About the Building

The James and Anne Duderstadt Center, a part of the U-M Library, formerly known as the Media Union, opened in 1996 as a special place to provide faculty and students with the tools and collaborative space for creating the future. Located on the University of Michigan North Campus, the Duderstadt Center houses the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library, the College of Engineering Computer Aided Engineering Network (CAEN), the Digital Media Commons, and the Millennium Project, the building provides a nexus for creative and technological innovation across disciplines. The Mujo Cafe provides a space for refreshment and social interaction.

With 400+ computers available 24/7, the Duderstadt Center is the largest public computing site at the University of Michigan. It also offers student access to 3D and virtual reality labs, a large video production studio, a state-of-the-art audio recording studio, two electronic music studios and two teleconferencing rooms. The library's engineering resources are among the most comprehensive in the country with large portions of its journal holdings being available electronically. The library's Special Collections and Visual Resources Collection (Imageworks) offer special resources to support the School of Art and Design, and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Designed by Albert Kahn Associates of Detroit, the building opened its doors in 1996. A vast north-facing expanse of glass illuminates the 1st floor atrium, its colorful mural "Euclid's Comet" by Dorothea Rockburne, and 2nd floor library lobby. The pyramidal skylight over the center of the building further enhances the openness of the core space. Indirect lighting provides a glare-free setting for individual and group study and library shelving areas. Conceived with flexibility in mind, the space is quickly adapting to the wireless environment and the increasing need for group workspaces.

The Duderstadt Center is open to the general public. However, most computing resources and special services are limited to University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff.


Performing Arts Technology

Master's Thesis Show
Friday, April 24
8:00 p.m.
Duderstadt Center
Video Studio

Simon Alexander-Adams engages the topic of Tangible Graphic Scores: musical compositions rendered as interactive three dimensional objects that simultaneously direct the performer's actions and serve as performance interfaces that blur the lines between musical score and instrument.

Eric Sheffield presents a system of mechanically actuated percussion instruments with multiple performers. The devices within the system have been custom designed around non-traditional percussion elements using principles that address issues of touch, "liveness" in performance, and retention of unique sonic characteristics.

what was

what was / what has become
April 18 - 24
Duderstadt Center Gallery

With so much information surrounding us it is difficult to notice the subtleties in the environments we inhabit. what was / what has become, by School of Music, Theater and Dance student Steven Stavropoulos, is an audio/video installation that explores patterns and phasing. Within the chaos of everyday life, we tend to latch onto things that make us feel comfortable. We all see and hear the same aggregate world, but it is what we find within the noise that makes us who we are.