The 2007 Travel Fellowship Competition
This opportunity is open to each student who placed as a semifinalist in the 2007 BERKELEY PRIZE Essay Competition.
In 2004, the Berkeley Prize Committee established the Berkeley Prize Travel Fellowship Competition. This new prize recognizes the vital role that exposure to other cultures and environments plays in helping to demonstrate the reality and importance of the social art of architecture.
The top ten Semifinalists for the Berkeley Prize Essay Competition are invited to submit proposals demonstrating how they would use the opportunity to travel to an architecturally-significant destination selected by the Prize Committee. The Travel Fellowship provides round-trip airfare from the city in which the student is studying to the destination and back, and a stipend to cover lodging, food, and incidentals during their stay, normally for three weeks.
The requirements for the Travel Fellowship Proposals are open-ended. The Committee and Travel Fellowship Jury look for both an understanding of the opportunity that is offered, and an understanding of the possible ways in which the student's research into the current year's Prize Topic might be furthered by the travel opportunity.
The winning student will be asked to write a Report on their travels that will be posted on the Berkeley Prize website. Students are also asked to keep a photo diary of their time spent traveling that will also be posted on the website.
THE 2007 TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP
This year's Berkeley Prize Travel Fellowship winner will attend and participate in the Global Studio to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in July, 2007. Global Studio Johannesburg (GSJ) will bring together students, academics and professionals in the city building professions from developing and developed countries to take part in an interdisciplinary studio and forum and related events in Johannesburg in 2007. The Travel Fellowship winner will also be given the opportunity to explore Johannesburg and its environs.
Global Studio provides opportunities to develop new modes of professional education and practice with policy and research implications as well as possibilities for developing networks and partnerships. Global Studio is an on-going teaching and research project headed by Professor Anna Rubbo, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, Australia. GSJ 2007 will be hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
2007 TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP DESTINATION:
Johannesburg, South Africa
First established in 1886 when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg has been rebuilt four times in the past century. It started as a tent town, worked itself up to a tin-shack settlement, then a four-storey Edwardian settlement and finally graduated as a modern city of glass and concrete skyscrapers.
As South Africa's largest city and economic hub it's home to 3.2 million people, including the residents of Soweto. With massive inner-city renewal, the cultural precincts of Newtown and Constitution Hill (the birthplace of democratic South Africa) are of particular interest to architects and urban planners.
Johannesburg contains over 150 heritage sites. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is a 30-45 minute drive from the city.
For more information visit:
South African Tourism
Johannesburg News Agency