Linking information to learning: three frameworks for design studio instruction in the Italian foreign studies setting

The opportunity for students to study in a foreign environment underscores the need to effectively link information to learning. This paper discusses three frameworks — physical, cultural, and perceptual — used as components for studio conduct at an Landscape Architecture Italy program. Each framework enables students to comprehend specific aspects of the Italian landscape setting. Collectively the frameworks constitute a model for studio conduct in a foreign country. The discussion includes comments concerning the relative utility of each framework.