For Professor Hyra’s second module, I studied the banlieues riots across France in 2005 and the reasons that sparked the nationwide unrest. The combination of high unemployment, poverty, institutional racism, […]
What do you mean the train left early?–
Marseille. What a weekend. This past weekend all 14 of us loaded into a “bus”( I ended up sleeping in the trunk because there was more room to spread out) and headed off to the city of Marseille. In the … Continue reading →
Experiencing Redevelopment in Marseille
Another week has passed and I have traveled and learned about another city in Europe. This time we went to Marseille because we have been discussing social inequality in both the United States and France. One aspect of the second … Continue reading →
So this is what Marseille is…. Really?
In the second module of our sustainable Europe trip, Professor Hyra focused on social equity. We discussed rioting, low income housing and the segregation that tends to be its consequence, and mixed income housing with the good and bad that it creates. After two days of class and a paper, we were fortunate enough to […]
A Quick Look at Marseille and Zurich
After our weekend visit to Bern, our group visited two more cities, Marseille and Zurich, as well as taking an impromptu trip to Nice. On Thursday morning we all loaded into an extremely hot and cramped bus/small van type vehicle to make the 6-hour trip to Marseille. Upon arriving in Marseille, I immediately noticed the …
Working together to create a better tomo...
Throughout this module I have learned about topics that were very new to me. I came into the cube that is sustainability from the viewpoint of an engineer. I could calculate how efficient these clean technologies were and even give some examples of where I think I’ve seen the decoupling ideology or weak and strong […]
End of Module One in Beautiful Bern
Thus far, my trip to Riva San Vitale has been a completely amazing experience. Coming into this summer, I had no clue what to expect from Switzerland, the Villa, the course, and the experience. I could tell I loved Switzerland … Continue reading →
Wisdom Gained from Meetings with Diploma...
Before Module 1, I had a few preconceptions of sustainability that were mainly shaped by my architecture background. These included concepts that were mainly related to sustainability in its relevance to design. Features such as solar power, expansive green space, … Continue reading →
Turning Tables, a More Engaging Learning...
Last week at the villa, we spent a few days learning about sustainable development in its different forms. I quickly realized, as Ralph pointed out, that the subject contains within it a collection of subthemes, some of which are very … Continue reading →
Bern, land of the bears
For my first big trip out of the villa all of us went to Bern, Switzerland, the capital. According to legend, the name comes from the first animal that was hunted in the area and to this day there is … Continue reading →