The Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) is an organization created by and for the doctoral students at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Our main purpose is to enhance the social and academic experiences of research students in the college. We seek to foster a sense of community among planning and architecture students and to sustain the exchange of ideas within and between our disciplines, with a primary focus on issues related to the built environment. We organize forums and workshops for sharing research across disciplines as well as casual social events. We also use the group as a platform from which to approach administrators and outside groups with our aspirations and concerns as a student body. We are best known for our Emerging Voices speaker series, which has brought more than a dozen outstanding scholars to campus since its inception in 2009. We also organize workshops and presentations for students to improve their own scholarship, and receive constructive feedback from their peers.
Selection of Past Events:
Biennial Graduate Student Conferences:
“Networks of Power and Knowledge”
Keynote: Kazys Varnelis "Network Histories: Milgram and Baran in Perspective”
“Rule & Form: Confronting The Spatial Transactions And Logistics Of Capital”
Keynote: Reinhold Martin
Keynote: Panos Leventis
“The Lean Years”
Keynote: Ellen Dunham Jones
Emerging Voices Lecture Series:
Fall 2017: Emerging Voices Lecture & Colloquium: Tarek Rakha
"Performative Built Environments: Transdisciplinary Necessity in the Age of Climate Change"
Winter 2017: Emerging Voices Lecture & Colloquium: Kian Goh
"How to be an Accomplice: Urban Research and Practice in a Time of Socio-Ecological Uncertainties"
Fall 2016: Emerging Voices Lecture & Colloquium: Francesca Ammon
"Bulldozer: The Culture of Clearance in Postwar America"
Research in Progress Workshops:
Faiq Mari, Architecture
Spaces of security and insecurity: the First Intifada and the settlement road infrastructure in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Bri Gauger, Urban and Regional Planning
Feminism and Planning: An Intellectual History
Irene Brisson, Architecture
Aid Houses & the Humanitarian Village: Post-disaster NGO housing design in Haiti
Leadership (2018 - 2019)
Robert Pfaff (Co-President)
Dicle Taskin (Treasurer)
Rebecca Smith (Communications)
If you would like more information about involvement, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
P+ARG is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop and open to individuals studying the built environment and urbanism at the University of Michigan.