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Research Through Making 2017

2017 Research Through Making 

Historically, research and creative practice have been constructed as "opposites." This is not an unusual struggle in architecture schools, particularly in the context of a research university. This perceived tension between design and research is indicative of age-old anxieties within the architecture field to understand its nature as an "applied art." Design can be a purely creative activity not unlike creative practices in music and art. In other cases, design can be a purely problem solving activity, not unlike research in engineering and industrial production.

In its eighth year, University of Michigan Taubman College's Research Through Making (RTM) Program provides seed funding for faculty research, worked on by faculty, students and interdisciplinary experts. The exhibition presents tangible results of their collaborative work.

Presentations will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:00pm in the Art & Architecture Auditorium will be followed by an exhibition opening reception at the Liberty Research Annex. 
Exhibition on view March 16 - April 9, 2017 at the Liberty Research Annex Gallery.

2017 Research Through Making

2017 Research Through Making Projects

  • Thermoplastic Concrete Casting
    Wes McGee, Assistant Professor of Architecture
    Tsz Yan Ng, Assistant Professor of Architecture
    Catie Newell, Assistant Professor of Architecture
    John Granzow, Associate Professor, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
    Kim Harty, Assistant Professor / Section Head of Glass, College for Creative Studies, Detroit
  • DEPLOY: Spatial Patterns of Lightweight Landscapes 
    Ana Morcillo Pallares, Assistant Professor of Architecture
    Jonathan Rule, Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture
  • Latitudo Borealis
    Dustin Brugmann, Lecturer in Architecture
    Lars Junghans, Assistant Professor of Architecture
    Geoff Thun, Associate Professor of Architecture
  • Morphable Architectures
    Sean Ahlquist, Assistant Professor of Architecture
    Wes McGee, Assistant Professor of Architecture
    Henry Sodano, Associate Professor, College of Engineering

Grant submissions were anonymously evaluated by a distinguished jury from outside the college:

  • Nataly Gattegno, Associate Professor and Chair, California College of the Arts Graduate Architecture Program and Founding Design Partner, Future Cities Lab
  • Lisa Iwamoto, Professor of Architecture, University of California Berkeley, Principal, IwamotoScott Architecture
  • Kent Kleinman, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University
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