THE BANGKOK EXPERIENCE
This past summer, a unique partnership with the international design firm Gensler set the stage for a study abroad program like no other. Under the direction of Gensler Managing Director and Principal Jordan Goldstein (UMD B.S.ARCH ‘94) and Magnolia Quality Development Corporation in Bangkok, 12 students from four Universities set out to design a sustainable, affordable housing prototype to replace the growing slum conditions found throughout Thailand. The result, aptly named “The Bangkok Experience” intersects culture, community, education and practice in a revolutionary learning program.
The student team, comprising students from Maryland’s Architecture Program, the University of Pennsylvania and two Thai Universities developed this video short explaining their mission, their experiences and the resulting project.
To see a comprehensive recap of their travels and to follow the project, visit the students blog, here.