The Deborah J. Norden Fund
2016 Information Session
Jeff Geisinger, 2010 grantee
Fiyel Levent, 2007 grantee
Rosalie Genevro, The Architectural League
The Architectural League of New York invites you to an information session on the Deborah J. Norden Fund, an annual program of the League that supports independent travel and research for students and recent graduates in architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. Past grantees Jeff Geisinger and Fiyel Levent will discuss their projects, followed by a Q&A about the grant process with League staff.
Jeff Geisinger received the 2010 Norden Fund grant for his proposal Connective Spaces and Social Capital in Medellín. The project studied the informal communities in Medellín, Colombia, where in 2003 city mayor Sergio Fajardo implemented a “social urbanism” plan to integrate the slums and its vulnerable habitants into the city’s infrastructure and social networks. Geisinger’s travel was documented in a blog with interviews, drawings, and diagrams that explored how the notion of connectivity creates physical, social, and cultural spaces in divided urban zones. Read more about his project here.
Fiyel Levent received the 2007 Norden Fund grant for her proposal Re Reading Ornament: Textures in Islamic Spain. Levent’s project explored the concept of social and cultural tolerance as it was represented through ornament and ornamentation, built forms, and histories of the Andalusian Islamic empires in Spain. Through analysis and photo documentation of ornamentation and architectural form of gardens, public spaces, mosques, and monuments, Levent’s research of tolerance in the Islamic empires of Andalusia suggest periods of thriving were marked by a desire for cultural integration, social freedoms, and acceptance. Read more about her project here.
The fund was established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden. The prize awards up to $5,000 annually in travel and study grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.
The application deadline is Friday, April 22, 2016, 11:59 P.M. EDT.
For the 2016 call for proposals and competition details, click here.
For a complete list of past winners and funded projects, click here.
For more competition history and features highlighting the work of past Norden grantees through their essays, photographs, and sketches from around the world, click here.
Travel Reports from The Deborah J. Norden Fund, a publication documenting the first ten years of Norden Fund grants, was published in January 2007. To order a copy of the publication, or to ask questions about application submission, call 212.753.1722 ext. 10, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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