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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Dec 17, 2017
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

3DTD317 Poland: Documenting Historic Wooden Architecture 3 cr.

This program is designed for students whose interests may include: Poland; Czech Republic; historical wooden structure, Eastern European history, preservation, documentation, medieval carpentry and participating in a remarkable international experience. This year, the course will have two components; students will first travel to historic sites in Poland and work as a team to document a selected wooden structure from the seventeenth century through measured drawings and photography of architectural details and artifacts. Poland’s wooden architecture includes Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches, mosques and synagogues. Today, many of these early wooden structures in Poland need restoration and documentation. Secondly, students will travel to the Czech Republic and join an international team of traditional timber frame carpenters that will be using a twenty-first century working replica of a fourteenth century human powered crane in the authentic restoration of the Castle Tocnik, located twenty miles east of Prague. Students will work along side world-class experts, reside in the castle, be an active part of the restoration project and travel to historic sites. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and experience. Czech television will be documenting the project for a made for television film with international partners.

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