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David Bruce: Watson Fellowship Recipient

Posted March 25, 2013

Congratulations to David Bruce, Class 2013, an ES and Econ major who is a 2013 recipient of the Watson Fellowship!
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offers college graduates of "unusual promise" a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel -- in international settings new to them -- to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community.

David's project is titled "Vulnerability and Resilience: Depicting Coastal Cities in the Face of Environmental Disaster."  His proposal will takes him to seven cities in five different countries (Argentina, Netherlands, Thailand, India, New Zealand), both developed and developing. In these countries he will explore how will megacities close to the sea prepare for and cope with disaster when populations are swelling, the sea level is rising and storms are putting so many assets at risk of catastrophic damage. David plans to investigate and better understand this issue through a series of sketches, paintings, and other creative works that will offer depictions of the challenges man faces in major coastal metropolises. He hopes to reveal the many ways these vulnerable cities and the people in them are learning to be resilient to great risks posed by climate change.

Raised in London, England, until the age of 13, David became fascinated by the buildings, bridges and complex systems that make up the metropolis. His interest in cities led him to major in economics and environmental studies at Bowdoin, where he has concentrated on urban issues. David was awarded a fellowship in the summer of 2012 that led him to an urban planning firm in Chicago, where he used his visual-arts talent to diagram plans to redesign the city's wastewater treatment system. His interests also extend to the rugby field, where he plays fly half for the Bowdoin rugby team and serves as the club's president. He spends his free time exploring the wilderness and ski slopes of New England.

Learn more about David Bruce's fellowship at the Bowdoin Daily Sun.

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