Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

  1. Panos Leventis - Walls of Crisis: Street Art and Urban Fabric in Central Athens, 2000-2012 from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    Panos Leventis is an Associate Professor and International Studies Coordinator at the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri where he served a 5-year term as Director of Drury’s Study Abroad Centre in Volos and Aigina (Greece). He taught at USC’s Study Abroad Program in Milan and Como (Italy), at McGill’s School of Architecture in Montréal, and at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, where he aided in the formation of a new Department of Architecture. Leventis has published and lectured extensively on Architecture and Urbanism in Europe and North America and is the author of “Twelve Times in Nicosia. Nicosia, Cyprus, 1192-1570: Architecture, Topography and Urban Experience in a Diversified Capital City,” published by the Cyprus Research Centre. As a licensed Architect in Cyprus and Greece since the mid-1990s, Leventis has numerous built projects and has been awarded entries in national and international Architectural and Urban Design competitions.

  2. Rachel Armstrong - Against Dualism: Amnesty with Machines from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    Rachel Armstrong is a Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) specializing in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The Department of Architecture & Landscape, University of Greenwich, London. She is also a 2010 Senior TED Fellow, and Visiting Research Assistant at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called living architecture, which suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach. Armstrong has recently been added to the 2014 Citizens of the Next Century List, by Future-ish, listed on the Wired 2013 Smart List, is one of the 2013 ICON 50 and described as one of the ten people in the UK that may shape the UK’s recovery by Director Magazine in 2012. In the same year she was nominated as one of the most inspiring top nine women by Chick Chip magazine and featured by BBC Focus Magazine’s in 2011 in ‘ideas that could change the world’.

    Wallenberg Studio Lecture

  3. Fernando Romero - You Are the Context from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    Fernando Romero is the founding principal of FR-EE/ Fernando Romero Enterprise, a 60-person architecture firm located in Mexico City and New York. Mr. Romero’s work balances the interests of public and private entities while translating contemporary moments and culture through research, design, technology and construction. Mr. Romero seeks to re-define the norms of society by collaborating with global leaders on future ideas and initiatives which architecture can give form to. In 2002, Fernando Romero was named a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum. He was recently made a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is a member of the CAMSAM - Mexican Chamber of Architects. In 2004, Mr. Romero received a Bauhaus Award for young designers. For his contribution to architecture in Mexico, Mr. Romero has received a Mexican Society of Architect Award. FR-EE has been commissioned to design and is in the process of building more than 1 million m2 of projects, with works constructed in excess of 723,000 m2.

    John Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture

  4. David Belt - One Thing Leads to Another from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    David Belt is a real estate developer and the Founder and Managing Principal of Macro Sea and DBI, a firm specializing in real estate development, construction consulting and project management. Over the past 20 years, David has developed a diverse range of projects and has become a leader in creative development and interim use projects.

    New Lab, currently in development, will convert one wing of a stunning former shipbuilding factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a facility that promotes collaboration between the disciplines of design and fabrication. In addition to providing professional-quality rapid prototyping equipment, coworking and private office space, Macro Sea is building a vibrant community of the world’s most creative innovators.

  5. Research Through Making - Presentation of Projects from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    Historically, research and creative practice have been constructed as “opposites.” This is not an unusual struggle in architecture schools, particularly in the context of a research university. This perceived tension between design and research is indicative of age-old anxieties within the architecture field to understand its nature as an “applied art.” Design can be a purely creative activity not unlike creative practices in music and art. In other cases, design can be a purely problem solving activity, not unlike research in engineering and industrial production.

    In its fifth 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.

    This year’s projects:

    "City of Nights: Detroit Illuminated": Karl Daubmann, Osman Kahn (UM Art and Design) and Catie Newell
    “PneuSystems”:Kathy Velikov, Geoffrey Thun, and Santinder Singh Baveja (UM College of Engineering)
    “Displace”: Wes McGee, Catie Newell, and Brandon Weiner (UM Library)
    “Carbon Fiber Architecture”: Glenn Wilcox and Anca Trandafirescu
    “Knit Architectures”: Sean Ahlquist, Wes McGee, Anthony Waas (UM Engineering), and Georg Essl (UM Engineering)

  6. Architecture Fellows Presentations from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    Each year, Taubman College awards three one-year, resident fellowships in the areas of architectural research and instruction. Each of the fellowships includes teaching related to the candidate’s area of interest, resources for the development of work, and possibilities to interface with scholars and researchers in the wider university context. In addition, the Fellows share the outcome of their fellowship work through a joint exhibition.

    This year’s fellows:
    Leigha Dennis, William Muschenheim Fellow
    Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Walter B. Sanders Fellow
    Clark Thenhaus, Willard A. Oberdick Fellow

  7. Architecture Preview Weekend March 28, 2014 from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    This occasion will provide newly admitted students an excellent opportunity to meet with faculty and students, and to learn more about what we do here.

  8. Thank You Mr. Taubman from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    Real estate developer A. Alfred Taubman has committed $12.5 million to the University of Michigan to help fund a sweeping renovation project that will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, one of the nation’s leading programs on the built environment.
    Taubman’s gift follows his $30-million donation 15 years ago to U-M’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning—the single largest gift ever to an architecture program in America. From that gift, $5 million was earmarked for future renovations of the architecture and urban planning facilities. With this latest gift, Taubman’s lifetime giving to the university now totals $154.7 million, including gifts for medical research, health care and the arts.
    “If anyone understands the importance and value of a well-designed space it is Alfred Taubman,” said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. “This latest gift demonstrates his unparalleled commitment to the success of University of Michigan students and faculty as they pursue their studies and scholarship.”


    "Happiness Is" by Podington Bear (podingtonbear.com/)

  9. John Forester - Complexity and Practical Improvisation in Planning: Lessons from Three Cases from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    John Forester, Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, earned B.S. and M.S.M.E. Degrees (1970, 1971) before his M.C.P. and Ph.D. in planning (1974, 1977) at U.C. Berkeley. Forester’s early work explored the micro-politics of planning practices before moving on to explore concerns via a Studs Terkel-like approach, collecting and analyzing practice-focused, first person voice “profiles of practitioners.” More recently, Forester has explored the ways planners working in contentious settings could learn from mediators of public disputes. Working in-between parties with conflicting interests and values, ample anger, distrust and fear, experienced mediators can provide planners with wise practical advice (of significant theoretical interest too). This work includes Dealing with Differences: Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes (2009) and Planning in the Face of Conflict (2013). Forester’s current projects involve post-Katrina New Orleans (with Ken Reardon), street level governance (with David Laws), placemaker profiles, and the challenges of improvisation in planning.

  10. Super Jury: The Picturesque in Review from Taubman College on Vimeo.

    In a roundtable discussion moderated by Assistant Professor Andrew Holder, the panel and the two workshop leaders will discuss their thoughts and conclusions on the picturesque and the students’ response to the “In the Garden Grows a Lump” exhibition. The Super Jury and the exhibition were organized by Assistant Professor Andrew Holder.

    Student works produced in the week-long workshops led by Andrew Atwood [UC Berkeley] and Jason Payne [UCLA] will be evaluated by a group of scholars and practitioners:

    Preston Scott Cohen, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., Harvard GSD
    Jeffrey Kipnis, Ohio State University
    John McMorrough, Taubman College
    Sylvia Lavin, UCLA
    Jesse Reiser, Reiser + Umemoto, Princeton University

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