CEE Launches New Dialogue of Civilizations Course on Timber/Masonry Technology, Design and Architectural Practices in Northern Italy

This Summer, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is excited to introduce a new Dialogue Of Civilizations (DOC) course on Timber/Masonry Technology, Design and Architectural Practices in Northern Italy for students interested in architecture and structural engineering. Dialogue of Civilizations are short-term global experiential learning programs led by faculty at Northeastern during the Summer 1 or Summer 2 semesters. Students typically spend around 30 days in-country with a faculty leader, learning about a specific topic, course subject, and critical issues facing our community.

A Beautiful Seaside Town with a Vibrant Architectural History

The program will explore materials such as concrete, mortar and timber, and their application to construction of modern and historic buildings, in a study-abroad format. The first course (CIVE 4780Timber and Masonry Structures: Technology and Design Abroad) will cover design of masonry elements and structures, mechanical properties of wood, effects of strength-reducing characteristics, moisture content, and causes of wood deterioration. The second course (CIVE 4781Introduction to Preservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings, Technology, and Policies Abroad) will examine multi-faceted aspects of building preservation and technologies, policies, regulations and social aspects needed for the restoration of existing buildings with historical value.

Students will visit Trieste, a city and seaport in northeastern Italy, which has developed over the centuries from the confluence of a variety of cultural and religious traditions. Several architectural styles are observable in this town from mosaic-ornamented churches to “fin-de-siècle” art nouveau archways to the mid-century brutalism of suburban apartment blocks. Accommodation will be provided in state-of-the-art university housing of the University of Trieste.

How to Apply

All Summer 2021 DOC programs have been designed in accordance with international travel and visa restrictions, CDC guidelines and Northeastern University’s COVID-19 protocols and policies. This program will have the ability to switch to a virtual format if travel is deemed impossible due to health concerns. The virtual version will include synchronous lectures and asynchronous activities through Zoom and Canvas.

We encourage interested students to apply to the program as soon as possible. The priority deadline is February 1, 2021 and the standard deadline is February 15, 2021. For more information, please visit this page. Students can also contact Faculty Leader Luca Caracoglia at l.caracoglia@northeastern.edu with additional questions.

Global Experiences within Civil and Environmental Engineering

This Dialogue of Civilizations course joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s growing list of global experience opportunities centered on CEE. Students both in the department and from other majors may consider our full list of DOC offerings:

Related Faculty: Luca Caracoglia

Related Departments:Civil & Environmental Engineering