The Deborah J. Norden Fund 2013

Jeffery J. Roberson: “Dom Hans Van der Laan and the Plastic Number”
Alice Colverd and Alexander McLean: “Tokyo’s Pantry: Tsukiji and the Commodification of Market Culture”

The Deborah J. Norden Fund, a program of The Architectural League of New York, was established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden. The competition awards up to $5,000 annually in travel grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.

In 2013, the League awarded two grants: one to Jeffery J. Roberson for “Dom Hans Van der Laan and the Plastic Number” and the other to Alice Colverd and Alexander McLean for “Tokyo’s Pantry: Tsukiji and the Commodification of Market Culture.”

“Dom Hans Van der Laan and the Plastic Number”

Jeffery J. Roberson traveled 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.”

“Tokyo’s Pantry: Tsukiji and the Commodification of Market Culture”

Alice Colverd and Alexander McLean mapped and studied Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, which was recently slated for relocation in preparation for the city’s bid for the Olympic games. Their project documented 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.”

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About the Deborah J. Norden Fund

The Deborah J. Norden Fund

An annual competition that awards travel grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies

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