Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

  1. 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.

  2. Equitable design focus of ‘Size Up’ event

    The public forum convenes artists, architects, urbanists, activists and thinkers from around the world to evaluate and discuss ways to meaningfully intervene. It showcases work that equitably addresses social problems, especially in places where design is traditionally unavailable or inaccessible. 

  3. Gräbner and Hansen: scaling social sustainability

    To help emerging architects develop the technical skills and realistic experience they will need in actual practice, Hansen and Gräbner work each fall with students in Taubman College’s Systems Studio. 

  4. Arquero de Alarcón: giving a voice to underserved communities from Detroit to São Paulo

    María Arquero de Alarcón is interested in bringing design and planning capacities to under-resourced communities that are typically overlooked by mainstream professional practice.

  5. Urban Tech Prototype Grant awardees to explore air quality, monetizing geolocation data, and intergenerational storytelling

    The grant program is the latest example of Taubman College’s leadership in the burgeoning field of urban technology. Taubman College launched a new Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology that welcomed its first cohort of students in January 2022.

  6. New faculty grant supports research on pressing matters

    Taubman College is excited to announce the inaugural recipients of Pressing Matters grants. The new research incentive funding program will support work that advances the state of knowledge and/or practice…

  7. Taubman students explore counter-mapping and storytelling on Detroit’s Belle Isle

    Led by María Arquero de Alarcón, associate professor of architecture and urban and regional planning, students explored Wahnabezee — or Belle Isle, as the island park is known today — through oral and written histories, archival material, maps, photographs, and site visits to gain a multi-layered reading of the island and its hidden stories.

  8. Stamps shines bright at DLECTRICITY

    Inspired by Nuit Blanche arts fes­ti­vals from around the world, DLEC­TRIC­ITY is a spec­tac­u­lar out­door visual light and art cel­e­bra­tion that takes place in Detroit’s cul­tural cen­ter and DTE’s Bea­con Park Fri­day and Sat­ur­day from 7 p.m. to midnight. 

  9. Sharon Haar: exploring social activism in architecture practice and education

    Detroit, like many cities, is in great need of housing that’s both accessible and appropriate for its residents — especially the 40 percent of Black Detroiters who don’t have access to a car.