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Research Through Making

Research Through Making

2015 Research Through Making - Project Installation  Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Photo by Adam Smith

2015 Research Through Making – Project Installation
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Photo by Adam Smith

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 sixth 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.

Research Through Making Installations:

  • Drop Kick Push Pull

    Sean Vance – Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Siyang Ziui Chen – Artist/Designer

    Rebecca Hasson – Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology

  • Electrofrost

    Meredith Miller – Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Anya Sirota – Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Patrick Beaucé – Associate Professor, École nationale supérieure d’art de Nancy

    Jean Louis Farges – Principal, Akoaki

  • RoboPinch

    Karl Daubmann – Associate Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

  • Social Sensory Surfaces

    Sean Ahlquist – Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Dr. David Chesney – Lecturer IV, College of Engineering

    Sile O’Modhrain – Associate Professor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance , School of Information

  • Texture Tectonics

    Ellie Abrons – Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Adam Fure – Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

This exhibition runs from March 12 – April 12.

The Liberty Gallery is located at 305 W. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor. Exhibition hours are Thursday to Sunday from 3:00-7:00pm unless otherwise noted. 

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