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Research on the City 2012

This grant program and exhibition were generously supported by Cynthia (A.B.'83 LSA) and Alan Berkshire (B.S.'82).

In its inaugural year of 2012, Research on the City kicked off this competitive faculty research grant program, intended to foster interdisciplinary research on urban topics. Today cities and their metropolitan regions face some of the greatest challenges of our time, among others rapid growth or depopulation, environmental challenges and economic instability. In this initial year, the grant proposals were limited to research projects that focus on the city of Detroit.

Exhibition Opening and Presentations: November 16, 2012.

This grant program and exhibition were generously supported by Cynthia (A.B. '83 LSA) and Alan Berkshire (B.S.'82).

The 2012 "Research on the City" Faculty Research Grant projects awarded, with affiliated Taubman College and interdisciplinary faculty, are:

  • A Dozen Playgrounds 
    Jennifer Maigret, Assistant Professor of Architecture
    María Arquero de Alarcón, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
    R. Charles Dershimer, Clinical Professor (School of Education)

  • Atlas of Love and Hate: Detroit Geographies 
    Steven Mankouche, Associate Professor of Architecture
    Andrew Herscher,  Associate Professor of Architecture
    Andrew Thompson, Lecturer (Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design)

  • Geographies of Trash 
    El Hadi Jazairy, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Rania Ghosn,  Assistant Professor of Architecture
    Sangyun Lee, Research Fellow (School of Natural Resources and Environment)

  • Imaging Detroit 
    Mireille Roddier, Associate Professor  of Architecture 
    Anya Sirota,  Assistant Professor of Architecture
    Jean Louis Farges, AKOAKI
    Lada Adamic, Associate Professor (School of Information & Center for the Study of Complex Systems)

  • Re: Tool-Kit for Detroit 
    Heidi Beebe, Lecturer 
    Julia McMorrough,  Associate Professor of Architecture
    Seth Ellis,  Assistant Professor (Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design)
    John Marshall, Assistant Professor(Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design)

Grant submissions were anonymously evaluated by a distinguished jury from outside the college:

  • Malik Goodwin (B.S.'97, M.Arch./M.U.P.'02), Vice President- Project Management, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; Taubman College Alumni Society Board of Governors member
  • Maria Nicanor, Assistant Curator of Architecture, Guggenheim; co-curator, BMW Guggenheim Lab
  • Andrew Zago, Architect and Founder, Zago Architecture

2012 Reception Images