Clarence S. Stein Institute Names Fellowship Recipients

June 12, 2015

The Clarence S. Stein Institute has announced their 2015 fellowship awards recipients. This year's winners include Dorothy Wong, a practitioner living in Los Angeles; Katelin Olson, a Ph.D. candidate in CRP; the team of Mary Corbin Sies and Isabelle Gournay (University of Maryland), and Robert Freestone (University of New South Wales); and Design Connect, a student-run, community design organization that offers practical experience to students through partnering with local municipalities and nonprofit organizations that may not have the resources to hire professionals. The fellowship awards are given out by the institute each year to projects related to the ideas and works of Clarence S. Stein that fall into the categories of research, teaching, or community service. Stein was an architect, urban planner, and leader of the Garden Cities movement whose aim was to integrate urban develop and nature to create more sustainable communities.

Wong will use her fellowship to fund a project titled "First Step in the Implementation of the National Park Service's HALS, HABS, and GIS/GPS Programs for the Stein National Historic Landmark Garden Cities." Inclusion in these documentation programs is the first step in developing a comprehensive disaster response plan for the Garden Cities. The proposal includes working with FEMA and the National Park Service to have select cities included in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS). Five Stein Garden Cities across the country and three sites in New York City will be included.

Olson's fellowship will fund her dissertation titled "Adapting the City: Ethnic and Immigrant Integration in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood." Citing Stein's questions of how to adapt the existing industrial American city in the early 20th century, Olson will explore whether his same themes resonate a century later, and whether these ideas can be updated to help revitalize the aged residential building stock of Buffalo, New York, and insure the continuation of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood as a haven of affordable housing.

The fellowship awarded to Sies, Gournay, and Freestone, the editors of The Afterlife of Iconic Planned Communities: Heritage, Preservation, and Challenges of Change, will be used for the publication of 16 color plates of images and design enhancements to improve the legibility and presentation of images throughout the book. The Afterlife of Iconic Planned Communities explores the 21st century fortunes of intentional 19th and 20th century communities around the globe. The editors conceived the volume as the beginning of an international conversation in the spirit of Clarence Stein on whether to conserve these iconic places as they evolve, and how to preserve the spirit and practical value of their socially progressive plans. The book is scheduled for released in June 2016.

Design Connect will use their fellowship to extend their community impact by reaching out to some of their previous clients to discuss how recently completed projects can be expanded with a second phase and longer-term goals. The two specific projects identified in their award proposal include the work in the communities of Candor, a pavilion and plaza design project; and Geneva, a non-automotive transportation analysis and design project.

In addition to the fellowship awards, the Clarence S. Stein Institute also supports speakers, symposiums, and other events related to the work of Clarence Stein and the issues that engaged and interested him.

By Rebecca Bowes

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