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Michigan-Mellon Colloquia: Conversation 2 of 2

December 7, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Michigan-Mellon Colloquia: Conversation 2 of 2

Colloquium 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lunch 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Michigan-Mellon Project
The Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis, a 4-year academic and research initiative focused on architecture, urbanism and humanities research in Detroit, Mexico City DF and Rio de Janeiro, is made possible by a $1.3 million grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation’s Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is a new initiative in the Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities program interested in establishing multidisciplinary research programs that can generate new insights into changing urban conditions. The project allows the particularity of design practices to inform and be informed by broader questions of social justice, social movements and transformative creative arts movements –  both historically and contemporaneously.

Michigan-Mellon Colloquia this fall are two hours in length and will address the following questions:

  • What do contemporary conceptions of justice demand of us as academics, activists and cultural workers?
  • What aspects of conventional city-making (planning, architectural and urban design, landscape design, private and public investment, etc.) are ripe for re-invention, overturning, or reconsideration in light of how lived experiences of the urban poor and others are falling short of our expectations?  
  • What role does racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, and nation of origin play in attempting to construct a more egalitarian city in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and/or Detroit?


Janet Attarian, Deputy Director, Detroit Planning and Development Office
Lars Graebner, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Christina Hansen, Lecturer, University of Michigan

To join, please RSVP to Kate Grandfield, 734.615.5260, grandk@umich.edu


Janet Attarian

Janet Attarian is the current Deputy Director of Detroit’s Planning and Development office. She has worked for the City of Chicago as their Complete Streets Director working to turn streets into great urban space through a variety of initiatives including: Pilsen Sustainable Street, Millennium Park Bike Station, and the Green Alley Program. Attarian earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. After graduation she worked in both the greater Detroit and Chicago Areas as an Architect at Angelini and Associates, Vesta Design, DLK Architecture Inc., and the City of Chicago. Her urban design publications include: “Greener Alleys” covering Chicago’s Green Alley Program and it’s outcomes, as well as “Hop on Board: Steps Toward a more Sustainable Regional Transportation Infrastructure.”


December 7, 2016
10:00 am - 12:30 pm