Rule & Form: 2016 Graduate Student Conference

The 2016 Taubman College Graduate Student Conference took place February 5-6. Beginning with a keynote lecture by Reinhold Martin of Columbia University, the conference continued with presentations from eleven graduate students from the disciplines of architecture history, design studies, urban planning, the history of technology, sociology, and geography. A full conference schedule including presentation titles is included below.



Friday, February 5th

6:00PM Keynote Address:

“Beijing in Detroit” Reinhold Martin, Associate Professor
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Director, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture

Saturday, February 6

9:10AM Opening Remarks: Michael Abrahamson

9:15 – 10:45AM Panel 1: Power

“The World’s Most Beautiful Cruise Terminal”: An Interface Between Miami and the Globe
Jesse Smith, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
Critical Spaces of Exception: Reconstruction and Reproduction of Exclusionary Construction Practices in Haiti
Irene Brisson, Architecture, University of Michigan
The Will to Remove: Rendering Blight Removal Logistical in Detroit, MI
RJ Koscielniak, Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Quiet encroachment in the uneven metropolitan growth of Guatemala City
Andres Anleu Vasquez, Architecture, University of Michigan

11:00 – 11:30AM Breakout Session: 1

11:30 – 12:30PM Lunch

12:30 – 2:00PM Panel 2: Governance

The Territory of Jerusalem (Stone)
Faiq Mari, Architecture, University of Michigan
The evolution of pedestrianization inPost World War II America and Canada
Kelly Gregg, Urban Planning, University of Toronto
Which spaces to Neoliberalize?: Explaining the priorities of the Peruvian government’s mass regularization of squatter settlements, 1996-2000
Simeon Newman, Sociology, University of Michigan
Vending the City?: Power, Positioning and Policing in New York City’s Sidewalk Conflicts
Rida Qadri, Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

2:15 – 2:45PM Breakout Session: 2

2:45 – 3:00PM Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:30PM Panel 3: Imaginaries

Greening the City: A displacement in disguise? Social Perspectives on the Highline
Eman Abdelhalim Lasheen, Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
When Pointes Become Pits: CentrePointe and the Limits of Speculative Neoliberal Governance in Lexington, KY
Eric Huntley, Geography, University of Kentucky
“A Magnificently Ludicrous Plan”: Marcel Breuer’s Grand Central Tower and the Dilemma of Preservation after the Neoliberal Turn
Salvatore Dellaria, Architecture, Cornell University
Innovation Districts as the New Spaces of Exception
Carla Maria Kayanan, Urban Planning, University of Michigan

4:30 – 5:00 PM Bridging Methodologies: Reinhold Martin



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