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"Re: Housing: Detroit" Symposium

September 13, 2019 at 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Re: Housing: Detroit

As North American cities work through the long-term implications of globalization, disinvestment, and post-recession revitalization, affordable housing and community resilience are essential, but often elusive elements of urban life. In its inclusive vision of “A City for All,” Detroit’s unprecedented multi-pronged approach to housing and neighborhood preservation and development offers lessons relevant to both rapidly growing and Rust Belt cities looking to preserve existing housing stock and spark new development.

Re: Housing: Detroit, a symposium held in Detroit and Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan, will convene innovators and researchers across the academy, real estate, architecture, planning, housing advocacy, and the city of Detroit in pursuit of real solutions to Detroit’s “Missing Middle” density housing. Architects and developers working on current projects in Detroit will meet together with others working on similar projects in the US and internationally in the context of the Detroit’s Month of Design and biennial exhibition “Detroit Design 139.” Through panels focused on urban density, domestic arrangements, and development protocols, they will exchange current research and contemporary projects that address the design of inclusive, affordable, medium-density housing.

The symposium is part of a five-year collaboration between the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department and Taubman College, University of Michigan.

The symposium will kick off with a keynote lecture in Downtown Detroit on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 PM. 

Live Stream

The Friday symposim will be available via live stream. Click here for the link to the live feed

Schedule + Participants

Thursday, September 12, 2019
(Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, Lecture Hall, Detroit)

6:30 PM Keynote Lecture
Paul Karakusevic, Karakusevic-Carson Architects

Friday, September 13, 2019
(Location: Art + Architecture Building, Ann Arbor)

8:30 AM Breakfast and Check-in

9:00 AM Welcome
Jonathan Massey, U-M Taubman College
Sharon Haar, U-M Taubman College
Maurice Cox, Incoming Commissioner for Planning and Development, City of Chicago

9:30 AM Panel 1: Reinhabiting the City Through Density
(AIA Course #RHD1)
Julie Eizenberg, Koning Eizenberg
​Matthew Lasner, Hunter College
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Independent Consultant, Fund for Public Housing
Respondent: Robert Fishman, U-M Taubman College

11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM Panel 2: Pro Forma & Protocols
(AIA Course #RHD2)
Angie Brooks, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa
​Jonathan Tate, OJT
Marc Norman, U-M Taubman College
Respondent: Joshua Akers, U-M Dearborn

12:45 PM Lunch

1:45 PM Detroit Interlude
(AIA Course #RHD4)
Abir Ali, Independent Consultant
Antonio Fiol-Silva, SITIO
Elizabeth Whittaker, Merge Architects
Lars Graebner, U-M Taubman College / VolumeOne

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Panel 3: New Domesticities
(AIA Course #RHD3)
Eunice Seng, The University of Hong Kong / SKEW Collaborative
​Ignacio Galán, Barnard College
​Anna Puigjaner, MAIO / Columbia GSAPP
Respondent: Matiss Groskaufmanis, U-M Taubman College 

4:30 PM Wrap Up

5:00 PM Closing Reception

The Friday event is eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance Credits and AIA LU/HSWs. AIA Provider number 60114128.


Header image is from a Fall 2018 studio course project, “Russell Creative,” designed by Masters of Architecture students Brian Baksa, Sarah Arthur, and Eric Minton.



September 13, 2019
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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