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China No nation in the world shows more evidence of 21st century change than China which has become an extraordinary hotbed of innovative architecture. From Rem Koolhaas Central Chinese Television headquarters to the Olympic Stadium birds nest to Linked Hybrid the apartment complex that boasts the worlds largest geothermal cooling system there is something to see wherever you look. We were there for 15 weeks said Professor Gustavo Crembil. Our students spent nine weeks working with Chinese students and then we traveled by bus all around the country ending up for a week in Hong Kong. Marissa Fabrizio 12 found every aspect of this experience invigorating. We did a studio on urban design with the Chinese students she said. We were given a portion of Shanghai to redesign specifically around the concept of an elevated train. I got to see more of a futuristic perspective than I generally see for the most part in the U.S. and Im definitely trying to bring some of that perspective to my own work now. The trip opened up whole new ways of thinking for Fabrizio now a designer at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Architecture is definitely becoming global in nature and I want to travel more and design in other countries she said. India Like China India is in the midst of an epic transformation witnessed firsthand by SoA students who have spent terms there. It is impossible to do justice to our time in India said Professor Michael Oatman who has accompanied students on trips there. Making drawings on the banks of the Ganges River hiking along the 32-kilometer wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort being immersed in the modernity and industry of Mumbai were all profound experiences. Collaborating with the Indian students at CEPT University in Ahmedabad revealed contrasts in learning styles and yielded new ways of looking at architecture and indeed the world of ideas. I think some of our students would say India changed their way of thinking Oatman said. Zoe Demple 13 was one such student. The RPI students and the Indian students learned from each other said Demple now an intern architect at BoneLevine in Brooklyn. RPI is quite conceptual in its orientation while the orientation of the Indian students tends to be more practical. And since Ahmedabad is one of Indias most quickly developing cities youre right there on the scene while theyre trying to figure things out and thats pretty fascinating. global perspective 19