Recent Publications

Damage & Repair: Imagining collective dwelling in rural Haiti

In 1994 the Haitian urbanism research group Centre de recherches urbaines-travaux(CRUT) visualized a collective form to resist the oppressive structures of a neoliberal world order. The Workers Repatriation Center of Haiti (WRCH) proposed by CRUT centered the communal relationships between people and homeland, which are a profound aspect of Haitian identity demonstrated in the history of the lakou system.

Thresholds Journal ︎︎

How Detroit’s architect helped the Soviet Union industrialize

In the spring of 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression, Albert Kahn Associates was contracted to design the Stalingrad Tractor Plant, the first facility of its kind in the Soviet Union. That project led to a much larger contract for the firm to consult on industrial construction across the Soviet Union and the establishment of a satellite design office in Moscow from 1930 to 1932.

Curbed Detroit ︎︎


Recent Events

February 5, 2020:
Dismantling Functioning Definitions of an Architect + Planner
(speaker)

Kicking off Black History Month activities, NOMAS, DEI, and UPSA at Taubman College have organized a presentation and discussion about the historic exclusion of Black architects and urban planners from visibility in our professions. What are new and more inclusive definitions of practice that will accommodate greater diversity in architecture and planning?

UMICH NOMAS︎︎
February 1, 2020:
Interlude | Conversation with Saskia Sassen, Utopia vs. the City P+ARG Biennial Conference 
(facilitator)

Eric Bettis (Urban Planning) and Irene Brisson (Architecture) facilitated a roundtable conversation with Planning & Architecture Research Group conference keynote speaker, Saskia Sassen, and conference participants about emergent themes and questions.

P+ARG Conference ︎︎