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UF in East Asia - Architecture
Various, East Asia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 03/15/2018
03/15/2018 05/09/2018 06/02/2018

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Fact Sheet:
Graduate, Undergraduate Program Advisor: Anuja Parikh
Type of Credit:
UF GPA Program Type: UF Sponsored
Design, Construction and Planning Field of Study: Architecture
Program Description:

Program Dates 2017
Study Abroad Dates:  May 24 - June 22
Research Preparation in Gainesville: May 1 - May 5
Submission of Research Paper, Sketch Books and Portfolio: July 31
CityLab students will be charged $110 per credit hour in addition to the program fee.
Applications will close on TBA.

"Better to travel 1000 miles than to read 10,000 books."
                                                                        -Old Chinese proverb

This is a 6-week traveling research seminar that studies several East Asian megacities and their current status, while offering the opportunity to speculate on future development strategies. The principal cities in question include Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Through the introduction of texts, case studies, and physically traveling to the aforementioned locations, students gain an understanding of the underlying forces driving and affecting urban development in the contemporary East Asian megacity. While these cities are in varying stages of historical development, each has gone through modernization and growth periods recently or is in the process of doing so, as well as going through boom/bust cycles. Some have past colonial influences, or is/was a former governmental seat of power. The principal questions posed through the course include: is there a distinctive form to urbanization in the region, or simply satisfying demands for rapid urban expansion through modernist principles and universally available building methods? What common problems, opportunities, and challenges faced that are particular to the region, and how might they differ from other parts of the world? The class will look at relevant social, political, and economic forces as well as forms of planning administration that shape and form the prevalent patterns of urbanization across a variety of scales including district, block, typology, and also traditional forms of settlement.
In addition to travel documentation, research observations and writings, a design charrette component is required as part of a design project proposal. Throughout the course, the development and eventual completion of a final paper with a topic of the student's choosing is required; individual research interests and topics will be encouraged as fitting to one's course of study and proficiencies.
A faculty member who has an extensive research and active practice records in East Asia directs the program. With good skills of local languages, rich travel experience and active relationships with architectural academia in East Asia; the faculties offer theoretical and practical guidance throughout the duration of the program. The East Asia program provides an exchange platform for the faculty and students from the University of Florida and the East Asian universities for substantial architectural encounters.
Schedule (35 Days Total)
Gainesville Studio/Seminar (TBA, 5 days)
The course will commence in Gainesville with 5 days of initial lectures, discussions, and research elements intended to familiarize students with the both the broad social, political, and economical contexts of the subject cities, as well as their geographical layouts. In order to deepen their contextual understanding, students will be asked to research and present on topics pertaining to each city in a macro analysis: land use, economy, transportation, demographics. Case study research of recent developmental initiatives and projects will be required to zoom in on issues of development at the urban scale. Issues of sustainability and housing development programs will be compared and contrasted in relation to the socio-political background. Furthermore, each of the subject cities have substantial waterfront landscape development issues that serve as relevant case studies.
Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka (Arrive May 24, Depart June 5; 13 Nights)
Hong Kong (Arrive June 5; Depart June 10; 5 Nights)

After meeting up in Tokyo, we continue our journey to Kyoto, Osaka and Hong Kong. Travel and accommodations will be arranged as a group to subject cities. Walking tours will be given, as well as arranged tours to relevant locations such as cultural landmarks, buildings, office visits, and Urban Planning Authority. Time allocations will be given for independent travel to facilitate individual research and documentation interests.
Singapore (Arrive June 10, Depart June 22, 12 Nights)
Using Singapore as a base of operations, students will give initial strategic input to the design charrette and serve in a consulting role for the remainder of the exercise. This time will be used to further research/document and develop the required final paper, due for submission by the end of July.
Courses Offered:
Undergraduate Design 8/Graduate Advanced-3 Studio (6 credits)
History-Theory Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar (3 credits)

Study Abroad Dates:  May 24 - June 22
Research Preparation in Gainesville: May 1 -5 
2017 Undergraduate program fee: TBA
2017 Graduate program fee: TBA
Deposit: $550*
*A $550 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you may be able to defer payment until it disburses.
CityLab students will be charged $110 per credit hour in addition to the program fee.
Summer A
Travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore. Throughout the joint design program, UF students will be divided into several design groups, mixed with local architectural students. Each group is required to complete the comprehensive design packet for the assigned project. 
Summer B
Based on the travel, design and research experience in Summer A, complete a ten-page, double-spaced research paper by the end of this semester. 
STEP 1 (Deadline December 2016):
Email the following to with the subject heading “EA2017_Application”:
A sentence that explains, “you are committed to join EA2017”.
STEP 2 (Deadline February 2017):
Pay a $550 non-refundable deposit to UFIC
STEP 3 (Deadline February 2017):
Complete UFIC application
Wednesday, January 25, 2017: UFIC Registration Begins; Refer to UFIC Website
Friday, February 3, 2017: Registration Closes
Friday, February 10, 2017: DEADLINE for non-refundable deposit $550
Thursday, February 17, 2017: All registration process concluded
Spring Meetings will be announced via emails to all students who have committed to the program.
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This program is currently not accepting applications.