Practice Sessions is part of the University of Michigan’s “Third Century Initiative,” which funds experimental pedagogies in a bid to change how teaching and learning happen within the bounds of the institution. Since 2015, significant architectural practices have been invited to Taubman College to run a practice session. Each session centers on an immersive four-day design charette that culminates in a juried review and exhibition. These sessions are not workshops in the conventional sense. Invited practices are not selected to repeat a known and routinized working method in collaboration with students. Instead, invitees are called to work in an experimental mode, where they think of design not only as the artifact produced, but also as the conditions of that production: the design of the session topic, the design of the workspace where the session is held, the design of the way the session itself occupies the institution of Taubman College, and the design of the thing(s) produced by the practice session.
Practice Session No. 10 will bring together the next generation of leaders who aspire to rethink the business of architecture and the classroom, reflect the moment’s cultural, social, and/or political landscape, and imbricate design with the fight for equity and justice.
- Latoya Kamdang & Darius Somers, Moody Nolan / Pratt Institute
- Cait Cashner & Nick Safley, Payette / Kent State University
- Rekha Auguste-Nelson, Isabel Strauss, & Farnoosh Rafaie, Riff Studio
- Ian Miley & Estelle Yoon, Harvard University / i.e. studio
- Aaron Cayer, University of New Mexico