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Research on the City

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

Since its inception in 2012, Research on the City engages both faculty and students with interdisciplinary research on urban topics. Today cities and their metropolitan regions face some of the greatest challenges of our time ‐ rapid growth or sudden depopulation, environmental challenges, and economic instability, among others. To tackle these issues may require the collaboration of more than one discipline. Out of this impetus emerges Research on the City, which provides seed funding for Taubman College faculty to engage interdisciplinary teams across the University of Michigan to propose and execute a diverse range of research projects on urban topics.  Faculty are encouraged to work with motivated students on these projects, which are presented to the college-at-large and in an exhibition, both in Ann Arbor and the selected research city.

The 2014 Research on the City Projects

In its third year, Research on the City is a competitive faculty research grant program, intended to foster interdisciplinary research on urban topics. Grants to fund a yearlong study were awarded to five research teams. Projects in this year's competition were required to focus on urban challenges or questions faced in Chicago. This exhibition demonstrates the findings of their research and suggests further avenues to explore. Cynthia Berkshire (A.B.'83 LSA) and Alan Berkshire (B.S.'82) have generously supported the grant initiative and the exhibition.

The 2014 "Research on the City" Faculty Research Grant projects awarded, with affiliated Taubman College and interdisciplinary faculty, are:

Research on the City Exhibition

Opening: October 10, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Exhibition Runs: October 11 – November 19, 2014
Location: Liberty Gallery, 305 W. Liberty


  • Marshall Brown
    Marshall Brown Projects, Inc.
    Assistant Professor and Director of the Program of Landscape Architecture, IIT, Chicago
  • Cathy Lang Ho
    Principal, CLH Office, New York
    Contributing Editor, Architect Magazine
  • Ana Miljacki
    Assistant Professor, MIT, Boston
    Co-Curator of the American Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale
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