Responding to Urban Design Challenges: Students Explore Architecture in Brazil

This fall, Princeton faculty teaching “The Interdisciplinary Design Studio” are introducing 12 students to architectural and urban design issues to help build their critical thinking and design skills. Central to the course was a fall-break trip to Brazil where students gained firsthand experience of the topics discussed on campus.

Mario Gandelsonas, professor of architecture and the Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture, developed the course in conjunction with architecture and urbanism faculty from the University of São Paulo.

Design faculty from Princeton’s School of Architecture co-teach the studio with faculty across disciplines to expose students to the multiple forces within which design operates. This semester, Anthony Acciavatti, a Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies/Princeton Mellon Fellow, is teaching alongside Gandelsonas, who also serves as a principal investigator for the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities.

Students describe their discoveries during the Brazil trip in this photo essay.