09/26/19 USC Architecture Faculty Granted Graham Foundation Awards
The Graham Foundation has announced its grantee projects for 2019, in which it awarded $462,800 to 64 projects by individuals. Two USC School of Architecture faculty received Graham Foundation funding for research projects this year.
Landscape architecture program director Alison Hirsch received a grant for her research entitled “Landscape and ‘the Working Country’: Food Justice and Landscape Ethics in California’s Central Valley.” Focusing on the lower San Joaquin Valley, the study considers the intersections of land, labor, transcultural settlement, mobility and agriculture to arrive at a landscape ethic for the “working country” and its connection to our global food system. It positions landscape architecture as a critical practice with the capacity to lead the effort. An exhibition and catalogue will serve as a call-to-action. For additional information on Hirsch’s project, visit http://grahamfoundation.org/grantees/5913-landscape-and-the-working-country-food-justice-and-landscape-ethics-in-californias-central-valley.
Assistant professor Ginger Nolan has also received a 2019 grant for her book, “Savage Mind/Savage Machine: Design Technics and the Making of Magical Thought,” set for publication in 2020 by University of Minnesota Press. Situated at the intersections of design history, media theory, and race studies, this book demonstrates how constructions of race have been formed through spatial and technological practices. Uncovering a link between the “primitive” and techno-aesthetics, this book examines how racial constructs within modernist design discourse were linked to the 20th century’s expansion of intellectual property in technologically reproducible design. For more information on Nolan’s project, visit http://grahamfoundation.org/grantees/5965-savage-mind-savage-machine-design-technics-and-the-making-of-magical-thought.