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  • Research on the City project featured in Dwell

    Heidi Beebe, Seth Ellis, John Marshall, and Julia McMorrough led a research team of students and historians in their extensive study into fabrication, the Re: Tool-Kit for Detroit. The team was recentlyinterviewed by Dwell about the project.

    The group's work, made possible via Taubman College's Research on the City grant from Alan and Cynthia Berkshire, seeks to create new fabrication possibilities for Detroit by illustrating the city's raw and under-utilized generative potential in an easily digestible form. The study, supported by interviews with 47 Detroit businesses, questions if it is in fact possible to get anything you can imagine made in the Motor City, or if the well-known assertion is incorrect.

    John Marshall, contributor and director of the UM Integrative Design graduate program, discussed the year spent researching the project, describing how “a number of businesses we had already spoken to burned down, relocated, and went bust. On the other hand, many of the students that worked as research assistants on the project chose to stay in the city after graduation. Detroit isn't Silicon Valley, but that's exactly why it's right for some people and some businesses.” The conclusion seems to be that Detroit, as a manufacturing power, is a sleeping giant, sitting on several production facilities operating at very low capacities and simply longing for someone to do “a better job of connecting people that want to make stuff from around the world and the people that can do it in Detroit.”

    Re: Tool-Kit for Detroit is as much a study of representing the complex manufacturing history of the area in cleanly understandable ways as it is a sympathetic exploration of Detroit's potential. The project uses stylized, minimal iconography and aesthetics to visually illustrate its points. As Heidi Beebe stated, the project's viability depends on its ability to “[package] the research in a way that is accessible to designers, and students of arts, architecture and design who may not be fabricators.” In this regard, the design sensibilities on display echo Marshall's argument for the city's potential fabrication resurgence: “It's not simply a matter of financial transactions, it's about people.”

    Visit the Dwell website to read the complete interview.


    Oct 3, 2014

  • Booth Fellow opens new gallery exhibition 'Both/And'

    No matter how much one has been taught about a building, nothing compares to the experience of personally visiting a captivating architectural site. Chris Holzwart (M.Arch.'11) received such an opportunity thanks to Taubman College's George G. Booth Traveling Fellowship.Holzwart won the...

    Insights @ Taubman College: Booth Fellowship Exhibit from Taubman College on Vimeo.

  • VIDEO: Rob|Arch 2014 Workshops

    Wonder what took place at Taubman College as part of the 2014 Rob|Arch workshops? Check out this video:

  • Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design Comes to the University of Michigan

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    ROB|ARCH has been initiated by the Association for Robots in Architecture as a new conference series on the use of robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, closely linking industry with cutting-edge research institutions. In December 2012 the conference was hosted by its founders in...

  • Architecture engages rare books for new perspective and exhibition on the picturesque

    ANN ARBOR - A new wave of thinking in architectural theory is emerging thanks to a rare collection of books, an exhibition, and the curiosity of Andrew Holder, an assistant professor of architecture at U-M’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning."I guess you can say it is...

  • Taubman College and LSA awarded $1.3 million Mellon Foundation grant for architecture and humanities research

    The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) have been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will support a major initiative on the synergies between humanities research and the design of...

  • Fellowships in Architecture

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    It is that time of year. We look forward to creative types to apply by January 7, 2014! 

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