January 18–February 26, 2014
January 17 opening: lecture by Jimenez Lai, 6pm Art & Architecture Aud; reception following
"Possible Mediums" is an exhibition showcasing a series of design investigations based in speculative architectural mediums, driven by a group of emerging designers. The exhibition is the culmination of the Possible Mediums project, a series of events sponsored by The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, and University of Kentucky College of Design. The inaugural event, a regional conference that took place at The Ohio State University in February 2013, brought together 18 designers,120 students, and special guests to participate in design workshops and formal discussions surrounding the question of mediums in contemporary architecture. Challenging the boundaries of architectural convention, the 12 workshop leaders led students in exploratory processes rooted in mediums external to the discipline (such as film or comics) or developed from atypical applications of more conventional mediums (such as drawings or models). The exhibition will present new commissioned works by some of the conference participants that demonstrate new implications of the workshops. Assistant Professor Adam Fure organized the exhibition and designed the installation.
Supported by the Graham Foundation and, in Ann Arbor, sponsored by the Johe Endowment Fund
March 13–April 20, 2014
March 12 opening: presentations by project teams, 6 pm, Art & Arch. Aud; reception following
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)
- "In Reflection": 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)
Thesis Reviews and exhibition
April 30–May 4, 2014
ROB|ARCH: Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design
May 14–through the summer
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 Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. 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 select research institutions on the east coast of the United States, aimed at exposing the advanced capabilities of applied robotic research. Following the workshops, the conference will span two days at the University of Michigan Campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about an hour outside of Detroit, the origin of robotics in North America. The internationally renowned publishing house Springer Wien/New York will publish and market the proceedings of the conference worldwide.
Some of the fabrication from the workshops will be exhibited in the Liberty gallery from the conference meeting dates through the end of the summer. The exhibition is organized by Assistant Professor and Director of the FABLab, Wes McGee, and FABLab Coordinator Aaron Willette.
Taubman College Gallery
January 25–February 28, 2014
Opening January 24, 6pm lecture by John Macarthur, University of Queensland
"In the Garden Grows a Lump" is an exhibition and drawing colloquium organized around rare illustrated manuscripts on picturesque gardens. The basis of the project is a large collection of 18th and 19th century books on the picturesque held in the University of Michigan Library special collections, which are rarely available for public view and have not had a prominent place in teaching or scholarship in the Department of Architecture. The exhibition will include 15-20 manuscripts, a series of printed, enlarged reproductions of drawings in the manuscripts to show detail and technique, and a series of large-format drawings that interpret and analyze the historical source material. It will be accompanied by a colloquium with visiting scholars. Assistant Professor Andrew Holder organized the exhibition and designed the installation.
Sponsored by The Guido A. Binda Lecture and Exhibition Fund
2013-2014 Architecture Fellows
March 19–April 27, 2014
March 18 opening, 6 pm Presentations by the Fellows, 6 pm Art & Arch Aud; reception following
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-Jain, Walter B. Sanders Fellow
Clark Thenhaus, Willard A. Oberdick Fellow
Thesis Honors Projects
May 10–early September
Events are free and open to the public.
Taubman College Gallery, room 2106 Art and Architecture Building, hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Liberty Gallery, 305 W. Liberty St., hours: Thursday to Sunday, 3-7 pm