2013 Norden Fund Winners

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(left) A schematic showing the flow of goods to and from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market; (right) Staircase in the public atrium of the St. Benedict abbey at Vaals, The Netherlands, designed by Van der Laan.

The League is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grants: Jeffery J. Roberson for a project entitled Dom Hans Van der Laan and the Plastic Number and Alice Colverd & Alexander McLean for Tokyo’s Pantry: Tsukiji and the Commodification of Market Culture.

The Deborah J. Norden Fund, established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, awards travel grants of $5,000 annually to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. For more information on the fund and past winning projects, visit here.

Roberson will travel to the Netherlands and Belgium to study architect and Benedictine monk Van der Laan’s development of “the plastic number,” a geometric and proportional relationship that is “premised upon that principle that we can understand and quantify the subjective experience of space.”

Colverd and McLean will map and study Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, which was recently slated for relocation in preparation for the city’s bid for the Olympic games. Their project will document the flows of goods in and spatial organization of the market in its surrounding neighborhood, highlighting “broader shifts in the place of food in the city and the role and relevance of face-to-face exchange.”