The AIB summer programs are in full swing with some students already headed back home. However, a few programs are still on their summer study abroad adventure. The Texas A&M University Sustainable Communities program spent two days in Rotterdam to learn about green and sustainable practices.
This is how student Kyle M. describes the excursion:
“My trip to Rotterdam was just another great learning opportunity on this amazing month-long journey. Rotterdam’s skyline architecture, sustainability practices, and resilience measures are something like I haven’t seen before. From the simplest hostel to the twisting high rises, their design is something unique and beautiful. Green roofs and permeable surfaces scatter the landscape for rainwater capture, and bike lanes litter the landscape for a source of clean transportation. Finally, The Maeslant Barrier and other flood prevention actions like it can only be described as highly innovative and otherworldly in scale. Even the city itself and its people seemed very friendly and inviting with old town main streets that will remind anyone of home. Rotterdam has chosen to lead the way on these fronts and are a model for others to follow. There, the future is priority and that can be seen every single day. Whether it’s the social consciousness of its people or actions carried out by the city itself it’s apparent that longevity is the mission. Going green is just their tool.
Opportunities to see these sorts of places do not come often, and I’m beyond thankful for a university who partners with such an extraordinary program to give us these opportunities. Taking back what I’ve learned in my time here is a life-changing experience, and I can’t wait to share my newfound knowledge back home!”
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It is an extraordinary art installation: Hundreds of smiling Ludwig van Beethoven statues in green and gold fill Bonn’s Münsterplatz right now.
The artist Ottmar Hörl went against Beethoven’s trademark look of unhappiness and gave him a Mona Lisa smile, which we can appreciate!
By now more than 1000 of the statues have been sold already. The installation will be removed on June 2, so the AIB Ludwig will arrive some time in summer.
Read the full GA-Article about the art project here.
Hard to believe, but true: The Spring Term 2019 has come to an end and our students left last week after some happy/sad/emotional farewell events. Thank you to all our spring students for a great term and we hope to see you again!
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On the past weekend our 20 LMU Theater students performed their interpretation of Wedekind’s Spring Awakening in front of an enthusiastic audience. Their professor Neno Pervan describes it as follows: “Spring Awakening tells the story we all lived once in our lifetimes. It is exciting, disturbing, passionate, funny and, unfortunately, sometimes tragic, as only teenage years can be. It is a timeless piece that every culture, region, country, city and village in the world recognizes as their own. Because, as I said, we were all there once...
Our young cast is extremely proud to present their understanding of Mr. Wedekind’s masterpiece play today, more than 120 years after it was written. We could not be happier but to present it in the country where it was conceived, beautiful Germany. We have no words to thank all the endless people from AIB and our host city of Bonn who helped us create it. We certainly hope you’ll enjoy it.”
And we did! Thank you very much for your hard work, we are very proud of everyone who was a part of this unique production.
Last week, the Texas A&M Visualization students presented their semester works in a design showcase at AIB. The main focus of the exhibit were the semester projects on the topic ‘Design for the Mind’, following the question: How can design address the needs for those living with dementia? Over the last four months, students also worked on several different assignments such as designing their own Google Doodles, creating short character animations using the Hombre McSteez technique, and programming their own short computer games.
We would like to thank all those who came out to the exhibit and supported the VIZ students!