July 30, 2020 - Graham Foundation - Announcing the 2020 Grants to Individuals and next Open Call for New Ideas
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July 30, 2020
July 30, 2020

Graham Foundation

Miriam Hillawi Abraham, 2019. 3-D generated terrain of Lalibela region in Ethiopia. Courtesy the artist. From the 2020 Individual grant to Miriam Hillawi Abraham for Abyssinian Cyber Vernaculus 


Announcing the 2020 Grants to Individuals and next Open Call for New Ideas

Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

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The Graham Foundation is honored to announce the award of 52 new grants in support of critical projects that tackle contemporary issues, broaden historical perspectives, and explore the future of architecture and the designed environment through research, exhibitions, publications, films, digital initiatives, and other inventive formats. Selected from an open call that resulted in over 600 submissions, the 2020 grantee cohort includes individuals working worldwide in cities such Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bogotá, Columbia; Cape Town, South Africa; Lahore, Pakistan; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and US cities such as Atlanta, Georgia; Newport News, Virginia; and Chicago, Illinois, where the Graham Foundation is based. Join us in celebrating, learning from, and following the development of the ideas put forth by the 2020 grantees. Please find a complete list of our new grantees below, each linked to a dedicated project page on our website. 

As the Graham approaches its 65th year of grantmaking and public programming, we are committed to supporting ideas that strive to transform and expand our understanding of architecture and its relevance. Now more than ever, support for challenging ideas is essential to realize change. We invite you to share your ideas with us and apply for a grant this fall. For more information about the Graham Foundation’s grants, and to learn if your project is eligible for funding, visit grahamfoundation.org. To apply for a 2021 Grant to Individuals, you must submit an Inquiry Form by September 15, 2020. 

Cathy Hsiao, Mother’s House 孃家 | Architecture for Water Cannon Blue 水砲藍
Prem Krishnamurthy, ‘Future of Futures’ (Scene 1: Nottingham Contemporary)
Figure: James Leng and Jennifer Ly, Veil Craft
Zoe Leonard, Al Rio/The River
Future Firm: Ann Lui and Craig Reschke, The Night Gallery: Wonderland
Alex Martínez Suárez, Jaragua no cae

Film, Video, and New Media Projects
Miriam Hillawi Abraham, Abyssinian Cyber Vernaculus 
Rossella Biscotti, The City 
Jay Cephas, Black Architects Archive
Killian Doherty and Edward Lawrenson, Salone Drift
Maxwell Mutanda, (In)Voluntary Mutations
Jess Myers, Here There Be Dragons, Season Three: Stockholm
Fred Schmidt-Arenales, Committee of Six
Clarissa Tossin, Mojo’q che b’ixan ri ixkanulab’/Antes de que los Volcanes Canten/Before the Volcanoes Sing

Stan Allen, Situated Objects
Julie Ault, Hidden in Plain Sight: Selected Writings of Karin Higa
Shiben Banerji, Lineages of the Global City: Occult Modernism and the Spiritualization of Democracy
Besler & Sons: Erin Besler and Ian Besler, Best Practices
Greg Castillo and Lee Stickells, Design Radicals: Spaces of Bay Area Counterculture
Lawrence Chua, Bangkok Utopia: Modern Architecture and Buddhist Felicities, 1910–1973
Joseph L. Clarke, Echo's Chambers: Architecture and the Idea of Acoustic Space
Stephanie Cristello, Barbara Kasten: Architecture & Film (2015–2020)
Neven Fuchs, Stefano Graziani, and Aleksandra Ognjanov, Sverre Fehn Architecture
Aglaya K. Glebova, Aleksandr Rodchenko and Photography in the Age of Stalin
Nicolas Grospierre, A House for Culture
Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani, Agitated Waters: Migration, Borders, and Activism in the Wake of the Mediterranean Spring
Nana Last, Archive Matrix Assembly: The Photography of Thomas Struth 
Roberta Marcaccio, The Hero of Doubt 
Sarah M. Miller, Documentary in Dispute: The Original Manuscript of Changing New York by Berenice Abbott and Elizabeth McCausland
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, The Miasmist: George E. Waring, Jr. and the Sanitary Landscape 
John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation 
Spyros Papapetros and Gerd Zillner, Frederick Kiesler's Magic Architecture: The Story of Human Housing
Christina Schwenkel, Building Socialism: The Afterlife of East German Design in Urban Vietnam 
Delia Duong Ba Wendel, Rwanda's Genocide Heritage: Between Memory and Sovereignty

Pak Khawateen Painting Club: Malika Abbas, Saulat Ajmal, Amna Hashmi, Saba Khan, Natasha Malik, Zohreen Murtaza, and Emaan Shaikh, Barrages and the Fragmentation of the River Indus
Anthony Acciavatti, Building a Republic of Villages
Christina E. Crawford, Atlanta Housing Interplay: Expanding the Interwar Housing Map
Ghazal Jafari, Rivers of Power
Andrés Jaque and Bart-Jan Polman, OFFSHORECRACY: A Study of How Offshore Regimes Act Architecturally
Gelare Khoshgozaran, Inviolable Exteriors
Jorge L. Lizardi Pollock, Wicked Colonial Nostalgias: Power, Tragedy, and Heritage-Making in Caribbean Cities
Kera Lovell, The People’s Park: Work, the Body, and the Built Environment in Radical Postwar Placemaking
Jessica Lynne, Drafts for an Epic
Geoff Manaugh, Invisible Cities: Architecture's Geophysical Turn
Kareem Rabie, Everywhere in the World there is a Chinatown; in China there is a Khaliltown
Juana Salcedo, A Cartography of Interconnection: Jaguars, Humans, and the Redesign of Urbanscapes in the Americas
Beatriz A. Santos, The “Race Colony:” An Architectural Threshold to the Realization of Freedom
Ishita Shah, Revisiting India’s Architectural History: Tracing the Women Practitioners of Twentieth Century India
Kirsten Swenson, Public Works: Land Art and Urban Redevelopment
Jina Valentine, The Exhibit of American Negroes, Revisited
Oliver Wainwright, The New Utopias
Ed Wall, Expanding Architectural Operations

Grants to Individuals Inquiry Form Due September 15, 2020
For more information about the Graham Foundation’s grants and to learn if your project is eligible for funding, visit grahamfoundation.org.
About the Graham Foundation
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. For updates on our programming and grantees, join our mailing list

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