Nine KSA Students Awarded 2013 ARTA Travel Grants


The Knowlton School of Architecture is pleased to announce the nine winners of the 2013 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. More than 25 KSA students submitted 16 proposals to the competition, from which the School awarded over $12,000 to support the following five projects:

Gregory Toupalik and Michael Zumpano, Tokyo Megalopolis, Japan
Toupalik and Zumpano will study how city planning and architectural developmental has affected the urban environment in the greater Tokyo Megalopolis. They will also compare Tokyo’s development with those of former capital city Kyoto, and Japan’s commercial center, Osaka.

Luke Anderson and Nicholas Espinosa, Retracing Louis I. Kahn’s Tour of Scottish Castles & the Evolution of the Scottish Vernacular, Scotland
Anderson and Espinoza will travel to Scotland to study not only castle development, but also the evolution of Scottish architecture from the early 15th century to the present. They hope to gain a better understanding of vernacular Scottish design strategies, and to explore architecture’s effect on Scottish society.

Stephanie Sang Delgado and Brian Polgar; Information, Interaction, Infrastructure – Istanbul, Turkey
Sang Delgado and Polgar will seek to understand how Istanbul, and other historic centers of commerce, Edirne and Ankara, have evolved and intertwined with the modern fabric of those cities. They will relate historical and modern maps to the cities’ infrastructures to provide a platform for further studies of globalization and combinatory urbanism.

Christian Golden and Gentley Smith, What Lies Beyond the Surface, Italy and Spain
Golden and Smith will focus on several cities in Italy – Rome, Venice, Milan and Genoa – and Barcelona in order to study the traditional use of surface depth and articulation in the architecture of those locations in an effort to better understand how classical surfaces may are the foundation of contemporary ones.

Ian Mackay, Cyberpunk in Shanghai, China
Cyberpunk is the postmodern science fiction genre characterized by a focus on advanced science. Mackay will travel to Shanghai, a city that has seemingly developed according to the fashions of cyberpunk, in order to explore whether Shanghai has internalized cyberpunk aesthetics and values. He will also question whether, as Americans, we merely identify Shanghai with cyberpunk because it has become a cultural lens through which we attempt to comprehend the city’s development and how it relates to us.