BAC Collaborates on Social Urbanism with Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Dean and Faculty Maria Bellalta served as visiting faculty member

Photo Courtesy Maria Bellalta

Photo Courtesy Maria Bellalta

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce Maria Bellalta, Dean and Faculty, School of Landscape Architecture, was invited earlier this year to serve as a visiting faculty by the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), School of Architecture and Design, Medellín, Colombia. While visiting UPB, Maria directed an urban design studio in the Master of Landscape Architecture program for a low-income housing project sited on the Santo Domingo Barrio, northeast of Medellin's city center, one of the densest and highest urban neighborhoods that make up the metropolitan district.

Over the last decade, the City of Medellin has undertaken recognizable revitalization efforts that address the limitations to its socio-economic systems through the optimization of high, cultural public spaces. Numerous fresh and modern civic plazas, public parks, and transit systems have been developed and renewed, which are opening up the City to make it more inviting and life-giving. An unusual transformation of the City's physical resources, infrastructure and functions, has derived in a meaningful physical form and model for social urbanism.

The BAC's School of Landscape Architecture is currently collaborating with UPB's School of Architecture and Design in developing a summer 2015 intensive trip to Medellin, to be followed by a fall 2015 semester LA Studio on Social Urbanism.

"The intent of the studio collaboration is to expand the BAC's Landscape Architecture students' understanding for global conditions and contexts," said Maria Bellalta, Dean and Faculty, School of Landscape Architecture. "This is a unique chance for our students to explore a milieu of natural, constructed, social and economic criteria affecting urban design, housing typologies, and sustainable applications today."

The collaboration between the BAC's School of Landscape Architecture and UPB will continue during the fall 2015 semester via webinar international student presentations and design reviews.