The Graham Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Carter Manny Award. Since the establishment of this award in 1996, the Graham Foundation has awarded over $700,000 to support promising scholars whose doctoral projects shape contemporary discourse about architecture and significantly impact the field. Two Carter Manny Awards are given each year, one for dissertation research and one for dissertation writing.
The winner of the 2015 Carter Manny Award for research and a $15,000 award is Jesse Lockard, a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, for her dissertation A City Is Not A Picture: Yona Friedman, 1945–2015. Lockard’s dissertation examines the French architect’s pioneering theories of participatory design and architectural imagery, analyzing how tensions between Friedman’s theoretical and pictorial practices inspired his invention of pictographic languages and drove his experimentation with postwar technologies and new media in the 1960s and '70s.
The winner of the 2015 Carter Manny Award for writing and a $20,000 award is Vanessa Grossman, a PhD candidate at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. Grossman’s dissertation, A Concrete Alliance: Modernism, Communism, and the Design of Urban France, 1958–1981, unveils the powerful coalition that formed in the postwar era between architects and the French Communist Party, which served as a critical agent in the massive reshaping of French cities.
Additionally, five students have been awarded Citations of Special Recognition for their dissertation projects, which include: an examination of the design pedagogy at VKhUTEMAS (Higher Art and Technical Studios) in Moscow in the 1920s and '30s; an investigation of architects’ use of terra cotta to create fireproof buildings in the late 19th-century U.S.; research on the craftsmen and building culture that produced Richmond, Virginia’s colonial and antebellum urban landscape; a study of mechanical drawing and the relationship between body and machine at the dawn of America's Industrial Revolution; and an interpretation of architectural “miniatures” in medieval China.
The winners and citations were selected after a competitive panel review of 41 applications from doctoral students throughout the U.S. and Canada who were nominated by their departments for the award.
The Graham Foundation offers this annual award in honor of Carter H. Manny and his long and distinguished service to the foundation since its inception in 1956, first as a Trustee, then as the Director from 1971, and since his retirement in 1993, as Director Emeritus.
To read more about the 2015 Carter Manny Award winners, click here.
2015 CARTER MANNY AWARD WINNERS
A City Is Not A Picture: Yona Friedman, 1945–2015
University of Chicago, Department of Art History
A Concrete Alliance: Modernism, Communism, and the Design of Urban France, 1958–1981
Princeton University, School of Architecture
CITATIONS OF SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Teaching Architecture to the Masses: VKhUTEMAS, 1920–1930
Yale University, School of Architecture
"Cities Unburnable!" Terra Cotta and the Architecture of Fire Safety in America, 1871–1916
University of Michigan, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
The City at the Falls: Building Culture in Richmond, Virginia, 1730–1860
College of William and Mary, Department of History
Drawing Machines: The Mechanics of Art in the Early Republic
Harvard University, Department of the History of Art and Architecture
A Grain of Sand: Yingzao Fashi and the Miniaturization of Chinese Architecture
University of Southern California, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Image: Yona Friedman, collage on a postcard visualizing a Spatial City over Paris, 1960, Paris. Collection of Centre Georges Pompidou. Courtesy of Adagp.
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts announces its 2014 Grants to Individuals, which will award over $520,000 to 68 projects that demonstrate innovative and thought-provoking ideas in architecture. The new grantees comprise a diverse and multi-disciplinary group of U.S. and internationally-based architects, designers, artists, scholars, writers, curators, and others, who were selected from a competitive pool of more than 700 applicants representing 40 countries. The grants will provide direct support to individuals for the research, development, and presentation of publications, exhibitions, films, new media initiatives, and other programs.
For a complete list of the 2014 Grants to Individuals and the grantee project pages, click here.
Image: Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Architects, "Gordon Robertson School Building, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada," 1973. Photo: Guy Gérin-Lajoie. From the 2014 Graham Foundation Individual Grant to Lola Sheppard & Mason White for "Many Norths: Spatial Practices in a Shifting Territory."
2014 Grants to Organizations Deadline
The application for the Graham Foundation’s 2014 Grants to Organizations is now available. Starting in 2014, the application for Grants to Organizations will be a one-stage process. The deadline to submit the application is February 25, 2014.
Organizations with eligible projects are invited to apply for a Production and Presentation Grant for projects that begin after September 15, 2014.
For more information about our grantmaking, to learn if your project is eligible for funding, and to access the application, see our grant guidelines.
In 2013, the Graham Foundation awarded more than $400,000 to 40 projects by organizations. You can browse these and other recently funded projects here.
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Carter Manny Award. Ginger Nolan (Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation) is the winner of the writing award and a $20,000 grant for her dissertation Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Disciplines and Techniques of Creativity, 1880–1985. Sophie Hochhäusl (Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning) is the recipient of the research award and a $15,000 grant for her dissertation Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953.
In addition, five students merited Citations of Special Recognition for their dissertation projects, whose diverse range includes a study of the intersection of surrealism and housing projects in mid-twentieth century Buenos Aires and an examination of the architecture of parish hall churches in medieval England.
These exceptional proposals were selected after a competitive review of 44 applications from doctoral students enrolled in schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. The review panel for the 2013 Carter Manny Award included Romi Crawford, Associate Professor, Visual and Critical Studies and Africana Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Timothy Hyde, Associate Professor of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and Mark Linder, Associate Professor, Chancellor’s Fellow in the Humanities, Syracuse University School of Architecture.
This annual award program recognizes outstanding doctoral-level work on architectural topics by providing substantial funding for dissertation writing and research. The Foundation offers this prestigious annual award in honor of Carter H. Manny and his long and distinguished service to the Graham Foundation. Manny has served the foundation since its inception in 1956, first as a Trustee, then as the Director from 1971, and since his retirement in 1993, as Director Emeritus.
CARTER MANNY AWARD - WRITING
Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Disciplines and Techniques of Creativity, 1880–1985
Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
An examination of how nineteenth- and twentieth-century architects and technological designers imagined the techniques of an allegedly primitive or originary intelligence as a way of developing new processes of design.
CARTER MANNY AWARD - RESEARCH
Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953
Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
This dissertation investigates the prehistory, construction and afterlife of Austrian settlements and allotment gardens, which, defined by inhabitant-builders and modern architects alike, gave rise to alternative economic models, organizational practices and technologies in the state of emergency.
CITATION OF SPECIAL RECOGNITION - WRITING
Domestic Architecture on the English Renaissance Stage
Boston College, English Department
Lines of Utility: Outlines, Architecture, and Design in Britain, c. 1800
Princeton University, Department of Art & Archaeology
Southern Surrealisms: Buenos Aires, 1936–1956
ANA MARÍA LEÓN CRESPO
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture
CITATION OF SPECIAL RECOGNITION - RESEARCH
Heritage of the Red Orient: Theories and Practices of Architectural Conservation in Soviet Central Asia
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture
The Parish Hall-Churches of Norwich: Architecture and Identity in Late Medieval England
Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology
To read more about the Carter Manny Award, including descriptions of this year’s winning projects and a complete list of past award recipients, click here.
Image: Small Garden, Settlement, and Housing Exposition, 1923, Vienna. Courtesy of Austrian League of Allotment Gardeners. From the 2013 Carter Manny Award to Sophie Hochhäusl for Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953.
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts is pleased to announce its 2011 Grants to Individuals. Over $500,000 was awarded to 69 grantees. The grantees, who represent a diverse national and international community of architects, scholars, writers, artists, designers, curators, and others, were selected after a highly competitive application process from a pool of over 500 submissions. The awards, up to $15,000 each, will support publications, exhibitions, films, new media initiatives, public programs, and research.
“The direct support of individuals has been an important part of the Graham Foundation’s grant program since its inception,” says Sarah Herda, director of the Graham Foundation. “It is thrilling to carry on this long tradition of support for individuals, whose projects both expand and strengthen the scope of contemporary architectural discourse by engaging a broad range of socio-political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues.”
Over its 55-year history, the Graham Foundation has awarded more than 3,900 grants to individuals and organizations—totaling over 32 million dollars.
For a complete list of all 2011 Individual Grantee Projects, click here.
The Inquiry Form for 2012 Grants to Individuals will be available on the Graham Foundation website on July 15, 2011. This form represents the first stage of a two-stage application process. The deadline to submit the Inquiry Form is September 15, 2011.
For more information about Graham Foundation grant programs, click here.
Igor Marjanovich and Katerina Ruedi Ray discussed their recently published book, Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision, in an interview on PBS NewsHour's art blog, ART BEAT.
Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation in 2009. The foundation hosted a book launch and signing with the authors last June.
David M. P. Freund's award winning book, Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America, illuminates the government’s powerful yet still-hidden role in the segregation of U.S. cities and presents a dramatic new vision of metropolitan growth, segregation, and white identity in modern America. The book was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation and received the Ellis W. Hawley Prize, the UHA-Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American Urban History, and the Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award. Visit the University of Chicago Press for more information.
This year—the Serpentine's 40th Anniversary—the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. The Pavilion will open on July 10 on the Serpentine Gallery lawn and operate as a public space, café, and venue for public talks and events. Jean Nouvel will be discussing the groundbreaking design of the Pavilion at a talk on Monday, July 12 at 5pm. The Pavilion will remain open through October.
This project was supported by a 2010 grant from the Graham Foundation.
Watch the video with commentary by the architect, Julia Peyton-Jones, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
The new monograph edited by John Caserta and Lynnette Widder documents houses and public buildings by architect Ira Rakatansky. A former student of Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, Rakatansky became a pioneer of modernism in New England. The book features photographs, drawings, and essays by historian Joan Ockman and co-editor Lynnette Widder. Contemporary photographs are by Thad Russell and John Caserta.
To purchase a copy of the book visit William Stout Architectural Books.
Sam Lubell of The Architect’s Newspaper described A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome as a "riveting new documentary" that "manages not only to make engineering sexy and preservation politics compelling, but succinctly tells the tale of one of the most tragic architectural plunderings in recent memory." Watch the film trailer below and visit www.handcraftedfilms.com for more on the project.
Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary will be on view at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from June 17 through October 17, 2010. The show explores the fundamental role of drawing in the work of Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), one of the most important avant-garde composers of the late twentieth century.
The Seductiveness of the Interval
May 02 – June 27, 2010
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418
Chicago, Illinois 60637
The work of three Romanian artists--Stefan Constantinescu, Andrea Faciu and Ciprian Muresan--is exhibited in a two-story architectural structure designed by studio BASAR specifically for that purpose. The project was originally presented at the Romanian Pavilion of the 2009 Venice Biennale. This exhibition was supported by the Graham Foundation
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