The twelfth annual RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship 2018 has been awarded to Steven Hutt from the University of Greenwich for his project titled “East of Eden”. The £7000 scholarship is awarded to a student of architecture to complete international research on a topic and location of their choice with a focus relating to the survival of our towns and cities. Hutt’s project will take him into the mega-cities of East Asia where he will study urban and natural environmental interactions for the building of more sustainable cities in the future. His trip will begin in Taiwan at the Sanzhi Pod City (otherwise known as UFO houses) where the dilapidated resort town has allowed the flourishing of five new species of orchid mantis. He will continue through China’s Pearl River Delta, into Shanghai, Beijing, and South Korea to investigate local infrastructure and cultural attitudes to urban wildlife in these areas. Hutt’s last leg of the trip will be to cycle from Fukuoka to Tokyo in Japan
This year saw the highest quantity of entries to the scholarship, which made choosing from the extremely high standard difficult. Hutt’s entry was chosen for its relevance to the increasing urbanisation of Asia and the globe as the necessity of study into the cohabitation of humans and urban wildlife correspondingly increases. The jury was chaired by Lord Foster and comprised Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President, Farshid Moussavi, Founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture, Yemi Aladerun, Associate at Barbara Weiss Architects and Spencer de Grey and Narinder Sagoo of Foster + Partners.
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Image of Steven Hutt courtesy of Foster + Partners.