ARCTIC DESIGN GROUP AWARDED FUNDING TO SUPPORT ONGOING COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN DESIGN AND SCIENCE

UVA School of Architecture’s Arctic Design Group, led by Assistant Professors Leena Cho (Landscape Architecture) and Matthew Jull(Architecture), was recently awarded two grants in support of interdisciplinary research on the Arctic. The National Science Foundation’s Navigating New Arctic (NNA) Grant program has awarded the team $100,000 for Bridging Science, Art and Community, to develop a new Arctic Research Platform at UVA.

This project includes UVA Department of Environmental Sciences faculty, Howard Epstein and Department of Music faculty, Matthew Burtner. Drawing together an interdisciplinary team with overlapping areas of expertise in science, music and design, the project proposes to leverage the unique perspectives of these disciplines to broaden their impact and outreach within communities in the rapidly changing Arctic region. “The endorsement from NSF helps validate our hunch that music technology and creative research can contribute to scientific inquiry and climate change science, particularly through expansion of the broader impacts of science,” Burtner said.

Additionally, Arctic Design Group was recently awarded a UVA Resilience Institute CoLab Grant for $25,000, again in collaboration with Howard Epstein in the Department of Environmental Sciences and with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (with faculty, Arsalan Heydarian). This project titled, Promoting Resilience of Arctic Cities and Landscapes, will help to support among other initiatives, the hiring of a post-doctoral research fellow in the area of sensing technologies. The project will develop sensor-based networks to explore environmental conditions within and around cities in the Arctic.