Places Awarded Graham Foundation Grant for “Repair Manual”

Clockwise from top left: Nina Katchadourian, Mended Spiderweb #19 (Laundry Line), 1998, from the series Mended Spiderwebs; Brooklyn Bridge Painters, New York City, 1915; Virginia Hanusik, “Yscloskey Highway, Saint Bernard, Louisiana,” 2016; Bart Lumber, “Drought,” 2006.
Clockwise from top left: Nina Katchadourian, Mended Spiderweb #19 (Laundry Line), 1998, from the series Mended Spiderwebs. [Courtesy Nina Katchadourian and Catharine Clark Gallery]; Brooklyn Bridge Painters, New York City, 1915. [Wikimedia, public domain]; Virginia Hanusik, Yscloskey Highway, Saint Bernard, Louisiana, 2016. [Courtesy Virginia Hanusik]; Bart Lumber, Drought, 2006. [Courtesy Bart Lumber via Flickr, public domain]

We are pleased to report that Places has been awarded a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to support Repair Manual, a new series that will explore the socio-technical transformation poised to reshape design: the paradigm shift from building the world to repairing the world.

In line with our editorial mission, Places will commission public scholars and independent journalists to explore how this paradigm shift will affect the built environment and create new mandates for the design disciplines. How might professions premised on growth and consumption — new buildings, new landscapes — adapt to the exigencies of ecosystem overload? To an overburdened world in which the maintenance of existing structures and landscapes will be more valuable, environmentally and socially, than the creation of new ones?

In this latest grants cycle, the Graham Foundation awarded $471,500 to 45 organizations around the world for initiatives including exhibitions, publications, digital projects, and public presentations. In the Foundation’s words, “Together, these organizations support the work of eminent and emerging architects, artists, designers, critics, curators, scholars, and others, to explore new possibilities for the field and engage practitioners and publics worldwide.”