Today, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts announced that $534,850 worth of new grants will be awarded to individuals from around the world in support of 74 projects that promote an "understanding of the designed environment" and that "engage original ideas," according to a press release. This year's funded projects were led by architects, artists, choreographers, historians, and filmmakers who hail from cities such as Kampala, Uganda; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Milan; and Chicago. The winning projects were selected from a pool of more than 600 project proposals that included exhibitions, publications, site-specific installations, critical architectural discourse, media, and scholarships.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the visionary ideas of this year’s cohort,” said the foundation's director Sarah Herda in the same release. “We continue to advocate for innovative positions in architecture, anticipating the increasingly expansive nature of the field with ambitious and multidisciplinary projects.”
Since 1956, the Graham Foundation has awarded both individuals and institutions with more than 4,400 grants.
A selection of funded projects are shown below, and the full list of this year's grantees can be found here.
Title: Space Settlements
Project Description: An upcoming book by Fred Scharmen, Assoc. AIA, an assistant professor at the Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning, examines various angles of a 1975 design project led by NASA to design human settlements in space.
Title: Occupied Paradise
Project Description: A research project by German researcher Ingrid Hapke and Berlin-based artist Wouter Osterholt aims to reconstruct Oscar Niemeyer–designed masterplan of Centro da Barra, a gated community in Rio de Janeiro.
Title: Huế’s Urban Artifacts–Tracing a Forgotten Past
Location: Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Singapore
Project Description: An exhibition curated by French-German filmmaker Cyril Eberle, Vietnamese architect Phi Yen Nguyen, artist and curator Huong Dieu Pham, and Vietnamese-American architect Hoanh Tran aims to raise awareness about preservation of cultural heritage in Huế, Vietnam.