Borderlands: International Architecture Workshop 6

November 27, 2007

Tags BioGretchen WilkinsPaul Minifie

Borderlands: International Architecture Workshop 6

Detroit, Michigan USA, November 25 – December 5, 2007

“The International Architecture Workshop is a consortium of architects and educators researching contemporary urbanism through architecture, design and teaching. Hosted annually by one of the participating universities, each workshop focuses on architecture and urbanism as influenced by current industrial, economic and territorial shifts.

The 2007 workshop is entitled Borderlands and will investigate a site in southwest area of Detroit bounded by West Grand Boulevard, Rosa Parks Boulevard, the Detroit River and Michigan Avenue. Located one kilometer from downtown and including an interstate freeway, the international border crossing with Canada, the Mexicantown neighborhood and the abandoned Michigan Central Depot, the site is both highly prominent and extraordinarily contested. Student projects for this site will be presented at the University of Michigan Detroit Center on Friday December 7th, and a public symposium on architecture and urbanism will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD) on December 8th.”

Workshop leaders:

Gretchen Wilkins (Workshop Coordinator)
Ann Arbor, USA
Yasuaki Onoda; Tohru Horiguchi; Masashige Motoe; Senhiko Nakata; Osamu Tsukihashi
Sendai, JAPAN
Paul Minifie; Jan van Schaik
RMIT Architecture, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Élodie Nourrigat; Jacques Brion; Romain Jamot
Montpellier, FRANCE
Ignasi Pérez Arnal; Silvestre Castellani; Josep Cargol
Barcelona, SPAIN (Spanish partners were unable to attend)

Workshop participants:

Architecture Academics and Students from:
University of Michigan College of Architecture, Detroit, Michigan, USA (hosts)
RMIT Architecture, Melbourne Australia
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier (ENSAM), Montpellier, France
Migayi University, Sendai, Japan
Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
Tohoku University of Technology, Sendai, Japan
Universtitat Internacional de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain

Workshop Publication:

ENTROPIA: Incremental Gestures Towards a Possible Urbanism

International Architecture Workshop,
Detroit, Michigan, USA, 2007
Gretchen Wilkins, Editor
Montpellier: Association Champ Libre, 2008
ISBN: 2-9519793-2-0