1. 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
    Empty Pavilion
    McLain Clutter and Kyle Reynolds
    (DE)COMPOSING TERRITORY: Enclosure as a negotiation between bioplastics + environments
    Meredith Miller
    Crease, Fold, Pour: Advancing Flexible Formwork with Digital Fabrication and Origami Folding
    Maciej Kaczynski
    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

    "The Time To Run (Finale)" by Dexter Britain (dexterbritain.co.uk)

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  2. Crease, Fold, Pour: Advancing Flexible Formwork with Digital Fabrication and Origami Folding -

    A (mock) documentary about the making of an architectural research project as part of the 2012 Research Through Making grant at the University of Michigan Taubman College.

    Directed by: Adam Smith, Maciej Kacynski
    Written by: Adam Smith, Oona O'leary, Maciej Kaczynski
    Edited by: Adam Smith
    Director of Photography: Adam Smith

    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

    Lisa Sauvé
    John Guinn
    Roy “Billy” Griffits
    Ryan Ornberg
    Brenna Williams
    Katie Baldwin
    Shan Sutherland
    Justin Tingue
    Andrew Wolking

    U of M OVPR

    Lafarge, Inc.
    BASF Corporation
    Grace Construction
    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.

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  3. supermanoeuvre.com/venice/

    Client: Australian Institute of Architects

    Project Leads:
    Supermanoeuvre (Dave Pigram and Iain Maxwell)
    in collaboration with
    Matter Design Studio (Wes Mcgee)

    Fabrication team:
    Ben Hagenhofer
    James "Whit" Self
    Lauren Vasey

    Fabricated at the
    University of Michigan
    Taubman College of Architecture and
    Urban Planning

    Music: "Note Drop" by Broke For Free (brokeforfree.com/)

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  4. robertyuen.com/

    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

    Production Assistants:
    William Liow
    Jono Bentley Sturt
    Charlie Veneklase
    Erica Wannemacher


    "Time to Move and Motivate" by The Insider (cheshiremusic.net)

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  5. Robotic Fabrication at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planing at University of Michigan.


    "Calling (Instrumental)" by Dexter Britain (dexterbritain.co.uk)

    # vimeo.com/66203042 Uploaded 876 Plays 0 Comments


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