SAHARA Highlights: Danielle Willkens, 2015 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Dec 12, 2017

This month we recognize Danielle Willkens, the third recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship, which gives young scholars the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to help broaden their perspective on the built environment. During her travel year, Patricia visited Iceland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands, Japan, and Cuba. Her photographs are outstanding  in terms of quality, attention to details, and overall coverage. Below is a small selection from her contributions. All the Brooks Fellows’ blog entries can be read here, and if you didn’t read it already, have a look at Danielle’s entertaining and beautifully written final report. (All photos by Danielle Willkens, 2016-17.)

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Kirkjubøur, an historic site dating to c.1150, Stremoy, the Faroe Islands.

Farmhouses in Kirkjubøur, Stremoy, the Faroe Islands, c.1650.  

Blönduóskirkja, Blönduós, Iceland. Designed by Maggi Maggi Jónsson, 1982.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects Batteríið, 2011. 

Víðimýrarkirkja, Skagafjörður, Iceland, 1834. 

Heladeria Coppelia, an ice cream parlor in Havana, Cuba. Designed by Mario Girona, 1966.

Havana Yacht Club, Havana, Cuba. Designed by Rafael Goyenche and Jose Alejo Sanchez, 1921.

Detail of terra cotta and concrete roof detail on the Imperial Hotel. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923 and originally located in Tokyo; now at the Meiji-mura Open Air Architectural Museum, Uchiyama, Japan. 

Kodakara-yu Public Baths, built in 1929 and originally located in Senju Motomachi; now at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Tokyo.  

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