Grant: GRAFT Travel Grant 2020

In 2020, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler are again awarding two travel grants (3.000€ each) to fund study or project trips of students (BA, MA, Ph.D) dealing with climate change and its consequences for the built environment. Proposals can be submitted until 29 February 2020 to media@graftlab.com.

The selection committee, comprising the politician Marianne Birthler (former Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic), Peter Cachola Schmal (director of the DAM – Deutsche Architekturmuseum) and the three founding partners of GRAFT, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit, will decide jointly on the grant based on the documents submitted by the applicants.

Please visit graftlab.com/fellowship for details on the application process.

CLIMATE CHANGE Travel Grants 2020. Man-made climate change confronts us with a multitude of conflicts and dangers that challenge and question our way of life as individuals and in society. As architects, we bear particular responsibility for drastically reducing CO2 emissions in the construction industry, which currently account for 40 percent of all CO2 emissions. We need to rethink planning and construction practice in such a way that it no longer contributes to dangerously spiralling global warming and at the same time addresses new spatial requirements. In the awareness that this is a global problem, the travel grants aim to support projects that act across national borders to find solutions to phenomena caused by climate change.

The GRAFT Travel Grant 2020 aims to support work that deals with built, physical or even strategic interventions aimed at overcoming global warming or its consequences.

Inspired by the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS, such works can also deal with current debates on nations, protectionism and division; for example with regard to migration patterns arising from climate change, or with associated aspects of climate justice.

Reflecting the spirit of collaboration between the politician Marianne Birthler and GRAFT, the grant aims particularly at applicants who address not only the topic outlined above, but also its means of implementation from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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