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 fourth 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:
Electroform(alism): Masters, substrates and the rules of attraction
Jean-Louis Farges and Anya Sirota
McLain Clutter and Kyle Reynolds
(DE)COMPOSING TERRITORY: Enclosure as a negotiation between bioplastics + environments
Crease, Fold, Pour: Advancing Flexible Formwork with Digital Fabrication and Origami Folding
Platform for Architecture & Makin' It, A Situation Comedy
John McMorrough and Julia McMorrough
Judges: Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture; Michael Meredith, Principal, MOS; Assistant Professor, Princeton School of Architecture; Joe Valerio, Principal, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Maciej Kaczynski Project Lead
Eric Pasche Research Assistant + Fabrication
Brandon Vieth Research Assistant + Fabrication
Lauren Bebry Research Assistant + Fabrication
Eric Meyer Representation + Fabrication
Jason Prasad Programmer
Adam Smith Cinematography
Peter Von Buelow Structural
Harry Giles Structural
Nathaniel Stanton Structural
Wes McGee Fabrication
Catie Newell Lighting
Oona O’Leary Screenplay
Doug Miller Folding
Claude Bergeron Concrete
Vince Alessi Concrete
Roy “Billy” Griffits
U of M OVPR
Sonics & Materials, Inc.
University of Michigan Taubman College
Monica Ponce de Leon
The Office theme song was written by Jay Ferguson and performed by The Scrantones.
This video is not intended for commercial use. Produced for academic and personal use only.
Castable and malleable materials (e.g. concrete, plaster, rockite and etc..) deserve a renewed consideration in architectural design due to their connection historically to the craftsman role and embodiment of tacit knowledge that extends beyond what is explicitly gained to contemporary digital fabrication and design. Castable material in the contemporary discourse of architecture has faded mainly in response to two conditions, one to the rise of digital fabrication, the usability and feasibility of standardized sheet material such as plywood boards. Second is the incapacity for architecture to engage inexact materials to be integrated in the architectural design process. This project seeks bring castable and malleable materials back into the discourse of architecture with the advent of recent affordable and the re-purposing of specific technologies to explore 3D vision and scanning to capture the latent potential of an unpredictable means of generating form.
Master of Science in Architecture: Digital Technologies by Robert Yuen
Design Research Project
Cinematography: Adam Smith | synecdochedesign.com
Jono Bentley Sturt