Last week our Texas A&M Visualization program went on a bonding trip to the beautiful cities of Bad Kreuznach, Bad Münster, and Mainz.
The excursion started with a tour at the Museum for Puppetry Art in Bad Kreuznach. We learned about the history of puppetry and how it has been used throughout the centuries to entertain and educate audiences.
In the evening we joined the rest of our class for a lecture by Professor Dahlhausen. The lecture prompted a discussion about how perceptions vary between different people, and how we all have different creative processes. Professor Dahlhausen gave us the challenge of taking small mirrors outside and incorporating them into our own creative photographs.
After the lecture and activity, we ended the day by going to Kurpfälzer Amtshof - a restaurant inside of an 800 year old building. We spent the rest of the night in Ebernburg Castle overlooking the town of Bad Münster.
On our second day, we traveled to Mainz to take a tour of the Gutenburg Museum. We were able to see how the Gutenburg press was used for printing, and the various processes that went into creating Gutenburg bibles. After our tour, the group participated in a small workshop to learn how to create our own prints and use an old press.
Suzanne Ctvrtlik - Texas A&M VIZ 2018
Yesterday a winter storm with peaks up to 130 km/h (80 mph) caused numerous calls for Emergency Management in Bonn. During midday, while classes at the AIB were in full swing, many trees collapsed, roof tiles became lose and billboards threatened to fall down and therefore became a real safety threat to the public. In the whole State of Nord Rhine-Westphalia trains stopped operating for the remaining day. Luckily in Bonn no one was seriously injured
Like in the United States, volunteers are the backbone of Emergency Management such as volunteer Fire Departments, volunteers in Emergency Medical Services or volunteers of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). Especially in circumstances like these it is crucial for public authorities to be able to count on their volunteers (ca. 500 volunteer Fire Fighters in Bonn) to respond to calls and to provide manpower. 180 volunteer Fire Fighters of Bonn dealt with the aftermath of “Friederike” this past Thursday. This is only possible with the support and understanding of employers who make it possible for them to respond to calls.
We at AIB are happy to call one of those volunteer Fire Fighters our colleague! Jens Decker is a Program Coordinator for the Texas A&M Visualization Program and the Texas A&M International Emergency Public health Preparedness Program and was called in for duty for the duration of 6,5 hours.
Together with his comrades he worked on getting the infrastructure back on track and to eliminate safety threats so that the public’s everyday life could continue with only minimal restrictions. A big thanks to Jens and all the volunteers!
The public exhibit by the Texas A&M and PSU Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning students was recently featured in a local newspaper!
The 'Bonner Stadtanzeiger' wrote a short article about the students' exhibit where they showcased their ideas on how to redesign and reimagine the 3.94km long corridor along the train lines. A representative from the Bonn's City Planning Office thought the projects were a great pool of ideas on what is possible in this area!
The students ideas ranged from developing a new innercity quarter to installing fast bike lanes to facilitiate easier commute between Bonn and Cologne.
This exhibit was a great way for the students to showcase their ideas and present them to a broad audience.
The article appreared in the Bonner Stadtanzeiger on Wednesday, 20th December 2017 and is only available in German.
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!
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