Eidlitz Fellowship Research Projects
Established by Sadie Boulton Eidlitz in 1938, the Robert James Eidlitz Travel Fellowships "... are intended to assist recipients in supplementing their professional education through travel study. Eidlitz funding may be used to defray expenses incurred in traveling, including airfare and other transportation costs, lodging, meals, immunizations, the cost of required travel documents including passports and visas, entrance fees to museums and other sites, travel insurance, and other expenses such as photographic film, maps, and photocopying."
The scope of exhibited research projects highlights the importance of contextualization, not only as it relates to proposed travel plans, but as an intellectual tether to one's architectural education. It is both a continuation of an existing project and a coalescence of new thought; a reflection of curious interrogation inspiring and informing the ways we observe, analyze, and process our environments, both close by and halfway around the world. They may pose questions saturated in realism or hovering in the realm of dreams, but always press at the boundaries of ephemerality; seldom do recipients return absolved of wonder. Rather, the documented stories transform into networks, rituals, politics, individuals, and contemporary histories — architectural wonders.
Projects explore how American coastlines succumb to environmental degradation via architectural intervention; imagine how an architectural typology expresses the quality of place through form and taste; reflect on the sociopolitical implications of living along the southern border of the U.S.; track the urban, demographic, and social impact of increasingly dense metropolitan conditions; record sublime, implicit geometries of light as shaped through the eyes of an architect and an artist; travel across time and space to thread together 20th century and contemporary Minimalist icons; examine the constructed interconnectivity between socialist housing and market forces in eastern Europe; collect experiences by interrogating the trajectory of suburban Tokyo's domestic architectural evolution; study the consequence of politically charged border dynamics and the subsequent creation of linimal spaces; muse on the latent, unbuilt potential of an isolated housing typology in northern Europe; roadtrip across the country to chronicle the state of design-build trends coupled with their cultural roots; draw upon the intimate qualities of libraries to deepen our relationships with books and one another; ride parallel tracks to document contemporary urban and political border disparities in North America; discover the rituals behind traditional water systems and their potential to render multiple realities; follow the exchange of ideological blight and urban delight between socialist Europe and communist Vietnam; investigate contextual tensions surrounding the development of one minority's public vernacular constructs; analyze the trajectory of spatial themes notably characterized in one artist's painting series; and unravel an Italian architect's rigorous, Modernist upbringings to archive future educational material.