Seven KSA Students Win ARTA Travel Grants

The Knowlton School of Architecture is pleased to announce the seven winners of the 2012 KSA Architecture Research Travel Awards (ARTA) competition.  The ARTA program was established to encourage independent travel initiatives of up to 30 days by KSA students from all degree programs. The ARTA program is made possible by generous support from the Columbus Foundation.

Annie Bergelin (Master of Landscape Architecture; destination, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Bergelin’s program is an exploration of the urban waterfront typologies in Rotterdam in order to study how this broad range of development conditions can successfully coexist.  Specific attention will be paid to the economic relevance of the world-class port operations, the aesthetic and social meaning of public access to the waterfront, and the ecological potential of the urban edge, with regard to stormwater management and rising sea levels.

Victoria KcKenna  & Emily Mohr (BS Architecture; destination, Porto, Portugal)
Over the last century, while most Western architecture progressed through the styles of Modernism and Post-Modernism, Porto, Portugal paired Modernist ideals with native vernacular to develop a movement independent from the rest. Through analyzing the works of Souta De Moura, 2012 Pritzker Prize winner, in relation to the architecture of Alvaro Siza, McKenna and Mohr will discover the ways in which Porto has cultivated this vernacular.

Lindsey McLaughlin (Master of Architecture; destination, Quebec City, Canada)
The research for this ARTA project will focus on the Capitale-Nationale of Quebec, Quebec City, the people of this area (the Quebecois; including Francophones, Anglophones, and Wendake), and its preservation of architecture and culture. The principal purpose of the project, with Quebec City acting as a laboratory, is to understand the architecture of a city beyond the architectural object and to show subjective interpretations. This project focuses on creating a new, critical ideology of preservation which would focus on the “subject position” rather than the “object position," and will be more sensitive to the political ramifications and complicated realities behind architectural gems.

NOTE: McLaughlin's project was moved to China when she was awarded a 2012 Cannon Design Summer Internship in the firm's Shanghai office.

Patrick Herron & Jonathan Rieke (BS Architecture; destination, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Herron and Rieke will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to investigate the effects that the city’s three distinct histories - as St. Petersburg (Czarist Russia), Petrograd (Russian Revolution), and Leningrad (Soviet Russia) - have had on contemporary St. Petersburg; perhaps a symbol of Russian culture instead of an actual place. St. Petersburg is a Russian version of Hollywood – a large collection of historic, cultural and social associations rather than a manifestation of them.

Ameya Warde (City and Regional Planning, destination, Mumbai and Delhi, India)
India is a very diverse country with very diverse places, so can there be such thing as an Indian urban form? Ancient Vedic texts and centuries of Mogul and British rule have heavily influenced architectural and urban planning methods of Indian cities throughout the ages, but how much has survived in India's global cities? Warde will investigate rural villages, slums, satellite cities, suburbs, wealthy districts, old cities, colonial districts and recent developments in Mumbai and Delhi to see how very different communities have held on to (or not held onto) those old influences.