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  • Locations: Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy;
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Environmental Planning and Design  
Sicily, Italy



June 5 - June 20, 2018

Program Description: This program is a 10-day long field experience in the provinces of Catania and Siracusa (Sicily, Italy). Participants will study and directly contribute to the efforts of local officials and community organizations working in the Simeto River Valley (eastern Sicily) toward promoting regional development through Urban Regeneration. 

Over the past years, towns in the Simeto River Valley have worked to develop the “Simeto River Agreement”, a shared document that identifies a set of rules and regulations to be considered in future planning and design processes that affect local communities. Today, ten municipalities in the Simeto Valley (Paternò, Adrano, Biancavilla, Santa Maria di Licodia, Belpasso, Centuripe, Motta S. Anastasia, Ragalna, Regalbuto and Nicolosi) have already signed this formal document. The “Agreement” has identified Urban Regeneration as one of the top 4 priorities to promote a model of development for the Simeto bio-region inspired by social solidarity and landscape ecology. Within the broad framework offered by the “Simeto River Agreement,” the workshop offers the opportunity to learn about Urban Regeneration breaking the limits of financial rationality, linking economic sustainability issues with socio-cultural and eco-environmental dimensions. These ten municipalities in collaboration with a network of grassroots and non-profit organizations in the Simeto River Valley will sponsor the University of Memphis study abroad trip.

Students involved in the study abroad will have the opportunity to work on urban regeneration proposals for each of the ten municipalities sponsoring the event. Students will work in groups and each group will produce a proposal, which is going to be presented at the end of the workshop to public officials, local leaders, and community members.

Photos 2017 Program: Sicily 2017 Photos.pdf
 

Program Fee
(subject to change)
Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include

UofM Students

$3,300
  • $350 application fee (U fM Students); $500 application fee (Non UofM Students)
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Inland transport
  • UofM Continuing Education Credit $225 (Non UofM Students Only)
  • UofM Tuition for 3 credit hours Credit by Exam $60 (Univ. of Memphis Students Only)
  • Non-UofM Students - Tuition for 3 credit hours: approx. $1,250 (undergraduate); $1,700 (graduate).
  • Roundtrip Airfare (Approx. $1,600)
  • Personal expenses and Incidentals
  • International Medical insurance

Non UofM Students

$3,525
 

Course Information: The Collaborative Planning Studio has been designed to enable participating students to develop creative design solutions for problematic issues that local communities are confronted by in rural and urban environments. The studio will approach problems identified by community leaders with an interdisciplinary method by inviting planning, architecture, and anthropology students to think across disciplinary boundaries and define innovative solutions by interweaving different bases of knowledge. U of M students will earn 3 credit hours for PLAN 7708: Planning Practice. Non- U of M participants will receive 3 credits for Continuing Professional Education or enroll into the course to receive 3 credit hours.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington almbrtpn@memphis.edu
 

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