The City Critical–Doctoral Studies in Architecture Colloquium Winter 2017


This colloquium investigates numerous techniques used in engaging the condition of Detroit. Raising questions around effective research, design, curation, and activism, the colloquium foregrounds problems and interventions in Detroit as effective globally-applicable models.

Observing crisis as opportunity, the colloquium asks what this city teaches us about research, design practices and the nature of the contemporary city. If Detroit illustrates the failures of the city, can this city in subtraction also provide a means of understanding systematically its networks of collapse, and the resiliency that replaces it?

Coming conversations:

Feb 17, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 2213, Architectural Ecumenicism: Qualities and Quantities;

Mar 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 2213, Mapping Detroit;

Mar 17, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 2213, Urban Ethnography;

Mar 24, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 2213, Architectural History and Exhibition Design

Mar 31, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 2213, Research and Activism;

Apr 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 2213, Interdisciplinary Cities: Research for City Making;


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