Merry Christmas to all our friends and partners!
As we have just celebrated the closing of a successful semester with our students here in Bonn (more info and pictures here), it is now time to look forward and enjoy a less busy and quiet time over Christmas to relax and refuel for a new year.
This contemplative season is also the perfect time to remember all our friends and partners and we hope that you also will be able to enjoy some peace and quiet to recharge as well.
We wish all of you a merry Holiday season and a very happy New Year!
We hope 2018 will be a successful year for all of you and
hopefully, it will lead you to Good Ol' Germany! We certainly would be happy to welcome you!
In the spirit of Christmas and the Season of Giving - we would also like to announce the founding of the "Support for International Education"-Foundation which has been established this year and is now ready to benefit many new study-abroad students! The application documents will be available here shortly.
Merry Christmas and a happy and successful year 2018!
AIB End of Semester Events
A lot has been happening at AIB in the last couple of days as the semester is coming to a close.
On Friday, the Texas A&M Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning and the Penn State Landscape Architecture students opened up their joint exhibit and the Windeckbunker Pavilion in Bonn. The students are showcasing their semester projects and presenting their ideas on how to redesign the area left and right of the 3.94km long railway corridor between Bonn Central Station and the northern city limits.
The Loyola Marymount Engineering students are also presenting their work in the same space. Their exhibit – in collaboration with the Loyola Marymount Film students - shows how visual geometry brings historical photos to life.
On Sunday, the Loyola Marymount Business, Arts, and Communication students, together with some of the LMU Engineering students have organized a farewell church service to reflect upon the last months. The service included musical pieces, readings, and reflections and was a great way to look back on the past semester. Art pieces by the Visual Thinking class were also presented to the public at the church.
The Loyola Marymount Film students also had their moment to shine on Sunday. They had already presented their documentaries to friends and family on Friday and Saturday. An international jury then picked the Top 5 movies which were shown on the big screen at the RexKinoBonn on Sunday! As they didn’t know before which docs would make it onto the big screen, it was an exciting night for them and a great opportunity to show their projects to AIB host families, staff, faculty, other students and friends of the AIB!
Afterwards, all students and host families were then invited to celebrate the end of this successful semester and to bid the students and faculty farewell at Fiddlers Pub!
We would like to thank our students for putting in all the hard work and many late nights to finish projects – our host families for giving students a home away from home – our faculty and teachers for their input and expertise – and everybody else who was involved in one way or another – for making this semester a successful and great experience for all!
We wish all safe travels home and a happy holiday season!
For more pictures, please see our Facebook Page here!
The semester abroad is coming to a close for all of our Fall students soon!
As a result, this is also the time for them to show what they have been working on this whole semester!
There are two exhibits coming up!
The Penn State Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M Landscape Architecture&Urban Planning as well as the Loyola Marymount Engineering students will showcase their work form December 8 til December 15 at a public pavillion.
The Loyola Marymount Business, Arts and Communication students together with the Loyola Marymount Engineering students have organized a Farewell Chuch Service which will take place on Sunday, December 10 right before the Loyola Marymount Film students show their docs.
For more information and exact dates, please see the pictures below!
We look forward to all presentations which will be a great end to a great semester!
Auch in diesem Jahr lädt die Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) wieder zum 8. BONNER KURZFILMFEST ein.
Eine Auswahl der besten Dokumentarfilme ihrer FilmstudentInnen aus Los Angeles wird präsentiert. 13 Filme wurden produziert, aber nur die besten sechs Filme schaffen es am 10.12.2017 auf die große Leinwand des Rex-Kinos in Bonn-Endenich! Die Vorauswahl wird durch eine erfahrene Jury aus internationalen Filmexperten getroffen.
Die Karten sind kostenlos. Einlass nur bei Vorlegen einer Eintrittskarte in ausgedruckter Form ab 17:45 Uhr. Hier geht es zur Ticketreservierung!
From 17-20 th October the Texas A&M and Penn State University Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning students visited Germany’s eclectic capital Berlin.
Blessed with sunny fall weather, the excursion started with a bike tour through the city center, visiting some historic sites such as Museumsinsel, Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor and the Holocaust memorial. The day ended with a delicious morrocan dinner at restaurant Kasbah.
The next day both programs were guided by Christian Hajer through “Berlins Block” visiting hidden backyards and Potsdamer Platz- the most striking example of urban renewal.
On day three, the landscape architects visited the 18 hectare large park “Natur Park Südgelände”. The park is characterized by the combination of decaying railway installations, nature conservation and new art objects.
The tour went on to the Park at Gleisdreieck. The railway area around the traffic junction at Gleisdreieck became a wasteland at the end of the Second World War, and developed a rich diversity of vegetation almost unnoticed.
A citizens’ group was formed with the aim of ensuring a permanent existence for this unhoped-for refuge reclaimed by flora and fauna surrounded by dense redevelopment, and in the end they were successful. Many proposals and criticisms by residents were integrated into the planning process, which was notable for the strong public involvement. The park has been awarded the German Landscape Architecture Prize 2015 for produces outstanding quality in design and construction through to property and detailed planning.
While the landscape architects explored Berlin’s green areas, the urban planners went on a tour through Teepeeland, Holzmarkt and Spreefeld Berlin. The teepeeland is a small community living in teepees that are set up right at the river Spree at Köpenicker Straße. Their project is multicultural and organized as grassroots democracy. The community’s goal is to live in a harmonic relationship with nature, and at the same time offer free cultural entertainment for everybody. The Holzmarkt was advertised as a “village within a city” when it was opened to the public in early 2017. It was created by a cooperative network of inhabitants of Berlin who wanted to develop the open space at the river as a new center of urban living. Located at the Spree riverside in between Kreuzberg and Mitte, Spreefeld Berlin is a project for community living and working in the city center of Berlin. The Spreefeld Berlin consists of three buildings with a total of 6000-8000 square metre living and usable floor space, mainly for living use, but also with rooms for commercial, public and various internal use.
The last day was spent at the UFA Fabrik, the most successful project with respect to locally integrated development to emerge out of the experimental West Berlin alternative culture. The residential community of about 30- and altogether about 150 co-workers, manages an ever increasing range of cultural, social and ecological projects. The UFA residents Werner and Marco demonstrated UFA’s co-generation systems and renewable energy production, including one of Berlin’s largest solar energy systems, local re-use of rainwater and greening of buildings.