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Architecture Doctoral Student Colloquium: Conversation 6, "Interdisciplinary Cities: Research for City Making"

ARCHITECTURE DOCTORAL STUDENT COLLOQUIUM: CONVERSATION 6, "INTERDISCIPLINARY CITIES: RESEARCH FOR CITY MAKING"

In city-making, interdisciplinary collaborations bring together diverse perspectives and approaches to related problems, generating more innovative solutions than could be found otherwise. In this sense, an interdisciplinary approach to research can lead researchers to find more effective city making solutions, by bringing together collaborators from various backgrounds and professions to work in partnership to enhance public services, policy development, and other forms of enterprise. This conversation – the final of this year’s series – is a valuable opportunity to examine the synergies that obtain in interdisciplinary collaborative city-making. One question we ask is: how are architecture’s blind spots illuminated by its cognate disciplines?

Speakers: 
MARÍA ARQUERO DE ALARCÓN (TCAUP)
MICHAEL BARR (LAW SCHOOL)
CAMILLE WILSON (SCHOOL OF EDUCATION)

Each year, the Doctoral Program in Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning sponsors a series of discussions on a topic of interest in architectural research. This year, the doctoral colloquium, titled “The City Critical,” will explore issues in urban research using Detroit at the case study. In investigating the numerous techniques used to engage with the condition of Detroit, the colloquium will raise questions concerning effective research, design, curation, and activism, while foregrounding interventions in Detroit as effective and globally-applicable models.