The Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts has awarded 59 projects worldwide a combined total of $491,500 in its annual Grants for Individuals. The winners were selected from a pool of 640 submissions coming from 42 different countries and include exhibitions, publications, films, live performances, and site-specific installations. They were recognized by the 60-year-old organization for their ability to advance architecture within “the arts, culture, and society,” according to its website.
The group of 94 individuals behind this year's funded projects include not only architects, but also designers, curators, filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and writers who are all interested in the field. They hail from from cities including Mexico City, Montreal, Athens, Brussels, Stockholm, Cape Town, and Chicago.
Among the projects recieving grants this year are:
- Chicago-based cornetist and visual artist Rob Mazurek and Los Angeles–based filmmaker Lee Anne Schmitt's musical composition and film that play on ideas of transparency, architecture, and nature at Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill.
- Director and animator Joshua Frankel's opera about the 1960s urban-planning conflict in New York City, where he grew up, over the development of Washington Square Park between planner Robert Moses and urban activist Jane Jacobs
- José Esparza Chong Cuy, curator of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and Mexico City architect Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, have partnered on a project that includes a series of public installations throughout Mexico City highlighting the effect of the 1968 Olympic Games there on the city's urban infrastructure
- ARCHITECT contributor and 2014 Harvard University Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow Alexandra Lange's forthcoming book "Wonderland: The Design of Childhood, from Lego to the Metropolis" (Bloomsbury, 2018), which examines the environments in which children learn, play, and develop
- A site-specific film and performance by London-based architect and artist Quynh Vantu that explore the relationship between architecture, movement, and space in Norwegian Pritzker Prize-winning architect Sverre Fehn’s Hedmark Museum, in Norway
See the full list of recipients here.