Global Place: The Taubman College Centennial Conference

Global Place: The Taubman College Centennial Conference

Taubman College, the University of Michigan

JANUARY 4–6 2007, at the University of Michigan


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 with a panel of distinguished guests, including Homi Bhabha, Charles Correa, Kenneth Frampton, Liane LeFaivre, Saskia Sassen and Michael Sorkin at Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus.

The following two days 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 Phillip 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.

Other topics of discussion include information technology, community and the city, and mega-cities, punctuated by case studies and panel discussions among guests and faculty respondents from other schools at the University of Michigan. "Our conference title, Global Place, seeks to capture that paradox-that is, the challenge of creating place in a world dominated by the forces of placelessness," says Robert Fishman, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and one of the conference's organizers.

For more information, visit the website at, or contact the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. For parking information visit

Please send questions about the event to [email protected].

Related Link: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

For more information contact:

Mary Anne Drew
Taubman College, the University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Bl
Ann Arbor
MI 48109-2069

Phone: 7347641315
Fax: 7347632322
Email: [email protected]

Posted December 19, 2006

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