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Studying Sustainable Design in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is frequently ranked as one of the world’s most livable, green and best-designed cities. While studying abroad in Denmark through DIS Copenhagen, environmental studies and studio art double major Isabella Pardales ’21 is immersing herself in their characteristically sustainable design, policy and culture.

“Experiential learning is a key component of classes in Copenhagen,” Pardales says. Weekly, her courses include excursions with professors to facilities, landmarks and institutions. Her courses for the fall semester include “Renewable Energy Systems,” “Waste Management Systems in Europe,” a graphic design studio and “Textile Design in Scandinavia.”

While excursions for her art class include visits to art studios, design shops and museums, her renewable energy systems class took her to a wind farm and to the top of a turbine. As part of the curriculum, Pardales says her professors encourage “students to use the city as a classroom and source of inspiration.”

As a part of the program, Pardales lives with a host family who, she says, has been “very helpful showing me around the city and teaching me about Danish traditions and customs.” Pardales and her host family spend time together cooking every evening.

To document her experience abroad, Pardales is keeping a sketchbook where she collects “ticket stubs, fabrics, watercolor drawings, business cards, sketches and any printed material.”

“My sketches and notes document my exploration of the city and the development of my ideas for future studio courses,” she says.

On campus, Pardales was a Finger Lakes Youth Climate Summit Intern. She is an EcoRep and ORAP leader.