Study abroad students’ Big Event project adorns Barcelona district

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The Big Event, a beloved Texas A&M community service tradition, crossed the Atlantic this spring with College of Architecture study abroad students who built a structure for public gatherings and painted flower boxes in a neighborhood square in Barcelona, Spain.

The gathering space will be used throughout the year for community meetings, workshops and group meals,” said Zana Bosnic, academic coordinator at the Barcelona Architecture Center, the college’s study abroad venue in Spain.

Joined by members of a local Architects Without Borders chapter on a cool, sunny day, the students assembled thick, plastic irrigation tubes and canvas sheeting to create a dome-shaped multipurpose shelter large enough to accommodate approximately 35 people.

Students also painted a shaded bench built in a 2016 Big Event project in bright rainbow colors to adorn the square, located in the city’s Can Baro neighborhood.

They were helped by members of the neighborhood and design students from Clemson University studying in Barcelona.

At the end of the day the various groups gathered to enjoy a feast of calcots, a local, char-grilled spring onion.

Because of scheduling conflicts, the students in Barcelona tackled their Big Event project April 15, 2018, nearly a month after more than 21,000 stateside Aggies fanned out into the Bryan/College area for the annual happening.

College of Architecture study abroad students also completed Big Event projects in Barcelona in 2015 and 2014.

In addition to its venue in Barcelona, the college offers semester-long, study abroad opportunities in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and in shorter programs in China, Japan and Costa Rica.


Richard Nira

posted April 26, 2018