Core Course Week Berlin

For core course week this semester all the full year architecture and design students traveled to Berlin. Last semester we traveled to Western Denmark and to switch things up, we went to Germany. For the first weeks of the semester I was of the belief that we were taking the plane to Berlin. I was …

Climate Change

What’s the problem? The Earth is warming at an alarming rate. 20 years ago, United Nations’ scientific community agreed that anything more than 2.5˚ C would result in widespread catastrophes throughout the environment. Currently, the Earth has warmed 1.5 degrees and already the impact has been felt through increased storms, increased fire seasons, and higher …

Human Exceptionalism

One of my classes this semester is Renewable Energy Systems. I came into the class thinking it was going to primarily focus on the different types of energy generation systems that exist, but I was somewhat mistaken. My professor has a background in National Security with a focus on energy security and brings a philosophical …

Long Study Week – Sweden/Finland

Two weeks ago, DIS had the second study week where the other half of students, me being part of that group, traveled with their core course. Furniture One of the goals for this week was to look at the different manufacturers of high quality wooden furniture. Our first stop was at the Ikea Museum to …

Colonial Past

Denmark was the seventh-largest participant in the trans-Atlantic Slave trade by number of slaves transported. Many people do not realize that the US bought the Virgin Islands: St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, from Denmark in 1917. Prior to this, all three islands were part of the Danish colonial empire that included Greenland, Iceland, …

Review of Five Weeks

I sit here thinking back on my first five weeks in Denmark. I still remember looking out the train window in awe as we pulled into København H after my 11 hour journey from Amsterdam, wondering what life would be like, about my host family, and about the upcoming year. Thus far I have been …

Core Course Week

Last week was Core Course Week. This meant that for the entire week, I was with my core course doing different activities. Monday To start it off, my studio went to our furniture workshop in Amager (pronounced Ama). Here we spent all day learning how to use the machines from table saws to biscuit/domino cutters. …