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  • Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Mexicantown

    The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning presents...Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Mexicantown.

    The US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale will host The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world. The exhibition will emphasize the importance and value of the architectural imagination in shaping forms and spaces into exciting future possibilities. The birthplace of the automobile industry, the free-span factory floor, the concrete paved road, and Motown and techno music, Detroit was once a center of American imagination, not only for the products it made but also for its modern architecture and modern lifestyle, which captivated audiences worldwide. Like many postindustrial cities, Detroit is coping with a changed urban core that for decades has generated much thinking in urban planning. As advocates of the power of architecture to construct culture and catalyze cities, curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon will commission twelve visionary American architectural practices to produce new work that demonstrates the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

    This presentation, taking place on October 1st at 6 pm, is the second of four The Architectural Imagination roundtable discussions at Taubman College. 



    Both Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom have extensive workand teaching experience. While together at Greg Lynn FORM, they were team leaders on the World Trade Center Design competition. While Jackilin continued at Greg Lynn FORM to design and build the Bloom House, Florencia has designed and executed several full-scale installations of her own. Their shared sensibilities and research interests brought them together in 2010 and have since produced a body of work that focuses on the cohesion of form and color.

    MARCELO LOPEZ-DINARDI AND V. MITCH McEWEN, A(n) Office, Detroit, MI and New York, NY

    A(n) Office partners come from culturally and disciplinary multiple backgrounds. Latin America, the Caribbean and North America are all physical locations where they have actively engaged. Both Latin American and African-American cultures are also at the center of their concerns; as well as issues of migration and democracy. Political economy, urban design, architecture, exhibition, curatorial and installation work are all part of their disciplinary framework. A(n) Office partners collectively have more than twenty years of intense experience in the design field and have developed as well an academic career during the same period. They have worked in a variety of formats, including architectural firms, public and municipal institutions, not-for-profit organizations, academia, and independently as entrepreneurs. These multi-platformed experiences have increased their capacity to consider and produce multi-disciplinary collaborative work. Both partners have professional architecture degrees, as well as graduate-level studies in conceptual and curatorial practices and undergraduate studies in political economy from Columbia and Harvard, respectively.

    MACK SCOGIN & MERRILL ELAM, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta, GA

    Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, founded in 1984 as Parker and Scogin, later as Scogin Elam and Bray, was formed in order to take full advantage of the complementary skills and talents of the two principal architects, Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam. The work of the firm is organized in such a manner that ensures the involvement of the principal architects inthe day-to-day development of each project. This keeps the work personal and directed, and brings the best of the firm’s collective knowledge and experience to each client. Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects’ clients expect innovative design with a mature approach to the practical constraints of architecture. They have an innate desire for architecture that goes beyond mere problem solving to architecture that addresses their curiosity surrounding the role of architecture in society. The firm has had the privilege to work with some of the most respected clients in the world including: Herman Miller, Inc; The High Museum of Art; The Committee for Olympic Development in Atlanta; Tishman Speyer Properties; Corning Enterprises, Inc., and The Coca Cola Company, the following city governments: Atlanta, Cincinnati, New York; as well as the following universities: Arizona State, University of California at Berkeley, Clark-Atlanta, Carnegie Mellon, Emory, Harvard, The Ohio State, Tulane, Syracuse, and Yale.


    McLain Clutter, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Amy Kulper, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

  • Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Dequindre Cut

    The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning presents...Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Dequindre Cut.  The US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale will host The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural...

  • Taubman College FABLab: A Coordinator's Story.

    The newly renovated Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLab) at Taubman College leverages state-of-the-art industrial technology to perform architectural fabrication research. The FABLab at the University of Michigan is one of few select academic institutions around the world utilizing robotic automation...

  • Robotic Gravity Workshop at Taubman College

    This last semester at the University of Michigan, Taubman College hosted a workshop with Brandon Clifford and Daniel Piker called, “ROBOTIC GRAVITY.”  The workshop took place at Taubman College and lasted three days with the participation of students in the M.Arch and M.S...

    Robotic Gravity Workshop

  • 2015 Research Through Making Interview Series: RoboPinch

    Research through Making started in 2009 at Taubman College and enables faculty to engage in innovative architectural projects that are predicated on making. Five projects are awarded each year through a blind jury process where faculty collaborate with students and experts in other fields of...

  • Retrospective - Research Through Making 2015

    Last week, the exciting new round of Research Through Making projects made their debut at the Taubman College Liberty Gallery.In its sixth year, University of Michigan Taubman College's Research Through Making (RTM) Program provides seed funding for faculty research, worked on by faculty, students...

    Research Through Making 2015

  • Retrospective - Infra Eco Logi Urbanism

    This past Sunday marked the end of RVTR's month long exhibition at the Taubman Liberty Gallery, Infra Eco Logi Urbanism.Infra Eco Logi Urbanism was a project, exhibition and forthcoming publication by RVTR, a research-based design practice founded by U-M Taubman College architecture associate...

    Infra Eco Logi Urbanism

  • McGee and Matter Design Featured in Architect Magazine's Next Progressives

    Matter Design, founded by FABLab director Wes McGee and MIT instructor Brandon Clifford, has been featured in Architect Magazine’s Next Progressive column. In the interview published in the January 20 issue the team discussed their views on design approach, digital fabrication, and historical...

  • Arquero de Alarcón and Maigret Discuss Design and Public Space in GB&D Magazine

    Taubman College Assistant Professors and founders of MAde Studio, María Arquero de Alarcón and Jen Maigret, were guest editors in gb&d Magazine’s January 2015 “Ideas” issue.The team is also featured in a career-spanning interview which describes their partnership, production style...

  • Regents Approve Design of A. Alfred Taubman Wing

    University of Michigan Regents approved the schematic design of the new Taubman College building addition - the A. Alfred Taubman Wing - at the December 18, 2014 Regents meeting.Exterior image of the new A. Alfred Taubman Wing from Bonisteel Boulevard.Preston Scott Cohen is the design...


    Ms. Charisma Acey is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley. Her background includes work, research and travel to countries in West Africa, southern Africa and Central America. Her work focuses on local and regional...

  • Infra Eco Logi Urbanism Exhibition

    The Infra Eco Logi Urbanism exhibition posits an approach and a vision for architecture at the urban scale within the contemporary post-metropolitan condition. The project assembles a multi-year investigation that examines extant and emerging urban systems within the Great Lakes Megaregion of...

    Infra Eco Logi Urbanism

  • Wilcox and Trandafirescu Exhibit PROTOMOMENTS at McGill University

    Assistant Professors Glenn Wilcox and Anca Trandafirescu, founders of Ann Arbor-based practice area. - along with their exhibition team of Secil Taskoparan and Ava Wilcox - have premiered PROTOMOMENTS at McGill University.The exhibition running from January 5-26, represents the recent work of...

    RTM 2013-14: Part 2 - C-Lith from Taubman College on Vimeo

    CUTWORK: Fabrication Process Film from Adam Smith on Vimeo

  • Architecture Students Take First Place in Hult Prize Competition

    Ellen Duff (M.Arch.'15) and Dan Sebaldt (M.Arch.'15), along with Devan Rostorfer (M.S.,SNRE) and U-M alumnus Barrett Randolph, have won the Hult Prize competition at University of Michigan.The Hult Prize is a crowdsourcing platform for social good and identifies and launches disruptive and...

  • Michigan Architecture Prep Program Opens Doors to Detroit High Schoolers

    On Tuesday, December 9, 2014,  the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning hosted an opening event for its Michigan Research Studio - a 3,700 square foot space in Midtown Detroit.The space is home to Michigan Architecture Prep (ArcPrep), a new program hosted...

    Watch a video about Michigan Architecture Prep.

  • M.Arch. Student Takes First Place For Sustainablity Work In India

    Taubman College student John Monnat (M.Arch.), along with Adithya Dahagama of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and Leon Espira of the School of Public Health, took first place in the Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability competition. The project...

  • Taubman College students earn awards at the UM/ULI Real Estate Forum

    Urban Planning and Architecture students competed for a range of awards at the 28th Annual UM/ULI Real Estate Forum held November 19, 2014 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. The Jeff Blau Essay Competition awarded five, $1,000 scholarships for graduate students who submitted essays adressing...

  • Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience: Europe, 2014

    The Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience is an interview series with students who have participated in the course and want to share their experiences with other students.There are many European travel courses offered at Taubman College, but not many that covered 17 different cities...

  • Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience: Nordic Countries, 2014

    The Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience is an interview series with students who have participated in the course and want to share their experiences with other students.Light in architecture has always been a captivating and necessary endeavor in architectural investigation.  The...

  • Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience: Ecuador, 2014

    The Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience is an interview series with students who have participated in the course and want to share their experiences with other students.Located in Northwestern South America, Ecuador is the most bio-diverse country in the world. With travelers visiting...

  • Master of Urban Design - Online Information Session

    We’ve designed our M.U.D. degree to focus on the OneCity Studio, four consecutive urban design studios focused on a single metropolitan region.Our 2015 destination is Detroit. By focusing on one metropolitan region for an entire year, students are able to  deeply examine every component that...

  • Master of Science in Architecture - Online Information Sessions

    What is the Master of Science in Architecture? As a leader in architecture education, we benchmark trends in the industry and forecast the skills and curricula future architects will need.  As a result, we created the Master of Science in Architecture degree - an intense, 3-term (10 month)...


    Sonia Hirt, PH.D '03, M.U.P. '95, will deliver a lecture November 11 at 6:00 pm in the A+A Building Auditorium, entitled "LANDSCAPES OF POSTMODERNITY: CHANGES IN THE BUILT FABRIC OF CENTRAL-EAST EUROPEAN CITIES SINCE THE END OF SOCIALISM." Sonia Hirt is a scholar of urban form who studies how...

  • 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...

  • 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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