The Martin Buber Institute (a private research organization) organizes a terms abroad program in Argentina in conjunction with the University of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo. This is a very unique program with a focus on critical planning, urban social justice, low-income housing, community development, environmental justice, community-based economic development, and self-management participatory democracy. The curriculum spans planning issues in Latin America as a whole, but with a focal interest in the city of Buenos Aires. The program draws from the best planning (or urbanism as they usually refer to it) faculty from Argentina and other Latin American countries. The course of studies includes formal classes and a large number of field labs. One weekend is spent "abroad" in Uruguay for a series of workshops on Montevideo's planning issues and one weekend is spent in an "estancia" (country estate) for a series of workshops on rural planning. There will be optional Spanish classes offered. Lectures will be conducted in English or with simultaneous translation. Buenos Aires is a cultural center for Latin America and its a very exciting, vibrant and legendary night-life city. The program is open to students and faculty and it can be tailored to meet specific needs and interests of planning departments. At the same time the UMPM will organize the courses to accommodate the length of the study abroad periods in your respective departments.
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