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Study abroad trip to Italy with John Boecker, founding member of our community.

USGBC Central Pennsylvania is sharing details on the Harrisburg Area Community College Study Abroad Program, an opportunity to visit Italy with LEED Fellow John Boecker

The 10-day tour is an immersion into the wonder of Italy during visits to Rome, Florence and Venice, infused by Boecker's deep knowledge of each site.

Travel dates: May 11–21, 2017

Pre- and post-travel evening classes will meet in Hall Tech 108 on April 13, April 27, and June 8, 2017.

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The tour examines the foundations of western architecture in ancient Rome and traces its evolution from Medieval ingenuity through Baroque theatricality and current innovations within the green building movement in Italy. Special emphasis is placed upon the birth of the Renaissance in Florence and its further manifestation in Rome and Venice.

Selected sites have been carefully choreographed to meaningfully experience seminal form- and space-making ideas at their source through direct personal experience . . . and to reveal core patterns of social, political, cultural, economic and technological innovations in Italy that directly influenced the development of Western culture. Many selected sites are “hidden gems” that are not often visited by tourists; each has been studied and visited many times by the course instructor, who will help students discover some new aspect, dimension or insight.

Introductory lecture sessions will be held before leaving for Italy that are aimed at preparing students with historical, philosophical and religious background for the sites to be visited.

Planned highlights

  • Walking Tour of Venice: Doge’s Palace, Basilica and Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, Palladio churches, Accademia Gallery, University of Venice in 14th-century palazzo, glass-blowing demonstration
  • Vicenza: Visit to Palladio’s Villa Rotunda and Teatro Olimpico
  • Walking Tour of Florence: Basilicas of San Marco, San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, Santa Maria del Fiore; Accademia Gallery, Medici tombs, works by Michelangelo (David), Leonardo da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello, Alberti
  • Day trip to San Gimignano—prototypical Italian hill town
  • Walking tour of Rome: Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s, Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Piazza Navona, Ancient Roman Forum, Colosseum, works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Borromini, Bramante
  • Local hidden gems of cultural sites and “slow food”

Program fee of $3,995 includes:

  • Tuition and fees for a three-credit HACC course
  • Round-trip air transportation
  • Local ground transportation
  • Accommodations on site in 4-star hotels with daily breakfast
  • Admissions to extensive sites and attractions that are part of the program’s curriculum
  • Travel insurance
  • Two locally sourced lunches and one group dinner

Guide/faculty leader

John Boecker, AIA, LEED Fellow, is an architect and founding partner in 7group, an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary consulting firm focused on integrative design and regenerative development. His practice has focused exclusively on sustainability since 1996. Along with his 7group partners and Bill Reed, he co-authored The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building, a seminal book published by Wiley in April, 2009. He also co-hosted with Bill Reed the national Voice America radio program, “Building Deeper Green: Reframing Sustainability.”

He was the Project Architect for two of the first 15 LEED-certified projects in the world, and he has served as the primary LEED consultant on over 100 additional LEED-certified projects in eight countries. John has served as a LEED Certification Reviewer contracted with GBCI since 2003 and on the USGBC LEED Steering Committee for over six years as Chair of the USGBC’s Curriculum and Accreditation Committee. John also chaired USGBC’s international Integrative Process (IP) Working Group, charged with improving the practical implementation of integrative design, and he was the primary co-author of the Integrative Process (IP) credits in LEED v4. He was appointed a LEED Fellow in the inaugural class of 2011.

Learn more about John Boecker.

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