Eight Knowlton Students Awarded 2014 ARTA Travel Grants


The Knowlton School is pleased to announce the winners of the school’s 2014 Architecture Research Travel Awards (ARTA) competition.  The ARTA program was established to encourage independent travel initiatives of up to 30 days by Knowlton students from all degree programs. ARTA grants are made possible by generous support from the Columbus Foundation. Fifteen Knowlton students from five degree programs submitted 16 proposals to the competition, from which the School awarded over $12,000 to support the following five projects:

Blythe Worstell and Chris Watkins, Soil Conservation in the Icelandic Desert
Worstell and Watkins will travel to Iceland to study the loss of arable land, where cultivation, soil erosion, and overgrazing have created Europe’s largest desert, as well as “Iceland’s burgeoning soil conservation movement,” which “provide(s) a new catalyst for landscape change” in that nation.

James Riley Cruttenden, Conservation and the Work of William and Robert Adam (United Kingdom)
Cruttenden will visit numerous sites in Scotland and London to conduct “an investigation of conservation methods currently in place to preserve the works of William and Robert Adam” and gain a deeper understanding of Adamesque neoclassicism.

Whitney Izor and Alex Pisha, Landscapes of Production (Germany)
Izor and Pisha will visit several regions in Germany, where “(i)n response to the needs of a highly dense population within the restricted spaces of Germany’s varied and challenging terrains, efficient land management practices and effective environmental policy have emerged.”

Marcus Myerholtz and Yana Grinblat, Tel Aviv: An Architecture of Deviance
Myerholtz and Grinblatt will visit Israel’s second largest city, “a self-imposed city of exile” and “the ideal model” for their research, which will explore “an architecture that has strayed from the normal - in other words, has become deviant… (creating) spaces that subvert the normal and offer ‘otherness’ a place to thrive: a heterotopia.”

Caitlin Kilkenny Brett, Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas
Brett will travel to Brazil to investigate “the informal or unplanned elements of cities, particularly in high density, low-income areas. In more common terms, these areas are known as slums, shantytowns, or in Rio de Janeiro, as favelas.”