With spring in full swing and clear blue skies, PSU Landscape Architecture students made their way to the Ruhrgebiet (or: the „Ruhrpott“, as it‘s lovingly called by locals), once Germany’s largest industrial area. Today, the Ruhrgebiet‘s enormous coal plants and steal structures are still standing, and are slowly but surely being repurposed as cultural hubs for both education and everyday life in the Ruhr area. Our students were inspired by the way architects have respectfully combined the old and the new in the Landschaftspark in Duisburg and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein in Essen, and are now returning to their projects with a new perspective.
For the last week of March, The Loyola Marymount University Science program traveled to the city of lights and were received by beautiful, clear skies and warm spring air. On the first afternoon in Paris, the students visited the Louvre and experienced a unique tour focused on the presence of medicine, disease, and death in art. With insights into the health conditions of the subjects of some of the world’s most famous paintings, tour guide Julien gave a unique tour focused on the program’s area of study. After leaving the museum, the group was greeted by the sun casting golden light across all the city’s landmarks from the Arc De Triomphe to Notre Dame. For dinner on their first night in Paris, the students were taken to a Creperie where they had a taste of authentic cuisine from Brittany in the form of Galettes, Dry Cider, and Sweet Crepes. The next several days were filled with sightseeing, walking tours, and fantastic French food. The students experienced a taste of the Parisian lifestyle as they shopped in the Galeries Lafayette and drank sweet tea in a Moroccan Lounge. The group’s visit to Versailles encompassed a picnic in the garden as well as a leisurely walk to and through the Queen’s Hamlet. As their time in the city of love came to an end, the group began their journey towards Amsterdam.
The afternoon of their arrival, the students were taken on a tour through the heart of the city. The following day began with the group heading towards De Ceuval, a project based on innovation, experimentation, and sustainability. With a tour given by one of its founding members, the students were given insight into how they could bring some of the principals of the project back to their lives and communities in the US. The tour was ended with an organic, vegan lunch at the Café in De Ceuval and was enjoyed outside in the spring sunshine. This marked the end of the organized excursion, but only the beginning of many of the students’ time in Amsterdam. The majority of the group chose to stay in the city for the next two days, filling their hours with Museum Visits, Bike Tours, and Cheese Tasting. Highlights of some students’ weekend include visiting the Van Gogh museum, the Anne Frank House, riding bikes through the Dutch country side, and viewing an art gallery showing of the work of Mark Ryden. As the second and final week long excursion for the program, the semester is beginning to wind down to an end, but the enjoyment of travel, experience, and life abroad continues.
We left for France way too early [in the] morning, and embarked on our excursion for the next 5 days. Our first stop was Colmar, so several quick hours and slumped-Marcus pics later, we arrived in the beautiful capital of Alsatian wine. I didn't actually have time to try any wine, or do much else, but the city itself was very nice and quaint, and the weather was perfect. After lunch, we visited the Unterlinden museum, and saw the Isenheim altarpiece. I'm a sucker for old/significant art, so it was pretty cool to see it and recognize the medical aspects we've learned about. After the museum, it was back to the bus and back to sleep as we drove to Beaune. We arrived at night, so I enjoyed some good escargot and burgundy wine for dinner. The next day was essentially another travel day, but before we left Beaune we checked out the Hotel Dieu, another interesting facet of medical history in Europe. Also in Hotel Dieu was another famous altarpiece, depicting the last judgement. Hotel Dieu was very interesting in concept, serving as a hospital for the poor. Afterwards was a long bus ride to Paris, where we would spend Thursday-Monday. Paris was everything I imagined and much more. I could have easily spent another week there visiting different museums and gardens, but what I did get to see was perfect. Paris and France were a dream, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Text by: Marcus R.
The past weekend couldn’t have provided us with better weather: The conditions were perfect for doing some volunteer outdoor work and participating in a marathon, which our AIB Spring 2019 students did with motivation, joy, and enthusiasm.
On Saturday morning we met at AIB, got some breakfast, split up in smaller groups, and headed out into seven different projects: This year we partnered up with the primary school OGS Servatiusschule, the day nursery Kita Wundertüte, the grüne Spielstadt Dransdorf of the Wissenschaftsladen, the retirement home Haus am Redoutenpark, the garden of Naturinsel Pennenfeld, the Naturfreunde Bonn, and the day nursery Kita Eifelstraße. Roughly 80 students worked together with our partners in gardening, painting, and renovating projects, doing good for social institutions and giving back to the communities they live in during their time abroad.
A big thank you goes out to all our partners this year, who are lovely people and made sure our students were provided with everything they needed during the day. The newspaper General Anzeiger also visited one of the projects, you can check out the article below.
If you are more of a visual type, please visit our YouTube channel and enjoy some impressions from the day.
On Sunday the great challenge and atmosphere attracted more than 10.000 people from all over the world to participate in the Bonn Marathon run. Seven AIB relay teams, eleven half-marathon and two marathon runners took the opportunity to be part of this unique event. Thousands of spectators came out on this sunny day to support and cheer for the runners. Aside from all the fun and in the light of the marathon as a part of the AIB Charity Weekend the students were also able to collect donations for the Marol Academy in South Sudan.
The Texas A&M Visualization students jumped on a train last Friday for a day-trip to Amsterdam. On arrival in Amsterdam, the students were greeted by warm spring temperatures inviting them to a sunny lunch along the Damrak. Fortified by the food, the group headed out for the Van Gogh Museum where everyone got the chance to roam through the museum at their own pace.
Undoubtedly though, the highlight of the day trip was the visit of the creative production studio ‘Ambassadors’. This is Sara W.’s account of the studio visit: “Asking questions about software specifics and current animation practices from industry professionals is always helpful to animation students, especially since so little of the industry is giving back to the knowledge pool. Touring the studio, we got to see their gear, render set-ups, work stations, sound rooms, miniature sets, work lounges, employee kitchen, work shop, and rooftop patio. Towards the end of the visit, some of the employees offered to review some of our work and we naturally jumped at the opportunity. It's such a treat to visit smaller studios who still feel close enough to students to be comfortable with. As we exited the building and started walking across the canal back towards the tram stop, I looked back and some employees were watching us leave from the third floor lobby window. I waved. They ALL waved back. It was nice.” And this is what Carter L. had to say about the studio visit: “Afterwards [after the Van Gogh museum] we visited the animation studio Ambassadors, where we were treated with a presentation of all their latest work. They then gave us an exciting tour of their entire studio and explained every step and element of their entire production pipeline. Some of the artists were even kind enough to meet with a few of us after the tour to look at and critique our portfolios and gave advice on how to pursue a professional career in the animation industry! Walking through a professional studio was an eye opening experience and gave all of us a resurgence of motivation to keep pushing ourselves and our work to the limit! Many of us left the studio with the hope and goal to one day work for a professional studio like Ambassadors. We were all incredibly thankful for AIB planning out this amazing day trip to Amsterdam and the studio tour!"
All in all it was a great day trip and many of the students opted to stay over the weekend and explore Amsterdam more on their own!
A huge thanks also from AIB to Ambassadors Studio for hosting us and giving our students such an exciting insight into your work!