Архитектурное бюро GRAFT проводит конкурс исследовательских грантов для студентов и молодых специалистов второй год подрят. Для участия необходимо предложить тему и план исследования, посвященного теме глобального потепления. Работа должна быть посвящена решению конкретной проблемы – то есть не должна носить сугубо теоретический характер. Двое победителей конкурса получат гранты в размере €3000 на расходы, связанные с проведением исследований.
2018 marked the 28th anniversary of the fall of the inner German border wall and the point at which the Wall had been gone for exactly as long as it had existed. GRAFT and Marianne Birthler, the curators of the German Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, took this parallel as an opportunity to explore the topic of “UNBUILDING WALLS”. Following on from the exhibition and the issues it raised, the curators announced two Travel Grants with a value of 3000 € each.
In 2020, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will be awarding a second round of two travel grants to fund study or project trips that deal with the topic of climate change and its consequences for the built environment.
CLIMATE CHANGE TRAVEL GRANTS
Man-made climate change confronts us with a multitude of conflicts and dangers that challenge and question our way of life as individuals and in society. As architects, we bear particular responsibility for drastically reducing CO2 emissions in the construction industry, which currently account for 40 percent of all CO2 emissions. We need to rethink planning and construction practice in such a way that it no longer contributes to dangerously spiralling global warming and at the same time addresses new spatial requirements. In the awareness that this is a global problem, the travel grants aim to support projects that act across national borders to find solutions to phenomena caused by climate change.
The GRAFT Travel Grant 2020 aims to support work that will deal with built, physical or even strategic interventions aimed at overcoming global warming or its consequences. These can be of a planning, artistic or political nature. Inspired by the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS, such works can also deal with current debates on nations, protectionism and division, for example with regard to migration patterns arising from climate change, or with associated aspects of climate justice. Other potential funding topics include analyses of or responses to extreme weather events, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, the protection of flora and fauna, or material and energy innovations at different scales. These may have an urban planning, architectural, political or social focus.
Research work conducted as part of such projects should have a transformative artistic or creative aspect, i.e. be more than merely documentary. These transformation processes can be presented in the form of models, designs, media installations, animations, photographic works or other similar formats. Applicants should specify the medium they intend to use as part of their project in the application.
Reflecting the spirit of collaboration between the politician Marianne Birthler and GRAFT architecture office, the grant is aimed particularly at applicants who address not only the topic outlined above but also its means of implementation from an interdisciplinary perspective. Especially welcome are collaborative projects that consider their topic in a broader socio-political context and bring together different approaches, backgrounds and strategies to leverage their full potential. Preference will be given to projects that are themselves climate-conscious in their approach, use of materials and means of mobility.
The funding provided by the grant should be used to cover travel costs arising in conjunction with research on the topic and with experiencing the subject of study in question, as well as for completing the work conducted and its presentation.
The work that the grant will fund must be completed by December 2020. The results will be presented in January 2021.