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Global Place: Practice, Politics, and the Polis

4. January 2007 • Juliew
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Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Centennial Conference
Rackham Auditorium and the BSRB (Pringle) Auditorium

Global Place: Practice, Politics, and the Polis, the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s centennial conference, will bring together two dozen renowned architects, urban planners, researchers and scholars from around the world. They will address questions and opportunities that architecture and planning face in an increasingly urbanized, media-driven and commoditized world.

A century ago, the planet was primarily rural; today it is half urban; and in twenty-five years it will be predominately urban. What does this mean for the design, production, sustainability and experience of our buildings and cities? For the sense of community and place?

The two-day interdisciplinary symposium kicks off on January 4 at 5:00pm with a high-octane panel of distinguished guests, including Homi Bhabha, Charles Correa, Kenneth Frampton, Liane LeFaivre, Saskia Sassen and Michael Sorkin at Rackham Auditorium.

The following two days (in the Biomedical Science Research Building (Pringle) Auditorium) will focus on global politics and practice, including presentations by Susan Fainstein, Ken Yeang, Teddy Cruz, Dan Solomon, Marilyn Taylor, Bish Sanyal, John Habraken, Arif Hasan, and Philip Enquist. Other sessions will focus on global cities and on sustainability and technological issues, with talks by David Orr, John Thackara, Anthony Townsend, Anne Spirn, Anne Vernez Moudon and Alex Wall.

This conference will also be available via streaming video.

  1. I’ve been to every session so far and highly recommend anyone interested in global development issues swing by Saturday.

       —Dale    Jan. 6 '07 - 08:06AM    #
  2. Here is a better link to the main web site and the Saturday schedule.

       —Juliew    Jan. 6 '07 - 08:29AM    #
  3. While I have been around the BSRB several times, this was my first time in it, as well as the auditorium. The main, multi-story atrium of the BSRB is quite awesome in its height, but the first-level decor is overly spare, I think, and misses the opportunity for some engaging art on the walls. There were some pieces on the wall, but I didn’t find them legible — they seemed to be set of formal ornaments rather than meaningful objects or images.

       —Dale    Jan. 6 '07 - 09:51AM    #