Scott Traveling Fellowship Recipients are coming back to present their research! Please join Kirsten (MLA), Alexa (BA LA), and Peter (MLA) on Monday November 13 at 6:00pm in 315A Wurster.
About the Award
The objective of the fellowship is to provide sufficient funds to an outstanding student of the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, for significant travel after graduation. The concept of significant travel does not imply geographical extent, but a clear travel objective is essential, and preferably should include at least one cultural milieu different than that of the Fellow. This cultural milieu typically is but need not be outside the United States.
The amount of the award will be substantial enough, in the words of the benefactress, to be “sufficient in itself to provide for a modest living and travel expense” for approximately six months. “It is the donor’s aim … that selected students may, early in their careers, have the opportunity to travel, observe, and study.”
Vanishing Andean Glaciers
Tropical glaciers in the Andes Range of South America are particularly valuable indicators (proxy data) of climate change due to their greater climatic sensitivity than mid and high-latitude glaciers. Glaciers in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia act as important freshwater reserves and anticipated glacial shrinkage will have an immediate and severe impact on drinking water, crop irrigation, and electricity generated from hydroelectric plants. This study applies remote sensing and GIS technologies to monitor tropical glacial trends and investigate adaptation capacities for water management in Andean cities such as Quito, Lima, and La Paz.
A Grand Tour of Europe
A grand tour of European gardens and public spaces, inspired by the teachings of Chip Sullivan, served as the student’s first trip to Europe as an undergraduate. Six countries were visited in thirty days: England, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, and Spain, with sites ranging from Stonehenge to Parc Guell. Sensory experiences were gathered through an agglomeration of watercolor sketches of each site visited (just over 20), color palette studies, photographs, and written musings to come to a full visual study and understanding of each site of interest. This is in no way an exhaustive guide to all relevant, historical European landscapes, but it attempts to take a sampling of relevant sites highlighted in previous studies as an undergraduate, in order for the student to see these sites in person rather than on the presentation screen or pages of a book. The goal was to look past the typical use of the camera lens as the sole documentation of travels to do a thorough study through quick field sketching and color palette studies as well as recording of sensory experience through writing. The student hoped to expand upon her interests in sensory and visual studies of the landscape, to discover why these sites are so successful, to collect them thoroughly as precedents, and to apply their principles to her own designs.
Gradients of Wilderness
The idea of wilderness takes on many meanings in different cultures, climates, and contexts. Several gradients of European Wilderness include human disturbed landscapes as opposed to the American idea of a "Pristine" Wilderness. This allows for a greater variety of environments to be valued for their wild nature and fused with an anthropological history of place.