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Open Studio 2014

TAS_Open Studio 2014 Poster

Are you interested in pursuing Architecture? Want a glimpse of student life at NUS Architecture?

In conjunction with the NUS Open House on 15th March 2014, The Architecture Society of NUS presents
OPEN STUDIO 2014
Come join us for a look into how the Architecture program at NUS is like!

Venue: 10AM – 6PM @ School of Design and Environment (SDE) Exhibition Hall

We will also be having Guided Tours at 12pm – 1pm and 4pm to 5pm.
Sign Up Now @ http://goo.gl/GMdfHu

For updates and information, like us at our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/thearchitecturesociety

You can check out the blog by students in the Masters of Urban Planning (MUP) here as well! http://nusmup.wix.com/blog

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Delft and Holland!

Things to know about Netherlands:

There are 2 types of coffee shops: ones that sell actually coffee, and one’s that sell something closer to the plant variety. You will know the latter by smell; unfortunately, the smell of coffee loses out to the smell of weed. If you want to try weed, please eat something first.

Shops close early, ~5pm and are probably not open on Sundays, or have shorter opening hours. Take note especially if you are rushing a project and need to buy materials.

Intercity travel within Netherlands can be expensive; the further you go, the more expensive the ticket.
http://www.ns.nl/spoordeelwinkel – this website has monthly promotions to various parts of Netherlands
ns.nl is their version of SMRT; you can also use to check train timings
9292.nl is like gothere.sg
http://www.treinreiziger.nl/tags/ns_dagkaart_actie – Various shops will also sell a day card (dag kaart) every once in a while, so grab it if you can. This website tells you which shop sells it at which period of time. The day ticket costs about 15 euros round trip. This is worth it if you want to travel to some exciting but ulu location (round trip may cost up to 50 euros)

http://translate.google.com/ – Let me introduce you to your new best friend

It rains. A lot.

Rainbows in Netherlands are equivalent to the Northern Lights in Norway

Things to know about the Dutch:
They are known for being frank/blunt; this may be at odds with our Asian thinking of “saving face” etc. So, if they 不客气 to you, just feel free to 不客气 back
But of course there are always friendly Dutch
There is also quite a large international community, especially amongst the Master students
Dutch food… they eat sandwiches for lunch >< (2 cold meals in the day, and one hot meal for dinner)
Almost all Dutch speak English proficiently

TU Delft/School Stuff:
DUWO: https://www.duwo.nl/
This is the student housing body that we apply through for lodging. We stayed in Papsouwselaan, Poptahof area; it’s about 420 euros each for a 4 room HDB-like flat. Prices for housing are about 300-600 euros/month. For exchange students, the period of rent is fixed and cannot be changed. It should start around mid-August and end in 1st Feb (5.5 months).  As an exchange student, you pay for the first 1.5 months and the last 2 months of your stay there via deposit while you are still in Singapore. So when you transfer money to your Dutch bank, remember that you still need to pay for 2 months of rent when you are in the Netherlands.

TU Delft only
List of modules to choose from, per studio: http://www.studiegids.tudelft.nl/a101_displayProgram.do?program_tree_id=11860

Before you leave for Netherlands:

  1. Get your visa application in time (especially if you want to travel before school). Dutch visa is arranged through the school; your school should send you the relevant documents to fill up, which you send back to them, which they will process with the relevant authorities in Netherlands, and then send it to the embassy in Singapore (what a long process!). You should give a minimum of 6 weeks for this process to avoid any heart attacks (e.g.your visa does not arrive before your fly).
  2. Forms that you need (the school should send you these forms for you to fill up and send back):
  3. Bank Statement (they are quite strict about this bank statement. If I am not wrong, it should come from a current account, implying that we have easy access to cash. Most of us only have savings account)
  4. Health Statement
  5. Passport photo (the requirements of the photo are different from Singapore. e.g. you cannot smile in the photo/show your teeth. Pls check this up)
  6. Antecedents Certificate
  7. Visa Confirmation form
  8. You will also need to make some prior payment to the school, this includes visa application payment, and the rental fees mentioned above

Article contributed by Samantha Chia

Architecture Students on Exchange

We invite all Architecture students who have been on exchange to share your experiences abroad with all of us! This will greatly aid students who will be going on exchange in future (:

Submit your write-up to enquiry@tas.org.sg today. It could be anything less than 1000 words; a review of the architecture education system there; a guide to architectural sights in the region; even a travel guide! Or it could be photos and photos!

All posts will be shared on this website!

TAS Recess Week Workshops

TAS Workshops

TAS will be organizing some software workshops, conducted by student volunteers, in the upcoming recess week for NUS Architecture Students. Thanks to the overwhelming response from our fellow students, all workshops have been oversubscribed!

To all who signed up: you will be receiving email notification of your successful sign up!