Chloe Loader, a second-year student from the University of Lincoln's School of Architecture and Design, has been named the winner of the 2017 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship. Loader won the award for her proposal, 'Emerging Cities: Sustainable Planning in the Global South.'
The annual £7,000 student scholarship enables its recipient to travel and research the future survival of our cities and communities. Chloe's travels will start in Curitiba, Brazil, where she will study how the city has developed as a successful urban model, despite large influxes of rural migrants. She will then travel to Mumbai and Jakarta, two cities she will use as case studies, to compare and contrast with Curitiba. After establishing how the three cities have dealt with the pressures of rapid urbanisation, Chloe will identify ways in which other cities of similar economics and demographics could evolve. She will conclude by investigating potential design methods for urban development that engage individuals and communities.
"Once again, the entries for the award demonstrated an exceptional range of scholarship and research. The jury thoroughly enjoyed deliberating over each one of them, and Chloe Loader's proposal to study the development of Curitiba stood out for its simplicity and immediacy," commented Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners. "I believe the lessons she will learn will have a direct relevance to other cities in the global south, addressing the pressing need for sustainable development worldwide. I look forward to seeing her project develop in the coming months."