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IIP-Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture(Bridge to China)
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:

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Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA) (Bridge to China)/ On-earth Architecture
Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA) is the only university for architecture in Beijing. BUCEA is hosting a new base for Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation (Bridge to China). The base is named the Research and Development Base of Earth Architecture and aims to develop a platform for research, demonstration, training and education in earth architecture. Under the background, authorized by MOHURD (the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction of China), with technical support from CRATerre-ENSAG (the International Centre of Earth Architecture, in France) and UNESCO, and with financial support from WZQ (Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation, in Hong Kong), BUCEA/On-earth Architecture has been responsible for a series of demonstrative research projects in rural construction. Based on locally available resources and upgraded traditional technology (especially earth-based technology), their team aims to demonstrate and convey an affordable, ecological, sustainable, healthy and humane way of eco-dwelling construction, which local villagers could take, own and pass on.

Intern responsibilities: IIP interns will contribute to areas of investigation, design study, experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision, so as to explore and demonstrate a suitable way towards ecological architecture suitable for China's poor rural regions and learn how to design and construct with nature.
IIP interns will work on one or both of the following projects:
  • Extension construction workshop for Macha village center project in Huining County, Gansu Province.
    It is a charitable and demonstrative research project for utilization of advanced rammed earth in rural construction, and got authorized by Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development of China, financially supported by Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation. The main building structure has been constructed by 50 volunteers and villagers in summer 2016. The dormitory part for trainers’ living is going to be designed and built via a workshop cooperated between BUCEA and Hong Kong University in summer 2018. More detailed facilities, decoration and landscape will also be competed. Around 40 volunteers from universities of mainland China, Hong Kong and overseas will participate the on-site work in summer 2015. The IIP intern could participate a series of actions, such as investigation, design, construction experiments, field construction and technical on-site supervision for left work.
  • The Research and Development Base of Earth Architecture, Beijing, China
    Supported by Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development of China, a research and development center is going to be design and built to meet demands of their team for research, demonstration, training and education in earth architecture. The proposed site is located in a village with a 1.5 hour’s drive from Beijing City. Their team works as both the client and designer. The master planning was just launched and is proposed to be completed in May 2018. Therefore, the IIP interns are welcome to participate the whole process of design for building components.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in architecture, ecological architecture, earth architecture, urban planning, landscape, civil engineering timber structure and hands-on work are encouraged to apply. Since the earth-based technology is easy to handle, IIP interns can participate not only in the design scheme, construction experiments, and on-site design during construction, but also parts of construction work. Skills in design would be an asset. Basic Mandarin or French would also be an asset.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/11/2017 02/28/2018 TBA TBA