Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

  1. June Manning Thomas recognized with ACSP Distinguished Educator Award

    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning recognized June Manning Thomas, Centennial Professor Emerita of urban and regional planning and Mary Frances Berry Distinguished University Professor of urban planning, with a Distinguished Educator Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to the planning field.

  2. ArcPrep: Detroit high school students survey the expansiveness of architecture

    ArcPrep runs five days a week at the Michigan Research Studio in downtown Detroit, a block away from the U-M Detroit Center. The program takes DPSCD students through five modules a semester. Each module—tool box; food, culture and access; institutions and civil liberties; technology and the city; final project—is meant to show students opportunities of the practice.

  3. Taubman College welcomes Lauren Williams to faculty

    Lauren Williams will join Taubman College as an assistant professor of architecture and digital studies in the fall of 2023. Williams is a Detroit-based designer, researcher, writer, and educator working with visual and interactive media to understand, critique, and reimagine how social and economic systems distribute and exercise power.

  4. Engage Detroit Workshops showcase brings community and U-M together

    The Engage Detroit Workshops grant program will support eight teams of U-M faculty, staff, students, and community partners in organizing workshops that will strengthen partnerships between the University of Michigan and Detroit. The 2023 round of funding is supporting projects through August 2024. The projects range from one that helps parents become more involved in their children’s education to another that explores the range of fatherhood experiences.

  5. Symposium on the egalitarian metropolis looks towards an inclusive recovery for Detroit

    The symposium, hosted by the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, is the culmination of the Michigan-Mellon Project on the Egalitarian Metropolis. Sessions are open to the entire University of Michigan community and beyond.

  6. Latest round of Pressing Matters grants includes Black Bottom reconstruction

    Five projects will receive funding in the latest round of Pressing Matters grants, a research incentive funding program that supports research advancing the state of practice in Taubman College’s various disciplines and forges new interdisciplinary opportunities. The projects include one that aims to reconstruct Black Bottom, a thriving Afro-American community sacrificed for urban renewal projects in the 1950s and 1960s.

  7. Detroit’s path to inclusive recovery requires untangling legacies

    Now in its concluding year, the project is evolving into an Urban Humanities Initiative at the University of Michigan, which will continue to connect humanities researchers, planners, and architects, along with community leaders outside the university, as they work toward a fairer future.

  8. Robinson recognized with AIA Michigan award for Frita Batidos Detroit

    Interior lighting in the space is mediated by a combination of 9 shades and glosses of white pigments, producing a visual richness and reflective reverb that ensures every Instagrammer and foodie has perfect lighting for social media dispersion.

  9. Q&A: Faye Alexander Nelson’s vision put Detroit on revival path

    “We found that placemaking had a very positive impact on the growth and development and the resurgence of urban communities, really throughout the throughout the world, but especially here in Detroit, and that it really helped to drive the change in conversation.”