Marcus Farr '99: Fulbright Scholar
There is no question: the world’s urban areas are growing. Fast. And with rapid growth comes a desperate need for housing and accommodations. Unfortunately, many cities’ methods of development leave their surrounding environments depleted of resources or otherwise negatively affected.
Marcus Farr, a 1999 graduate of Drury’s architecture program and now an associate professor of architecture at American University of Sharjah, wants to move the conversation of sustainability in architecture forward. Recently named a 2019 Fulbright Scholar, Farr is headed to Tianjin, China to conduct research on traditional building practices in China’s Yangtze Delta region in hopes of discovering practices that could be applied to the rapid development happening in that area today.
The Yangtze Delta region, an area made up of the Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces on China’s eastern coast, easily earns the title of China’s most populous and economically developed area. Over the past century it has grown into the world’s largest concentration of metropolitan areas with 20 cities containing a combined 80 million people. What’s more, it claims China’s second largest financial center, the world’s two busiest ports, and the nation’s largest free-trade zone.
With so much growth, there is no question as to why this is the perfect spot for Farr’s research.
We will be joining American University of Sharjah as they provide updates on Farr’s research and in general what it means to be a Fulbright scholar. So be sure to stay tuned!
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