The Berlage

Session Room K

Polyseamseal or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Caulk

Jason Young

Jason Young is Associate Professor of Architecture and 2012–2013 Helmet K. Stern Professor in the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. His academic research explores contemporary conditions of American urbanism in a post-city, digitally organized culture. Young is currently working on a book-length project tentatively tilted, Skirmishes with the Macrophenomenal: Letting Go of the City. The book explores franchise space, digital culture, and the emergence of a “database subject,” a new type of urban subject whose agency is constructed by big data.  From 2008–2012, Young taught and coordinated the new Master of Science Design Research (MSDR) degree concentration at Taubman College. A two-semester, postprofessional program, the MSDR explores the affiliations between institutions, urban territory, and contemporary digital culture. In 2007, Young initiated YARD, an independent construction studio and design practice based in Ann Arbor. YARD trades size for involvement, and thinks twice about it.

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