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Exhibition On View: Research Through Making

March 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm - March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Exhibition On View: Research Through Making

Exhibition On View: March 10 – April 15

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 seventh 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.

Presentation of projects will start at 6:00pm in the Art & Architecture Building Auditorium, with a reception to follow at the Liberty Annex.

Research Through Making Installations:

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

  • Benjamin Ball, Lead Artist and Principal, Ball-Nogues Studio
  • Brooke Hodge, Deputy director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Mark Lamster, Architecture critic, The Dallas Morning News

The Liberty Gallery is located at 305 W. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor. Exhibition hours are Thursday to Sunday from 3:00-7:00pm unless otherwise noted. 



March 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm
March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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