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Taubman College announces 2014 Booth Traveling Fellow

James Wilson (M.Arch.’11) has been named the 2014 George G. Booth Traveling Fellow. Wilson will investigate hygge, the Danish principle of close, cozy, conviviality, within the context of an architectural practice promoting human health and wellness. His research will attempt to answer, “What about the socio-cultural space of Denmark fosters wellness and sustainable behavior?"

According to the jury Wilson’s project, titled “HYGGE: The Phenomenology of Danish Social Space,” not only represents an architectural concept that is foreign to the discourse at the college, but it is also a concept that is eminently pertinent to both theoretical and concrete use.

Wilson will produce a book and exhibition that aim to capture the atmospheric, material and ethnographic phenomenology of hygge, suggesting how architecture might contribute to the cultivation of sustainable cultures.

This year’s jurors were Sharon Haar, James Macgillivray and Kit McCullough. For more information about previous winners and eligibility, visit the George G. Booth Traveling Fellowship page.

May 7, 2014


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