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Happy Season's Greetings from all Staff and Faculty at AIB!

Author

AIB Team

Date

2019-12-19

End of Fall semester activities at AIB

End of Fall semester activities at AIB

Liebe Gastfamilien, Liebe Freunde, Liebe Kooperationspartner der AIB,

die Akademie für Internationale Bildung blickt auf ein ereignisreiches Herbstsemester 2019 zurück.

Gemeinsam mit Ihnen und unseren US-amerikanischen Studenten*innen möchten wir das Semester ausklingen lassen und laden herzlich zu unseren Abschlussveranstaltungen im Dezember ein:

Filmprogramm, Loyola Marymount Universität

FAMILY & FRIENDS SCREENING – 12.12.2019
Die AIB wird zum Kino! Freuen Sie sich auf einen bunten Filmabend in der AIB: Aufgeteilt auf zwei „Kino“säle werden 21 dokumentarische Kurzfilme gezeigt, welche unsere 21 Filmstudierenden aus Los Angeles während ihrer Zeit in Bonn eigenständig produziert haben.
Für weitere Informationen und Teilnahme wenden Sie sich an: liedhegener@aib-studyabroad.org

KINO PREMIERE IM REX-LICHTSPIELTHEATER – 13.12.2019
Die von einer Jury ausgewählten, sechs besten dokumentarischen Kurzfilme feiern an diesem Tag ihre Premiere im Rex-Kino in Endenich.
Für weitere Informationen und Teilnahme wenden Sie sich an: liedhegener@aib-studyabroad.org

Landschaftsarchitekturprogramm, Penn State Universität

PROJEKTAUSSTELLUNG IN DER VOLKSHOCHSCHULE BONN - 6.-10.12.2019 
Die Studierenden der Penn State Universität haben sich dieses Semester in Kooperation mit dem Stadtplanungsbüro der Stadt Bonn mit dem Bad Godesberger Stadtzentrum beschäftigt: Unter dem Fokus „Bad Godesberg als Ort der Identifikation und Transformation“ sind spannende und abwechslungsreiche Projekte aus landschaftsarchitekturspezifischer, stadtplanerischer und kultureller Perspektive entstanden.
Es besteht die Möglichkeit zur Einsicht der Planungsentwürfe zu den Öffnungszeiten der Volkshochschule.
Uhrzeit: Mo-Fr 8:30 – 13 Uhr, Mo-Do 14 – 16 Uhr
Ausstellungsort: Foyer der Volkshochschule Bonn, Am Michaelshof 2, 53117 Bonn
Eintritt: Kostenlos
Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich an: wuebbelt@aib-studyabroad.org

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Author

AIB Team

Date

2019-12-02

LMU BAC and LMU Engineering explore three countries in six days

LMU BAC and LMU Engineering explore three countries in six days

The Loyola Marymount University Business, Arts, and Communication and the Engineering program embarked on an exciting excursion spanning three countries in six days

They first traveled to the Netherlands, where they visited the Deltapark Neeltje Jans Storm Surge Barrier. Bravng the rain, they learned hands-on abbout the importance of protection from storm surges for a region of the country that is largely located below sea level. Afterwards, the students traveled to Bruges, Belgium. Getting to know the city on bikes was one of the highlights here. 


Next on the itinerary was Paris, France. Of course, visiting the Louvre and Versailles were on top of everyon's list! But academics didn't fall short either! A visit to the International Energy Agency where various topics such as sustainable production of energy and the digitalization of energy were discussed is just one example.


Here is what student Quinn M. said about the excursion and especially Paris: 
"The excursion to Paris was really fun and informative. While walking the streets of Paris we learned about both the history of the city and some of its current political and social issues. We rode to the top of the Eiffel Tower, walked the steps of the Sacre Couer and ate our weigh in French pastries. We got to explore the halls of Versailles and even got to have a picnic in the garden. On our final night in Paris we joined our tour guide, Julian, for a traditional French meal and talked about our favorite parts of the trip."

 

Author

Quinn M./AIB Team

Date

2019-11-20

Texas A&M Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning program visit the Netherlands

Texas A&M Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning program visit the Netherlands

The Texas A&M Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning program hopped on a bus and traveled to the Netherlands visiting the cities of Rotterdam, Den Haag, and Leiden. 

Read here what our student, Lexi B. had to say about the excursion: 

Howdy, everyone!
My name is Lexi B. and I am a senior Landscape Architecture major at Texas A&M University. Our program recently visited the Netherlands and it was my favorite excursion with AIB. It was my second time in the Netherlands and it felt great to be back. We went on a boat ride through the Kinderdijk and it was such a neat experience to get to see the windmills up close and learn how the Dutch people mastered the elements with the minimum technologies they had available in the 1700s. We then made our way to one of the most amazing structures in existence, the Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier. This was something I was lucky enough to tour on my previous trip, seeing it a second time was still as great as the first. The Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier is an engineering and design marvel that protects the Zuid-Holland region which has over 3 million inhabitants. That night we stayed in Rotterdam, my favorite city in Europe.

The next morning some friends and I explored Rotterdam. We went to the Cube Houses, visited the market, and had lunch at the famous Market Hall. That afternoon the landscape architects went on a water management tour (I know, sounds fun right?) of Rotterdam. This tour focused on small scale ways the city was implementing water management into the urban fabric. The first stop was at the Benthemplein Watersquare. This, now multifunctional, space was once a drab concrete plaza that was underutilized by the surrounding building tenants. It now has three detention basins that collect the stormwater from the surrounding rooftops. The basins can be used for performances, playing soccer or basketball, and skateboarding when they are empty. We then saw a small rain garden that uses the collected water to irrigate the pants within. The tanks can be controlled by an app that allows a user to see how full the tanks are and if they need to be emptied. Our next stop was at a roof garden in the center of downtown. The garden grows vegetables used by the café. It also has an experimental green roof portion to test which material is best for the type of water collection an owner may be looking for. The last stop was at the largest of all the projects, Dakpark. Dakpark is a 1200m (about ¾ of a mile) long park that acts as a rooftop for big box stores and protects the residents of the Delfshaven from flooding.

On our third day, we traveled to Den Haag where we explored the landscaping of the Museum Voorlinden. The majority of the property is designed in the style of an English landscape garden with large open fields. The design around the museum was done by renowned landscape architecture Piet Oudolf. Piet Oudolf is most interested in the life cycle of plants, so his planting plans are full of perennials. The level of detail he puts into his planting plans are simply stunning. We spoke with the main groundskeeper who said they had over 20,000 plants they were maintaining in his design alone. Inside the museum was just as beautiful. I got to see my 3rd (!!!)Yayoi Kusama infinity room and stand inside the bowl of a swimming pool with a glass roof topped with rippling water. We wrapped up our day by traveling to the small university town of Leiden.

Our last morning in the Netherlands was spent on a tour of the beautiful Hortus Botanicus. This botanical garden is the oldest in the Netherlands. It began in the 1500s and was originally used to grow medicinal herbs. From the 1600s onward the garden was expanded to include tropical plants, a Japanese Garden, and has two glasshouses. The entrance to Hortus Botanicus is through one of these glasshouses. It is a four-story structure that is completely open. It houses a Wollemi Pine- a tree that was once thought to be extinct, desert plants with multiple spices of cacti and other angry-looking plants, and a huge collection of carnivorous plants. If you’re ever in the Netherlands I highly recommend giving this place a visit. I hope you enjoyed hearing about our trip! Keep exploring and don’t forget to be kind to the Earth. Thanks and GIG ‘EM!

 

Author

Lexi B./AIB Team

Date

2019-11-14

AIB student from Texas A&M talks to Deutsche Welle about climate change

AIB student from Texas A&M talks to Deutsche Welle about climate change

Jeff A., Texas A&M Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning student, had the opportunity to talk to two reporters from Deutsche Welle about climate change and climate change activism in Germany and the US.

Deutsche Welle is one of Germany’s largest news producers and international broadcasters located here in Bonn. Their podcast ‘WorldLink’ focuses on “personal insight from those whose lives are impacted by global events”. Since climate change and the ‘Greta Thunberg’ effect have been hotly debated in Germany, they were looking for an American perspective on this as the movement goes global. Jeff gave them special insight into how he thinks the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement, widely popular in Europe, is taking off in the US and talked further about how he feels about climate change and the measures he’s taking to stop it.  

To listen to what else Jeff had to say, check out the podcast here

Thanks to Jeff for giving us his perspective and thanks to Deutsche Welle reporters, Gabriel and Neil, for giving our students the opportunity to talk to them!

Author

AIB Team

Date

2019-09-12
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