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PIIRS Global Seminar Italy 2019
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: PIIRS Program Type: Study Abroad (summer)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2 First year Ugrad, 2nd year u/g students, 3 Sophomore, 3rd year u/g students, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Program Group: PIIRS
Program Description:
Program Description:
Italy GS    
Two Millennia of Structural Architecture in Italy
Rome, Italy
July 1 - August 9, 2019

directed by

Maria Garlock, professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the Program in Architecture and Engineering
Branko Glisic, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering
Sigrid Adriaenssens, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering

The aim of this seminar is to track and understand the structural and architectural engineering leadership of Italy in the context of social-political-economic circumstances.

The seminar studies various structures of Italy in three distinct time frames. The first part of the course explores creativity in structural and architectural engineering
during the classical and medieval period. It identifies particularities relative to the analysis of ancient structures, including construction materials, construction techniques, structural elements (column, arch, wall, and shell), and architectural forms (bridge, building, and dome). The second part of the seminar is based on vaulted reinforced concrete structures of the 1900s. The works of Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi are contrasted to those of Spanish engineer Felix Candela. The third part of the seminar brings us to modern times of lightweight structures and advanced technologies. It traces the relationship between innovative design and construction technology, and the evolution of tent structures ranging from the sun sails over the Roman theatres to the apparently freeform bridges of the Italian engineer Sergio Musmesci.

In all parts of the seminar, calculations are made to examine structural integrity, construction methods are discussed, and an evaluation of elegance is made. The seminar places the engineering aspect of each design within the socio-economic context of Italy at the time of its construction. In addition to Rome, students will visit Florence and other relevant cities.

This seminar fulfills the science and technology (STN) general education requirement.

“Two Millennia of Structural Architecture in Italy” is generously supported by the Beth M. Siskind Global Seminars Fund.

Program Fee: Global Seminars range in price from $6,000-8,000. PIIRS provides generous funding to students admitted to the Global Seminars who receive term financial aid. Possibilities for additional financial support may be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Princeton Subsidized Student Loans, available from the Office of Financial Aid, are also highly recommended over charging costs to a credit card. Please consult Financing Options for Students and Parents 2018-19, specifically pages 1–2 and Table 3, and contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information

Faculty Director
Maria Garlock

Seminar Manager
Nikki Woolward

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This includes, but may not be limited to:
  • Account and billing information 
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/14/2018
02/15/2019 07/01/2019 08/09/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.