Programs by Major: Architecture + Dialogue of Civilizations


China: Chinese Culture and Architecture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Beijing, China

Faculty Leader: Shuishan Yu (sh.yu@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer 1

Courses:

  • ARCH4850 Urban and Architectural History Abroad - China
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History

Program Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the colorful art world of China. They will be introduced to the various historical sites with great significance in the development of Chinese urbanism, architecture, and arts, being it in a city, a village, a temple, or a sacred mountain. They will study Chinese art and architecture first hand while exploring a variety of cultural and ethnic regions in China, developing a solid and comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture through the direct observation of its urban and artistic expressions. Students will also participate in a cultural and professional dialogue with architects in Beijing and Shanghai, artists in Quanzhou, musicians in Nantong, and students from the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University. Written work and group projects will compare China and the U.S. on topics of urbanization, architectural practice, artistic expressions, and historical preservation and interpretation.

 

The four-week long program will be divided into two parts. During the first two and half weeks, students will use Peking University as the base, attending lectures and workshops while exploring China’s most important cultural, political, and economic center and its vicinities, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palaces. Weekend excursions can bring students to the nearby cities such as Tianjin and Chengde. During the last 10 days, students will be on a comprehensive tour visiting other significant sites in Chinese art, architectural, and urban histories, including the significant Silk Road city Yinchuan in the culturally mixed Ningxia province in the Northwest, the port city and the beginning of the Maritime Silk Road Quanzhou in Fujian province in the Southeast, the Modern cosmopolitan Shanghai, the typical Jiangnan water towns, and a variety of historic religious sites.