Seven Knowlton Students Awarded 2015 Summer ARTA Grants

The Knowlton School is pleased to announce the winners of the school’s 2015 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. The ARTA program will provide over $12,000 to support the following five projects:

Robert Hintz, A study of the Containment of Urban Sprawl in Germany
Hintz will explore efforts to contain and prevent urban sprawl in several Germany cities: Stuttgart, Tübingen, Quendlinburg, Goslar and Cologne, cities ranging in population from 41,000 to 1.5 million; small towns that survived WWII unscathed, and larger cities that needed to be rebuilt. In his research, Hintz will focus on the strategies used in residential architecture developments and land use schemes, such as green belts and those which seek to adapt to existing landscape features such as the Rhine River.

Will Hughen, Social Interaction in Hong Kong's Transit Land Value Capture Developments
As the population of urban areas grows during this century, the need for rapid implementation of high public transportation increases. Because of the high amount of capital required to initiate a project, the largest obstacle to construction is often the question of funding. Hughen will examine the effectiveness of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway’s (MTR) Rail and Property (R+P) land value capture system to measure its effects on the social interactions of local residents and whether this funding scheme has implementation potential in North American cities.

Kalindi Parikh and Mariel Fink, Reading the Sacred Landscape in Cambodia
Parikh and Fink will study Angkor Wat and the surrounding area of Angkor to determine the degree to which the dense concentration of Buddhism within Cambodia has impacted the preservation of sacred landscapes and subsequent development of surrounding cities. They also hope to venture to the major cities of Siem Reap and Phnom Phen to observe ways in which the architecture and landscape typologies of surrounding regions have been shaped by such strong Buddhist influences. They especially hope to take note of the differing political fronts facing regions surrounding Angkor Wat and regions more disconnected from the sacred landscape to see how the presence of such a treasured landscape has influenced peace and conflict throughout Cambodia’s history.

Jessica Sprankle and Jelena Loncar, Italy: Architecture of Longevity
Sprankle and Loncar will study the physical and cultural roles of traditional Trulli architecture in the Apulia region of southern Italy where they also will participate in a hands-on restoration of a trullo cone and document the impacts of tourism on Rome and various Apulian towns. Through this project, Sprankle and Loncar will gain a better understanding of how to implement an architecture of sustainability, environmental sensitivity and longevity in the rapidly changing world.

Joshua Bauman, Copenhagen: Climate Design & Sustainability in Practice and Progress
Bauman will travel to Copenhagen to stage a number of investigations that examine how the landscape architecture and urban design have allowed the city to flourish as one of the most sustainable cities in the world.  He will examine intersecting sustainability tactics; visit specific neighborhoods and districts and see how each compares to and contrasts with each other in terms of their employed design and planning strategies; and visit the most notable landscapes, both contemporary and historical, and see how they influence the spaces around them and work together to define the culture and fabric of Copenhagen.