Taubman College


Liberty Gallery

Research Through Making

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

2013-2014 Architecture Fellows

March 19–April 27, 2014

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, "Pleasure Box | Clouds"
Farzin Lotfi-Jam, "Hairy Value: Preserving the Elvis Hip Thrust"
Clark Thenhaus, "Secret Landscapes and Non-Urban Objects"

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