Danish students make the trip on Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. - KOAM TV 7

Danish students make the trip on Route 66 from Chicago to L.A.


It's no ordinary field trip for some college students.   Architecture students from Denmark are making their way along Route 66.   KOAM and FOX 14's Zach Fletcher was able to catch up with the group in Carthage before they head west.

It's quite a sight, 31 RV's all alike parked side by side.  That is how 142 students and 8 teachers from the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark are making their trek down Route 66. 
"I think we live in a global world and I think it is important for students very early on to kind of get a notice that there is something called culture and there's something called different culture." says Lars Holt an assistant professor to Aarhus School of Architecture.

While traveling down the mother road students are snapping pictures and measuring buildings as they get an understanding of the historic architecture.  Anne Baden is one of the students  learning about American architecture outside the book. 

"It makes sense when we're here and when we do all this stuff and looking at old houses and how they're built and you can actually walk-in and take a closer look. That is real nice." says Baden who is a first year student at Aahus.

"We want to experience the places that people usually don't go to; the small places and the families, the people who live outside the big cities. The experience is quite unique." adds Bendik Stockert.

But it isn't just a sight seeing trip.  The students work on portfolios of what they see, using pencils, to recreate the buildings they see.   The students work on the projects as a group and as individuals.  They are paired up in the RV's with people they didn't know prior to the trip.
     Lars Holt their teacher says this builds their interpersonal communication skills for the future. 

"For me it was breaking a limit, if you can say so, but so far it's been working really good." Baden adds.

The students will work on a group project in the morning before heading towards Los Angeles.  They say they have enjoyed their time here as people have been hospitable. 

Every year the architecture school goes to a different country.  In years past they went to Australia and Mexico.  Next year there are plans to possibly go to China.

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