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Panel Discussion and Exhibition Opening: A City For All: Future Housing Models for the City of Detroit

Panel Discussion and Exhibition Opening: A City For All: Future Housing Models for the City of Detroit

Detroit Design 139 from Taubman College on Vimeo.

In Fall 2016, University of Michigan Taubman College Master of Architecture students collaborated with the City of Detroit in a semester-long design studio to generate creative ideas and innovative proposals that demonstrate how housing can contribute to urban, social and economic development within the City of Detroit.  The studio produced approximately 50 projects across 13 studios.

Eight of the 50 projects are highlighted in this exhibition with the intention of starting a discourse around what housing can be for current and future generations, how changing lifestyles can be sustainably integrated in new neighborhood developments, and how innovative development in Detroit can set examples for other American cities.

Join us for a viewing of the work and panel discussion about the collaboration between Taubman College Master of Architecture students and the City of Detroit. Hear about the researched and proposed innovative housing options for neighborhoods throughout the city.

RSVP for this event - If you require transport to Detroit, please sign up here.

Event details:

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. Welcome by U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Dean Jonathan Massey
6:40 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. The Future of Housing in Detroit panel led by Sharon Haar, Taubman College Architecture Program Chair
Panelists: City of Detroit Director of Planning, Maurice Cox; Taubman College architecture assistant professor of practice/Housing studio coordinator, Lars Graebner; Taubman College architecture professor, Craig Borum; Taubman College architecture lecturer, Kim Dowdell; and Taubman College architecture lecturer/Bedrock director of architecture, James Witherspoon.
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Presentations of housing concepts by studio
  • Eastern Market / Dequindre Cut: Lars Gräbner, Christina Hansen, Craig Borum, Claudia Wigger
  • Livernois / McNichols: Doug Kelbaugh, Kit McCullough
  • Clark Park / Mexicantown: Kevin Adkins, Mick Kennedy, Jonathan Rule
  • M5 / Grandland: Joel Schmidt, James Witherspoon
  • M5 / Redford Theater: U. Sean Vance, Kim Dowdell


Detroit Design 139 is an exhibition that displays 38 architecture and design projects from across the city's 139 square miles, collectively celebrating the city's design legacy while also suggesting Detroit's future built and natural environment. It is free and open to the public.

University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture's "A City For All: Future Housing Models for the City of Detroit" is a part of the exhibition, which opened Sept. 14, 2017. For more about Detroit 139: detroitdesign139.com