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“In all sincerity, participating in the CIAO program was one of the most profound experiences I’ve had in my young life.”  -Brendan, Stoneybrook, NY

offered by the international
Center for Sustainable Urbanism
via Giuseppe Verdi 1, Sant’Angelo in Pontano, Italy
July 2-23,  Summer 2016


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Using Rome as a living laboratory students explore architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning studying the city’s morphology from the time of the Caesars to the modern MAXXI museum by world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. The goal of this immersion is to imbue in these future designers and builders the understanding of sustainable development, material use and re-use and the holistic approach to the built environment.


To explore the built environment from a holistic perspective through site visits, seminars and a design assignment.  Graduates of this program have been accepted into top undergraduate architecture programs.
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Several field trips to Rome initiate learning about the urban response from ancient times to modern times including recent works by world renowned architects Zaha Hadid and Renzo Piano.  Visits will also be made to the offices of area architects to learn about the profession.

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The Center’s holistic approach to the built environment includes an exploration into the region’s landscape and topography as well as that of the historically significant garden designs of the 15th and 16th centuries.

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From ancient aqueducts to modern mass transit, from ancient baths to modern sports arenas, students will study urban design from Pope Sixtus V to current times.



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