankment and St. Clement Dane.
Day 12: Oxford and Blenheim.
Day 13: New aspects of the City. Canary Wharf, the new tube stations, Thames Barrier.
Day 14: Multiple dwelling units. Streatham Street worker's housing, Pimlico, Greater London County Council housing units.
Day 15: To be announced.