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.


Future Cycles
February 25 - March 13
Gallery, Duderstadt Center
Reception March 13, 5:00-8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
M-F Noon - 6:00 pm
Sun 12-5:00 pm
Closed Saturdays
Free and open to the public

Following their recent appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Future Cycles will visit our Gallery in February and early March. Future Cycles, built by Cameron Van Dyke, a graduate student at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design, were created as part of his master's thesis. These "hybrid" vehicles combine the weather protection, carrying capacity and visibility of a car with the low energy usage of a bicycle to create a vehicle that is half car, half bicycle.



Love Songs Playaround Shakespeare
March 26 & 27, 7:30 pm
Duderstadt Center Video Studio

Love Songs Playaround Shakespeare combines the lyrical and romantic songs from a contemporary piece, Love Songs-A Musical, (Book, Music & Lyrics by Steven Cagan), with some of Shakespeare's most passionate, poetic love scenes, enhanced by modern visual technology and dance. This unique marriage of harmonious, current melodies and lyrics, with the expressive and heightened verse of the world's most famous playwright, brings a new and refreshing fusion of musical theater and dramatic theater performance.