Every yr because 1995, The Deborah J. Norden Fund, established in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, underwrites deserving study assignments proposed by passionate and curious students of architecture, architectural heritage, and urban studies. Now in its 19th yr, the fund has enabled far more than twenty-5 interesting independent projects that have explored subject areas and locales around the world—slum redevelopment packages in Mumbai, India the social effect of new architecture and planning interventions in Medellín, Colombia the insertion of built sort into fragile ecosystems in Australia and the stereotomy of complicated surfaces in French Baroque architecture, amongst a lot of other folks.
Although the subjects of the projects vary a fantastic deal from 12 months to yr, the intentions of the fund stay continual. Most nearly, the Norden Fund enables learners and current graduates to knowledge firsthand those constructions, communities, or monuments that inspire them, and offers a indicates of bypassing the regular circuit of grant purposes that impede untested talent from entering the realm of juried competition. But at its main, in the words and phrases of Deborah Norden’s sister, Linda Norden, the goal of the fund is “to emphasize the partnership in between architecture and life” by supporting architects who are “dedicated to [investigating the] aesthetic and structural selections that notify the day-to-day daily life of whoever takes place to reside or operate or engage in or simply pass by means of the composition underneath consideration.” In this function, we spotlight the function of earlier Norden Fund grantees by way of essays, images, and sketches from the winners on their own.
The 2014 recipient of the Norden Fund grant is Kerry O’Connor for the project The Plečnik Assignments: Public Knowledge and the Area of Drinking water. O’Connor will vacation to Ljubljana, Slovenia to study architect Jože Plečnik’s infrastructural systems alongside the Ljublijanica and Gradaščica rivers.
Journey Reviews, a publication celebrating the initial 10 a long time of the Norden Fund software, is offered for purchase here.
The 1st iteration of this ongoing characteristic was published on March four, 2013 current June seventeen, 2013, February ten, 2014, & June thirty, 2014. More vacation studies will proceed to be added over the coming months.