GRAFT Travel Grant 2020

GRAFT (an architecture firm with offices in the US, Germany and China) and the politician Marianne Birthler have opened applications for the Graft Travel Grants. Two grants will be made to fund study or project trips that deal with the topic of climate change and its consequences for the built environment. Work funded by the grant must be completed by December 2020. The results will be presented in January 2021.

The GRAFT Travel Grant 2020 aims to support work that will deal with built, physical or even strategic interventions aimed at overcoming global warming or its consequences. 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. Other potential funding topics include analyses of or responses to extreme weather events, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, the protection of flora and fauna, or material and energy innovations at different scales. These may have an urban planning, architectural, political or social focus.

Research work conducted as part of such projects should have a transformative artistic or creative aspect, i.e. be more than merely documentary. These transformation processes can be presented in the form of models, designs, media installations, animations, photographic works or other similar formats.

The grant is aimed particularly at applicants who address not only the topic outlined above but also its means of implementation from an interdisciplinary perspective. Especially welcome are collaborative projects that consider their topic in a broader socio-political context and bring together different approaches, backgrounds and strategies to leverage their full potential. Preference will be given to projects that are themselves climate-conscious in their approach, use of materials and means of mobility.

Group applications are permissible providing all members of the group meet the conditions for participation. The grant funding of 3000€ is independent of the number of participants.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Bachelor, master’s or diploma students around the world.

  • Master’s and diploma graduates who have completed their studies within the last two years.

  • Doctoral students.

Deadline: 29 February 2020

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