2016 Norden Fund Winners

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(left) Mobile surveillance tower in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument along Tohono O’odham Border; (right) Affonso Eduardo Reidy and Carmen Portinho observing the construction of Gávea Housing, Block A, 1952-60, image courtesy of Bonduki, Nabil, and Carmen Portinho. Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Lisboa: Blau, 2000.

The League is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grants:

Bryan Maddock for “A Serpentine Science: Affonso Eduardo Reidy’s Housing Pair” and Caitlin Blanchfield and Nina Kolowratnik for “Deserted Border Lands: Mapping Surveillance along the Tohono O’odham Nation.”

In search of a socially responsive and environmentally sensitive housing typology, Bryan Maddock will travel to Rio de Janeiro to retrace the legacy of architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Reidy’s work took the form of “serpentine” social housing blocks that integrated with the mountainous local topography and sought to “elevate the working class both physically and symbolically.” Tragically, Reidy died at the age of 55, and his work, both built and rendered, did not fare well in the authoritarian state that developed after his death. Many of the architect’s original documents were destroyed and his buildings fell into disrepair. Maddock will conduct comprehensive surveys of the landscape where Reidy’s buildings are still extant in hopes of reconstructing an online visual archive of this work through drawings, video, and text. Maddock hopes to illuminate how Reidy’s work “serves as proof that architecture can operate as a fantastic offense for the renewed city.” He received his Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture and will study architecture and urban studies at the University of Cambridge in the coming year. He currently works as a project designer for Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

With the support of the Norden Fund, Caitlin Blanchfield and Nina Kolowratnik will travel to the border between Sonora, Mexico and the Tohono O’odham reservation near the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. The team will investigate this complex boundary as it is subject to increasingly aggressive border security measures that impose surveillance on sacred lands and restrict the movement of the Tohono O’odam people. Through a series of interviews, a community workshop, drawings, and an accompanying article, Blanchfield and Kolowratnik will use interdisciplinary methodologies to explore “ issues of spatial politics in border regions, indigenous rights, and critical landscape discourse.” Both Caitlin Blanchfield and Nina Kolowratnik received Master of Science degrees in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University. Blanchfield is the managing editor at The Avery Review, and Kolowratnik works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School for Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.