The Deborah J. Norden Fund 2014

Kerry O’Connor: "The Plečnik Projects: Public Experience and the Section of Water”

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.

“The Plečnik Projects: Public Experience and the Section of Water”

In 2014, the Architectural League awarded one grant to Kerry O’Connor for the project, “The Plečnik Projects: Public Experience and the Section of Water.” O’Conner traveled to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to study architect Jože Plečnik’s infrastructural systems along the Ljubljanica and Gradaščica rivers. His project examined Plečnik’s approaches to the water edge and the relationship between water and the city.

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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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Eric Sanderson on the ecological history of Manhattan

Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (2009), details the previously rich ecology of Manhattan or Mannahatta, “land of many hills,” and the disruption of natural systems following European settlement in the 17th century as part of The Five Thousand Pound Life: Land conference.