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by Katy Purviance on 03/20/08 @ 11:45:57 pm
Categories: News, Field Trips | 292 words | 2500 views

Architecture Addiction has just made its next field trip available. With all the stress of applying to grad school, I started thinking about all the stress that awaits me in grad school, and then I started thinking about all you architecture addicts out there who could really use a week to just relax, unwind, and, oh, I don’t know, spend a few days at a spa. In Tuscany. And maybe go see the Leaning Tower of Pisa while you’re at it. Doesn’t that sound like exactly what you need?

Travel through the Tuscan countryside for a visit to Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). Here you can view the 12th-century Leaning Tower. This medieval bell tower has been tilted since 1173, and increases its angle each year, with a current overhang of 15 feet. Your guided visit includes a stop at the adjacent cathedral, older even than the Leaning Tower, and a visit to the Baptistery, with its precious Romanesque carvings and echoing acoustics.

I’ll tell you more about the field trip tomorrow. It’s Good Friday, so I have the day off, which means I’ll have plenty of time to go into more detail about how this quick week in Tuscany can really help you get your head straight. Did I mention we have ten departure dates remaining this year? Surely you can fit this in somewhere.

In other news, it was just brought to my attention that some pages on the Architecture Addiction site look pretty…crappy… in Internet Explorer. Specifically, the Spanish lessons.

I use FireFox. I love FireFox. For optimal viewing pleasure, especially if you want some free Spanish lessons, I recommend that you love FireFox too. If you don’t have it already, you can download it for free.

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Know of some others I can add here? Let me know. Have you already visited some of these places...or planning on it? Let me know and I will feature your story and your photos here!

I am starting a new kind of architecture school. Unlike most architecture schools, you wouldn't have to submit GRE scores or good grades or letters of recommendation. You wouldn't have to put the rest of your life on hold for 3 to 5 years. You wouldn't have to accrue tens of thousands of dollars in debt. At my architecture school, anyone could come for a few weeks and learn how to build a house with their own two hands. My teachers would take skills and concepts from some of these other workshops I've listed above... except classes would be held year-round to make it easy to fit into your schedule. I would have a number of different campuses around the country that would teach building designs appropriate to the local climate. And I need your help. Can you donate land for a campus? Can you dotate books for a library? Can you teach a workshop? Can you provide start-up capital? Let me know.

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