Design and Construction Integration in Barcelona

Design and Construction Integration Barcelona, Spain

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The Barcelona Design and Construction Integration study abroad program is planned for May 5th through May 14th, 2019.  The focus will be on better understanding the process of how designers and constructors communicate and work together in the in the built environment. Undergraduate students from the School of Construction Management Technology (SCMT) are the primary target group but students from all Purdue disciplines will be encouraged to attend. Because the environmental, physical, and emotional impacts resulting from the built environment are shared by all, this global impact subject supports a broad range of student interests. In addition, Barcelona is well known for innovative building design that spans history from Roman times through modern day construction. The opportunity to visit many of these landmark structures and discuss their influence on society will be interesting to students in a variety of educational programs. SCMT students will be eligible to use the Barcelona study abroad experience to fulfill the Global Experience course requirement of their plan of study.

A Barcelona summer study abroad course will be offered for three Purdue University credits. The teaching and learning component of the experience will begin early in the spring semester with two or three face to face meetings when all participating students will join in cultural openness/curiosity exercises to help create a cohesive group of participants and to orient the group to some of the
significant cultural and political issues that have influenced the Catalan region where Barcelona is located. During their time in Spain, participating students will spend a day working on a design activity in campus studios with students from the metropolitan architecture program of the University of Barcelona Polytechnic (ETSAV at UPC). ETSAV is located in an outlying area which is a 20 minute train ride from the UPC main campus. Here students will experience campus life in a small community. The Purdue student group will spend the balance of their time in the Eixample residential area of Barcelona proper. While staying in apartment/hotel accommodations in Eixample, they will travel a short distance by public transportation to visit historic and significant examples of built environment projects that span from Roman settlements of Barcelona to the innovative modern architecture of today, for which Barcelona is well known. Accommodations will be selected to be representative of the walkable communities of Barcelona with easy access to a variety of restaurants, shopping, grocers, various services, and medical care if needed. Because meals will not be provided by the program, the apartment/hotel accommodations allow participants to choose a variety of restaurants or to prepare their meals themselves. The anticipated cost of the program for the students is approximately $1,800 not including airfare.


Preliminary Itinerary

Sunday, May 5th

          Travel to Barcelona

Monday, May 6th

           Barcelona - short day to adjust to jet lag

Tuesday, May 7th

          Sant Cugat

          Day at ETSAV campus Sant Cugat del Valles campus (optional construction site visit if available)

Wednesday, May 8th


          Gothic Quarter (Cathedral Rooftop visit)

          La Rambla (Placa Reial)

Thursday, May 9th


          Gaudi building field trip - Sagrada Familia, Casa Batilo, and La Pedrera

Friday, May 10th


          Day at Beach (subject to change based on weather)

Saturday, May 11th


          Montjuic and Camp Nou FC Barcelona Football Stadium

Sunday, May 12th


          Mount Tibidabo Cathedral

Monday, May 13th


          Free day for students (possible additional interaction with host students)

Tuesday, May 14th

          Travel back to States


Contact program leader Bryan Hubbard via email with your questions.

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Department Location Duration Professor
Aviation and Transportation Technology
Computer and Information Technology
Computer Graphics Technology
Construction Management Technology
Engineering Technology
Technology Leadership & Innovation
Spain Maymester Bryan Hubbard