Research

Modern in Context

This article provides additional context for what was happening in design, education and practice during the "modern" period. All which influenced architecture and design in Ann Arbor. Another excellent resource for research and practice specific to the University of Michigan is More than a handsome box : education in architecture at the University of Michigan, 1876-1986 by Nancy R. Bartlett, Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan...

What is modern: characteristics of modern architecture

What is different about modern architecture? a2 modern member, Greg Jones, A.I.A., summarizes some of the common characteristics of this period of architecture. Characteristics of Mid-Century Modern: Lack of ornament: Decorative moldings and elaborate trim are eliminated or greatly simplified, giving way to a clean aesthetic where materials meet in simple, well-executed joints. Emphasis of rectangular forms and horizontal and vertical lines: Shapes of houses are based boxes,...

Alden Dow’s Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman

Originally published in:  Ann Arbor Observer, August 1998 Inspired by a teenage trip to Japan, the Dow Chemical heir spurned the family business to devote his life to architecture. From city hall to the U-M’s administration building, he put a quirky modernist stamp on the city. Judy Dow Rumelhart was walking down Fifth Avenue one day recently when it started to rain. Looking around for shelter, she spotted the Ann Arbor District...