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Michigan/Mellon Research Colloquium

Michigan/Mellon Research Colloquium With Presentations by Suzanne Lettieri and Julie Pedtke

​“Prom Picture: Scénography and Self-Image of Detroit Send-Offs"

Suzanne Lettieri, Michigan/Mellon Design Fellow

"Equities: Cataloguing Emergent Development Models"

Julie Pedtke, Michigan/Mellon Design Fellow

The Michigan/Mellon Project on the Egalitarian Metropolis brings together designers and humanities scholars to discuss questions of urbanism, equity, privatization, and the common good. The project is co-directed by Robert Fishman, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Matthew Biro, Professor of Art History. For more information, please visit our website.

Suzanne Lettieri is the 2016-2018 Michigan-Mellon Design Fellow. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, she served as a Visiting Critic at Cornell University. She is the co-principle of JE-LE, an independent design and research practice. She previously worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, CODA, and Biber Architects. As project leader with CODA, she guided the design and construction of Party Wall, the winning entry at for the 2013 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, and Venice and published in Project and The Cornell Journal of Architecture. Lettieri’s fellowship research focuses on the border conditions of Detroit, materialized through a series of contentious objects. Her study of the intentional misuse of these objects offers a possible framework to consider discrete, site specific, and architectural-scale propositions that interface with urbanism and infrastructure.

Julie Pedtke has recently completed a Master of Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. During her undergraduate thesis at Hampshire College, she partnered with public housing tenants to explore ongoing activist campaigns in Holyoke, Massachusetts alongside histories of public participation in urban redevelopment. She is most interested in interdisciplinary work addressing social justice issues in post-industrial cities, specifically through cooperative ownership models, participatory planning and design methods, and grassroots organizing. She is continuing a study of community land trusts, foreclosure, and alternative finance with the Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis this year.

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