Events + Media

2013 Fellows: John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship

Wednesday, 02/26/14 03/07/14
108 Wurster Hall

Exhibition Dates:

February 24-March 7, 2014

Location & Hours:

Architecture Gallery (108 Wurster Hall)
M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lecture & Opening Reception:

Wednesday,  February 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in 112 Wurster Hall. Prospective applicants for the 2015 Branner Fellowship are especially encouraged to attend.

Exhibition Description:

The John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship has been a hallmark of CED's M.Arch. program since it was established in 1971. The 12-month fellowship supports the exploration of a particular architectural question or issue that may later be expanded as a thesis. From 1974, when the first fellowships were awarded, to the present, a total of 179 students have received the Branner Fellowship.

The 2013 Branner Fellows Exhibit and Lecture surveys the experiences and findings of John Flaherty and Stathis Gerostathopoulos, who returned to CED in January after a year of travel. The 2013 Branner Fellows Lecture is part of the Architecture Spring 2014 Lecture Series.

2013 Branner Fellows:

Architecture and the Ascetic

John Flaherty, Architecture and the Ascetic

During his Branner Fellowship, John sought to explore the possibility for an architecture of "degrowth." Humans have an unmistakable propensity for consumption. Yet for thousands of years, most peculiar individuals, ascetics, have chosen to rid themselves of every possession, wander off into isolation, and make desperate attempts to resist the basic instinct to consume. It is hypothesized that a varied and diverse collection of strategies for designing spaces of minimal consumption can be found embedded in the built environments of monasteries.

Cat on a Hot Green Roof

Stathis Gerostathopoulos, Cat on a Hot Green Roof

Stathis is an M.Arch student with a background in art history and theater. Over the course of 2013, Stathis attempted to look at the urban roof-scape as a network of open public spaces. With a booming global population and a demand for greater urban density, the city of the future will grow higher and further away from the ground level. How are above-ground connections established in different contexts around the world? And what if we understood the existing roofs of the city as constituting a new ground plane?