Archinect - Taubman College 2017-10-18T07:11:42-04:00 Architecture Student Research Grant Exhibition Opening Rubin Quarcoopome 2015-10-10T23:12:40-04:00 >2015-10-16T23:14:59-04:00 <p>The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning presents...the Architecture Student Research Grant Exhibition Opening.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The Architecture Student Research Grant is designed to foster student research and encourage collaboration beyond Taubman College. The goal is to recognize the outstanding efforts of Taubman students and provide financial backing for such projects.<br><br>6 pm presentations in the A+A Auditorium, followed by a reception in the college gallery.<br><br>2015 Project Winners:<br><br>The Dialogue Between Drawing Machines and Human Ambience by Tommy Kyung Tae Nam, Hans Hyun Seong Min, Xu Zhang, Siwei Ren, and Jaekyun Brandon Kang (Carnegie Mellon University)<br><br>Hyper Unreal by Ian Ting, Eujain Ting, and Joseph Biglin<br><br>The Architecture of Loneliness by Kallie Sternburgh and Tafhim Rahman<br><br>Exhibition runs October 13 &ndash; November 8 in the Taubman College Gallery. To learn more about this exhibtion, visit the Architecture Student Research Grant page.<br><br>About University of Michigan ...</p> Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Mexicantown Rubin Quarcoopome 2015-09-27T15:40:29-04:00 >2015-09-27T15:42:33-04:00 <p>The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning presents...Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Mexicantown.<br><br>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 planni...</p> Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Dequindre Cut Rubin Quarcoopome 2015-09-23T17:09:00-04:00 >2016-02-26T10:36:22-05:00 <p>The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning presents...Detroit's Architectural Imagination: Dequindre Cut.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>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 pl...</p> Taubman College FABLab: A Coordinator's Story. dtran125 2015-05-21T13:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-25T21:21:59-04:00 <p><strong>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 to perform both subtractive and additive manufacturing processes. The technologies have existed in the aerospace and automotive industries for some time, but have just recently infiltrated the architectural-fabrication industry.&nbsp;The FabLab operates numerous computer-numerical controlled (CNC) machines, allowing students and faculty to work with virtually any material.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>_____________________________________________________________________</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Many students who attend the University of Michigan seek insight in expanding their knowledge in fabrication as it informs and aids their architectural education. &nbsp;Tafhim Rahman, a 1st year M.Arch student is amongst one of these students.&nbsp; Rahmin recently sat...</strong></p> Robotic Gravity Workshop at Taubman College dtran125 2015-05-21T12:49:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T11:41:33-04:00 <p><strong>This last semester at the University of Michigan, Taubman College hosted a workshop with Brandon Clifford and Daniel Piker called, &ldquo;ROBOTIC GRAVITY.&rdquo;&nbsp; The workshop took place at Taubman College and lasted three days with the participation of students in the M.Arch and M.S. Arch.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>_____________________________________________________________________</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Brandon Clifford</strong><br>Brandon Clifford is currently the Belluschi Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as Principal at Matter Design, which he co-founded with Wes McGee. Brandon received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 2011 and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Tech in 2006. From 2006-2009 he worked as project manager at Office dA in both Boston and New York where his contributions varied in scale and program&mdash;silverware, installations, restaurants, a professional soccer stadium, and numerous urban planning studies. Brandon also served as editor of Pidgin Magazine from 2009-20...</p> 2015 Research Through Making Interview Series: RoboPinch dtran125 2015-04-13T20:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T12:37:17-04:00 <p><strong>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 research to experiment and produce projects that address various issues and opportunities in architecture. </strong><strong>___________________________________________________</strong>__________________</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This year, a variety of unique projects was presented and is currently on public exhibition at the Liberty Annex Gallery in Ann Arbor that ranges from new material technologies as tactile interfaces to exploring ways in which climate, materials, and electricity can interact to create architectural surfaces and nuanced effects.</p><p>Among the five awarded projects is <em>RoboPinch, </em>using robots as a speculative collaborator in the production of plaster form and volume studies. The project was led by Karl Daubmann, director of the Mas...</p> Retrospective - Research Through Making 2015 kbretzius 2015-03-23T17:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-03T22:42:38-04:00 <p>Last week, the exciting new round of Research Through Making projects made their debut at the Taubman College Liberty Gallery.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>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 and interdisciplinary experts. The exhibition presents tangible results of their collaborative work.</p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p>This year's installations were incredibly varied and inventive. Sean Vance, Siyang Ziui Chen, and Rebecca Hasson's "Drop Kick Push Pull" investigated the flexible resonance of silicone by embedding sensors that react to pressure and displacement in surfaces. Meredith Miller, Anya Sirota, Patrick Beauc&eacute;, and Jean Louis Farges' "Electrofrost" considered ways that climate, materials and electricity can interact to create architectural surfaces and nuanced effects.</p><p><img src="" title="" alt=""></p><p>Karl Daubmann's "RoboPinch" used robots as a speculative collaborator in the production of plaster form and volume studies. "Social S...</p> Retrospective - Infra Eco Logi Urbanism Rubin Quarcoopome 2015-02-25T17:05:00-05:00 >2015-03-04T22:41:44-05:00 <p>This past Sunday marked the end of RVTR's month long exhibition at the Taubman Liberty Gallery, <em>Infra Eco Logi Urbanism</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Infra Eco Logi Urbanism</em>&nbsp;was a project, exhibition and forthcoming publication by RVTR, a research-based design practice founded by U-M Taubman College architecture associate professor Geoffrey Th&uuml;n and assistant professor Kathy Velikov, and Ryerson University architecture chair Colin Ripley. The exhibition was previously on display at Yale University.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition posited an approach and a vision for&nbsp;architecture at the urban scale within the contemporary post-metropolitan condition.&nbsp;The project assembled a multi-year investigation that examines extant and emerging&nbsp;urban systems within the Great Lakes Megaregion of North America, and developed a design proposition to leverage energy and mobility infrastructures toward resilient&nbsp;urban and public ends, addressing questions of politics and urban society.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition was organized as a territory, gathering a diverse...</p> McGee and Matter Design Featured in Architect Magazine's Next Progressives kbretzius 2015-02-15T11:25:38-05:00 >2015-02-19T12:12:00-05:00 <p>Matter Design, founded by FABLab director&nbsp;<strong>Wes McGee</strong>&nbsp;and MIT instructor Brandon Clifford, has been featured in Architect Magazine&rsquo;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 precedent.</p><p>McGee and Clifford approach design with the intent of questioning and furthering architectural theory. The firm is a digital one at its core, with the vital caveat that anything designed also be physically built as well.&nbsp;<a href=";utm_content=jump&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=ANW_012015&amp;day=2015-01-20&amp;he=af2f9aa0a928b5f740e2d3d6731ce0c8f24abc29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read the Next Progressives article</a>&nbsp;on Architect Magazine&rsquo;s website.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Funded through the Howard E. LeFevre &rsquo;29 Emerging Practitioner Fellowship at Ohio State University&rsquo;s Knowlton School of Architecture, Le Vo&ucirc;te de LeFevre is a pure-compression structure designed with custom simulation software to determine aperture sizing. Credit: Courtesy Matter Design</em></p> Arquero de Alarcón and Maigret Discuss Design and Public Space in GB&D Magazine kbretzius 2015-02-15T11:22:56-05:00 >2015-02-19T12:11:56-05:00 <p>Taubman College Assistant Professors and founders of MAde Studio,&nbsp;<strong>Mar&iacute;a Arquero de Alarc&oacute;n</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Jen Maigret</strong>, were guest editors in gb&amp;d Magazine&rsquo;s January 2015 &ldquo;Ideas&rdquo; issue.</p><p>The team is also featured in a career-spanning interview which describes their partnership, production style, and thoughts on topics such as design, memory and building restoration. Speaking about their interests, Maigret illuminates what makes MAde Studio function so well, stating, &ldquo;I think we share a lot in terms of the things we get excited about and are working toward, which is a commitment to public space and to linking systems of environment and culture, and really advocating for design as an incredibly important tool within all these broader conversations.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read the complete interview on the gb&amp;d website</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Regents Approve Design of A. Alfred Taubman Wing kbretzius 2015-02-08T00:34:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T23:03:57-05:00 <p>University of Michigan Regents approved the schematic&nbsp;design of the new Taubman College&nbsp;building addition - the A. Alfred Taubman Wing - at the December 18, 2014 Regents meeting.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Exterior image of the new A. Alfred Taubman Wing from Bonisteel Boulevard.</em></p><p>Preston Scott Cohen&nbsp;is the&nbsp;design architect for the wing. Cohen is Principal of Preston Scott Cohen Inc. and is the Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.&nbsp;The architectural firm Integrated Design Solutions will work in&nbsp;conjunction with Preston Scott Cohen to&nbsp;design the project. Taubman College graduate Paul Stachowiak (B.S.'76, M.Arch.'77) is President of Integrated Design Solutions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>A major new multi-purpose commons that will provide a central gathering place for all members of the community and acts as the "heart of the building" providing one large space for college-wide events.&nbsp;</em></p><p>When complete, the&nbsp;A. Alfred Taubman Wing will consist of...</p> CHARISMA ACEY: EMERGING VOICES LECTURE kbretzius 2015-02-02T22:28:44-05:00 >2015-02-19T12:12:05-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="">Ms. Charisma Acey is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California Berkeley.&nbsp;Her background includes work, research and travel to countries in West Africa, southern Africa and Central America. Her work focuses on local and regional environmental sustainability, with a focus on poverty reduction, urban governance and access to basic services. Her work relies on both quantitative and participatory, qualitative research approaches to understanding individual and household demand for improved infrastructure and environmental amenities. Current and past research projects, teaching and service learning courses have focused on addressing barriers to sustainable development such as human-environment interactions at multiple scales in urban areas around the world, poverty and participatory approaches to governance and development, the financing and sustainability of publicly provided services and utilities, local and regional food syst...</p> Infra Eco Logi Urbanism Exhibition kbretzius 2015-02-02T22:23:12-05:00 >2015-02-19T12:12:08-05:00 <p>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 North America, and a develops a design proposition to leverage energy and mobility infrastructures toward resilient urban and public ends, addressing questions of politics and urban society.<br><img title="" alt="" src="">The exhibition is organized as a territory, gathering a diverse body of work including regional cartographies, network analyses, historical research, writings, photographs, design drawings and physical models. In aggregate, it presents a position from which to apprehend urban questions, a vision, a design methodology that operates across scales from the regional to the specific, and an event around which to discuss regional systems and the role of design in figuring their futures.<br>Infra Eco Logi Urbanism is a...</p> Wilcox and Trandafirescu Exhibit PROTOMOMENTS at McGill University kbretzius 2015-01-31T13:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T12:12:12-05:00 <p>Assistant Professors&nbsp;<strong>Glenn Wilcox</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Anca Trandafirescu</strong>, founders of Ann Arbor-based practice area. - along with their exhibition team of Secil Taskoparan and Ava Wilcox - have premiered PROTOMOMENTS at McGill University.</p><p>The exhibition running from January 5-26, represents the recent work of the design studio and features three full-scale constructions. The first, C-LITH, is work from their 2014 Research Through Making project which has received many accolades including a 2014 R+D Awards Honorable Mention. The other two are new projects funded by the University of Michigan&rsquo;s Office of Research. Boards of other projects and three videos describing the full-scale work will also be on display.</p><p>According to the team, the PROTOMOMENTS exhibition is described as follows:</p><p><em>Looking across the field of architecture today, one is witness to a landscape occupied by a whole class of objects that are neither the scaled versions of a known, but future, thing - a model; nor a full-scaled test of kno...</em></p> Architecture Students Take First Place in Hult Prize Competition kbretzius 2015-01-19T01:59:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T12:12:13-05:00 <p><strong>Ellen Duff</strong>&nbsp;(M.Arch.'15) and&nbsp;<strong>Dan Sebaldt</strong>&nbsp;(M.Arch.'15), along with Devan Rostorfer (M.S.,SNRE) and U-M alumnus&nbsp;Barrett Randolph,&nbsp;have won the Hult Prize competition at University of Michigan.</p><p>The Hult Prize is a crowdsourcing platform for social good and identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet&rsquo;s most pressing challenges. This year, the Hult Prize is focused around finding solutions for the millions of families in urban areas around the world that are affected by a lack of access to early childhood education &ndash; a challenge selected by President Bill Clinton.</p><p>The team identified a solution to President Clinton&rsquo;s early childhood education challenge. Their concept, &ldquo;Porta Play,&rdquo; will create an easy step-by-step manual for playschool teachers to create toys and other classroom supplies from recycled materials as part of an interactive, play-based curriculum. The goal is to engage teachers in co-creating innovative products to meet their in...</p> Michigan Architecture Prep Program Opens Doors to Detroit High Schoolers kbretzius 2015-01-12T00:59:01-05:00 >2015-02-19T12:12:16-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, &nbsp;the University of Michigan&rsquo;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.</p><p>The space is home to Michigan Architecture Prep (ArcPrep), a new program hosted by Taubman College, which will introduce 38 high school juniors from Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to the multi-faceted discipline of architecture. Starting next month, enrolled students from Cass Technical High School, Detroit School of Arts, and Western International High School will take an immersive, semester-long college preparatory course on architecture, urbanism and integrated design studio practices. The course will meet daily during the academic term for three hours.</p><p>&ldquo;Through ArcPrep, Detroit high school students will have the opportunity to learn how spaces and places have evolved throughout history and how they are designed, built, and maintained,&rdquo; said Monica Ponce de Leon, Taubman ...</p> M.Arch. Student Takes First Place For Sustainablity Work In India kbretzius 2015-01-10T20:23:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:17:09-05:00 <p>Taubman College student&nbsp;<strong>John Monnat (M.Arch.)</strong>, 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, &ldquo;<em>De-Silting Minor Irrigation Ponds in South India: The Sustainability of Decentralized Resource Distribution</em>&rdquo;, involved close work with farmers and state officials to document and record the various effects associated with de-silting ponds. The silt, which was traditionally used as a substitute for artificial fertilizer, carried the potential for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. Monnat and his team traveled to Telangana in South India and organized a symposium for hundreds of local farmers and officials and emerged with a completed greenhouse gas assessment, employment model, and geo-spatial database, among other findings.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Dow Distinguished Award is a part of U of M&rsquo;s first annual Dow Sustai...</p> Taubman College students earn awards at the UM/ULI Real Estate Forum kbretzius 2014-11-30T15:07:15-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:17:11-05:00 <p>Urban Planning and Architecture&nbsp;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.&nbsp;The Jeff Blau Essay Competition awarded five,&nbsp;$1,000 scholarships for graduate students who submitted essays&nbsp;adressing Detroit's development and&nbsp;how real estate professionals might get involved and work to advance the&nbsp;the city&rsquo;s growth. The Jeff Blau Essay Competition was&nbsp;won by&nbsp;<strong>Diego Horna Munoz</strong>, (M.S./M.U.P. at the School of Natural Resources);&nbsp;<strong>Samantha Farr<strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong><strong>(</strong>M.U.P.);&nbsp;<strong>Adam Kokenakes&nbsp;</strong>(M.U.P.);&nbsp;<strong>Brian Rassel</strong>&nbsp;(M.B.A.); and&nbsp;<strong>Kevin Swanson&nbsp;</strong><strong>(M</strong><strong>.</strong>Arch).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Another event, the fourth annual Urban Restoration Case Competition, was&nbsp;based on an actual Brownfield in downtown Detroit sourced from a developer/advocacy group. This location is being prepared for redevelopment within the next two years and has the support of the developer/advocacy group. The objective is to create a business case for your selected redevelopment scena...</p> Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience: Europe, 2014 dtran125 2014-11-26T18:22:02-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:17:14-05:00 <p><strong>The Taubman College&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spring Travel Course</a>&nbsp;Experience is an interview series with students who have participated in the course and want to share their experiences with other students.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>There are many European travel courses offered at Taubman College, but not many that covered 17 different cities.<em> The Path of Kahn</em> travel course was significant because it looked European architecture as well as American architecture. The &nbsp;trajectory of the trip was interested in understanding how the industrial architecture of Albert Kahn in Detroit influenced modern architecture in Europe. The students were able to juxtapose the cultural and historical context between the buildings they visit abroad, as well as some of the ones closer to home right in Detroit. Their collective research and experiences can be found at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>. &nbsp;This course was led by Claire Zimmerman.</p><p>Claire Zimmerman is an Associate Professor of History of Art and the Coordinator of Doctoral Studies in Architecture at the Taubman ...</p> Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience: Nordic Countries, 2014 dtran125 2014-11-26T18:00:42-05:00 >2015-03-22T07:55:05-04:00 <p><strong>The Taubman College&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spring Travel Course</a>&nbsp;Experience is an interview series with students who have participated in the course and want to share their experiences with other students.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Light in architecture has always been a captivating and necessary endeavor in architectural investigation. &nbsp;The extreme changes in the seasons and daylight in the Nordic countries, such as Finland and Norway, have led to some of the most unique and intriguing architecture dealing with natural lighting. The use of light smooth surfaces help counterbalance the long winters, while great efforts were put into the architecture to heighten natural lighting during the limited summer seasons. The spring travel course to the Nordic Countries with Peter MacKeith closely examined the various details and atmospheric quality that light has on architecture.</p><p>Peter MacKeith is the Dean at UA&rsquo;s Fay Jones School of Architecture.&nbsp; He served as Associate Dean of the Sam Fox School from its inauguration in 2006 until June, 201...</p> Taubman College Spring Travel Course Experience: Ecuador, 2014 dtran125 2014-11-21T12:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:17:18-05:00 <p><strong>The Taubman College <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spring Travel Course</a> Experience is an interview series with students who have participated in the course and want to share their experiences with other students.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Located in Northwestern South America, Ecuador is the most bio-diverse country in the world. With travelers visiting the Galapagos Island and the Amazon rain forests while also learning about the rich indigenous history and culture of the country.&nbsp; In the past few years, the Ecuadorean government has been investing heavily in education and the development of education infrastructure. This gives the field of academia an opportunity to further explore and implement research on topics such as Amazonian urbanism and alternative contemporary design strategies in combination with vernacular methodologies.&nbsp; Among these researches, is that of Ana Maria Duran Castilo&rsquo;s. Ana Maria is an Ecuadorian architect, researcher, educator and writer. She co-founded the design firm Estudio A0 in 2002, with her partner Jaskran...</p> Master of Urban Design - Online Information Session kbretzius 2014-11-13T14:38:18-05:00 >2014-11-21T10:26:04-05:00 <p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>We&rsquo;ve designed our M.U.D. degree to focus on the OneCity Studio, four consecutive urban design studios focused on a single metropolitan region.</p><p><strong>Our 2015 destination is Detroit. </strong></p><p>By focusing on one metropolitan region for an entire year, students are able to&nbsp; deeply examine every component that makes up the city including; policy, history, culture, real estate, socioeconomics, and much more. Students take multiple trips to the city to work with institutions and&nbsp; with organizations that influence the complementary and competing priorities impacting the city.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Join us for our online information session</a>&nbsp;taking place next&nbsp;<strong>Thursday, November 20</strong>&nbsp;to learn more. Thank you for your interest in our program and please contact me with any questions.</p><p>Over the past three years, students have studied Brazil, India and Mexico. From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the urban fishing villages of Mumbai, students are exposed to complex problems and are challenged to utilize new skills to address issues thro...</p> Master of Science in Architecture - Online Information Sessions kbretzius 2014-11-13T13:43:19-05:00 >2014-11-17T22:29:26-05:00 <p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>What is the Master of Science in Architecture? </strong>As a leader in architecture education, we benchmark trends in the industry and forecast the skills and curricula future architects will need.&nbsp; As a result, we created the Master of Science in Architecture degree - an intense, 3-term (10 month) program which allows for in-depth research and study in the emerging areas of conservation, design and health, digital technologies, and material systems.<br><br>This degree is for B.Arch. or M.Arch. graduates (or equivalent degrees in related fields) interested in pursuing design research careers in education or leadership in expanded architectural practices.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Join us for our online information sessions</a> taking place November 15 and December 11 to learn more and please forward this on to individuals you feel would be interested.</strong></p><ul><li><strong>The Master of Science in Architecture concentration in Conservation (MS_C) </strong>offers participants an innovative approach to connecting physical, social, and ecological contexts as a mea...</li></ul> LECTURE: SONIA HIRT kbretzius 2014-11-09T13:39:33-05:00 >2014-11-12T20:20:06-05:00 <p>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."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">Sonia Hirt is a scholar of urban form who studies how cultures and institutions interact with the built environment. Hirt is currently a Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. &nbsp;In 2011, while on sabbatical from Virginia Tech, she was Visiting Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she taught Urbanism in Europe and served as design critic. Hirt is the Co-editor of the Journal of Planning History and is author of numerous books including her most recent, &ldquo;Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-use Control&rdquo; (Cornell University Press, 2014; in press). Hirt h...</p> Research on the City project featured in Dwell kbretzius 2014-10-08T10:49:38-04:00 >2014-10-14T22:15:36-04:00 <p><strong>Heidi Beebe, Seth Ellis, John Marshall</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>Julia McMorrough</strong>&nbsp;led a research team of students and historians in their extensive study into fabrication, the&nbsp;<strong>Re: Tool-Kit for Detroit.</strong>&nbsp;The team was recently<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviewed by Dwell about the project.</a></p><p>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.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>John Marshall, contributor and director of the UM Integrative Design graduate program, discussed the year spent researching the project, describing how &ldquo;a number of businesses we had already spoken to burned down, relocated, and went bust. On the other hand, many of the students that...</p> Booth Fellow opens new gallery exhibition 'Both/And' kbretzius 2014-10-08T10:37:11-04:00 >2014-10-08T10:42:59-04:00 <p>No matter how much one has been taught about a building, nothing compares to the experience of personally visiting a captivating architectural site.&nbsp;<strong>Chris Holzwart (M.Arch.'11)</strong>&nbsp;received such an opportunity thanks to Taubman College's George G. Booth Traveling Fellowship.</p><p>Holzwart won the fellowship in 2013 and set off to Japan for four weeks to explore his interest in architectural detail. The fruits of his experiences and intensive research can be explored in the current exhibition on display in the Taubman College Gallery titled, &ldquo;Both/And: The Study of Details in Japanese Architecture."<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Both/And&rdquo; runs from October 3rd to November 2nd in the Taubman College Gallery. For more details on his travels abroad as the George G. Booth Fellow, visit his travel blog at:&nbsp;<a title="" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p> VIDEO: Rob|Arch 2014 Workshops kbretzius 2014-05-30T08:43:09-04:00 >2014-09-20T00:55:37-04:00 <p>Wonder what took place at Taubman College as part of the 2014 Rob|Arch workshops? Check out this video:</p> Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design Comes to the University of Michigan kbretzius 2014-05-08T18:10:00-04:00 >2014-09-20T00:55:47-04:00 <p>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 Vienna, Austria. In 2014 the conference travels to North America, hosted by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.</p><p>Continuing with the previous theme of collaboration, the conference seeks to bring together artists, designers, fabricators and industry leaders for the purpose of advancing the discourse surrounding robotic fabrication. Following on the success of ROB|ARCH 2012, the conference will again present a series of workshops held at the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Princeton University, aimed at exposing the advanced capabilities of applied robotic research. Following the workshops, the conference will span two days at t...</p> Architecture engages rare books for new perspective and exhibition on the picturesque kbretzius 2014-02-27T09:27:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T22:43:57-05:00 <p>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&rsquo;s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.</p><p>"I guess you can say it is ironic," says Holder as he looks down through a glass case displaying a book. "I teach computer-aided design but I have a passion for the aesthetic qualities of drawing. Nothing compares when defining shadow, tone, depth and dimension to that of pen and ink on paper. It&rsquo;s completely different from that of a computer and as architects we can learn a lot from these drawings.&rdquo;</p><p>Holder is referring to the twenty-one rare books on the picturesque currently on display as part of a Taubman College exhibition titled, In the Garden Grows a Lump: Rare Books on the Picturesque. The exhibition will run until February 28, 2014 in the Taubman College Gallery.</p><p>At a critical time in landscape design, the picturesque init...</p> Taubman College and LSA awarded $1.3 million Mellon Foundation grant for architecture and humanities research kbretzius 2014-02-27T09:25:32-05:00 >2014-03-03T22:42:47-05:00 <p>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 cities.</p><p>The program, "Egalitarianism and the Contemporary Metropolis," will run for four and a half years and include symposia, new lecture and seminar courses, post-graduate research fellowships, public exhibitions and a publication showcasing new research on Mexico City, Detroit and Rio de Janeiro.</p><p>It will engage scholars and designers from architecture and urban design, philosophy, art history, Latin American and American studies, Afroamerican and African studies, history, and urban planning.</p><p><img src=""></p><p>Coordinators of the interdisciplinary program are Milton S. F. Curry, associate dean of Taubman College and Derek B. Collins, LSA dean of humanities.</p><p>Participating faculty include Elizabeth Anderson, John...</p>