Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.”

  5. From garden to growth: This urban garden cultivates young leaders

    Cadillac Urban Gardens doesn’t just grow produce. It grow leaders and environmental stewards, says U-M alumna Sarah Clark, who founded the garden. Clark started working with Dolores Perales in 2013 when she was a sophomore at Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Perales went on to earn dual master’s degrees from U-M.

  6. Collective Experimentation and Acts of Urbanism in Banglatown, Detroit

    Participants toured locations such as the Detroit Riverfront with Professor Maria Arquero, the Packard Plant with Professor Robert Adams, and Historic Fort Wayne with Detroit Historical Society curator Jeremy Dimmick.

  7. Gaston says Song Foundation plans Detroit investments

    “People talked about the Michigan Difference. Part of that is U-M’s worldwide network of alums. I didn’t understand that until after I graduated.”

    ~ Khalilah Burt Gaston

  8. Q&A: Yvette Rock connects children to the possibilities of a life in art

    “And I got to Detroit and I immediately knew it. I was a student, but I knew I needed to be here. It resonated with who I am as a person.”
    ~ Yvette Rock

  9. Luther aims to make Detroit a more vibrant and economically equitable city

    Detroit faces special challenges in creating a more equitable economy, Elizabeth Luther said. Following the post-World War II boom, Detroit experienced some of the most devastating business disinvestment and population loss of any city in the country.