Atmosphere 11

'Atmosphere' is an annual, interdisciplinary design symposium advancing academic enrichment and inter-disciplinary research by creating an opportunity for students, instructors, and friends of the faculty to interact with distinguished keynote speakers, scholars and designers from around the world. The three-day event includes invited lecturers, peer-reviewed presentations, exhibitions, student installations, receptions, and numerous casual opportunities for serious exchange.


Atmosphere is the consequence of the projects we make as designers of landscapes, cities, buildings, and interiors. Atmosphere is hard to grasp, and even harder to talk about – yet the production of atmosphere, intended or not, is one of our most apparent contributions to the world. Though palpable, atmosphere resists registration. So fragile and dependent on the world around, atmosphere is also susceptible to our perception. It is not something that can be read or interpreted. It is.


‘Atmosphere’ 11 will explore ADAPTATION. This theme intends to attract researchers from diverse disciplines into an open but topically oriented exchange. ADAPTATION is a mutation, a change that aids organisms to thrive in their environments. ADAPTATION implicates designers as organisms with the particular places, materials, contingencies and intentions that enable survival or better living in an increasingly unpredictable environment. In other words, this symposium will examine not merely what and how we adapt, but the sites and situations of adaptation. The aim is to critically and creatively explore how contextual, cultural and environmental circumstances of our world serve as meaningful catalysts for design, building, teaching and research within a discussion of atmosphere and adaptation. This theme encompasses multifaceted, dynamic scales and terrains including the complexities of our social fabrics, intricacies of environmental function, potentials of adaptation as process, as fitness, the materials and patina of our everyday adaptations, and the stories and arguments that share understandings of our designed world. Do we engage in pre-ADAPTATION? Do we register atmosphere through adaptation?

The Sessions

Sessions will be organize into three categories


1. Conversation Sessions

2. Dialogue Sessions

3. Panel Discussions


Conversation Sessions will invite presenters to give brief presentations (6 minutes). Following presentations from authors, audience members will have the opportunity to have in-depth conversations with the presenters in smaller groups (15-20 minutes). This format is proposed as a method to allow authors and audience to have a more interactive engagement, to dig deeper into the issues presented, to brainstorm, and to learn more about the research or work the author is engaged within.


Dialogue Sessions will invite presenters to give a 15-minute presentation. Audience members will be asked to consider and discuss questions brought forward by the session organizer, reflecting on material presented in the papers.


Panel Discussions will invite presenters to give a 15-minute paper, followed by a discussion facilitated by the session organizer.

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Keynote Speakers

The Faculty of Architecture has hosted an ‘Atmosphere’ symposium each year for the last ten years. 'Atmosphere' invites exploration of the less physical conditions of design: the temporary, experiential, situational, phenomenal and epiphenomenal states of our shared world. Difficult to pin-down, capture and express, 'atmosphere' is enveloping yet recessive. It is what we as designers, planners and interpreters of the built and natural world strive to generate, understand, and meaningfully engage.


Head of Programme of Interior Design, Royal College Of Art


Professor Graeme Brooker is the Head of Interiors at The Royal College of Art, London. He has published widely on many aspects of the interior and in particular the reuse of existing buildings. His recent publications include Adaptations (Bloomsbury 2016) and Key Interiors Since 1900 (Laurence King 2013). He has co-edited (with Sally Stone) eight books on the interior including the highly acclaimed Rereading’s, (RIBA 2005: Volume 2 published in 2018). He edited (with Lois Weinthal) The Handbook of Interior Architecture + Design (Bloomsbury 2013). He is the founder and director of the charity Interior Educators (IE), the national subject association for all interior courses in the UK. His current publications include, Brinkworth: So Good So Far (Lund Humphreys 2018) and The Story of the Interior (Phaidon 2020): a reworking of Gombrich’s classic publication, but utilising the narratives of enclosed spaces.

GEORGE DESCOMBES, Genève, Switzerland

Atelier Descombes Rampini


Georges Descombes, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Geneva, works as both architect and landscape architect. His designs are characterized by an intensive investigation of the qualities and history of the site, deriving their vocabularies from the existing characteristics of the place. Over the forty years of his practice, Descombes has developed and applied a method unique in the field of landscape architecture, one in which an extremely broad vision, both scientifically and culturally, shapes his thinking and his projects. Current projects include the Parc de la Cour du Maroc in Paris, a riverfront park in Lyon, and the transformation of the River Aire outside Geneva, the first six kilometres of which were completed In 2017.

MARCIA FRIESEN, Winnipeg, Canada

University of Manitoba


Dr. Marcia Friesen, P.Eng. is the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering for Sustainable Development & Enhanced Design Integration, and is also an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering and Director of the Centre for Engineering Professional Practice & Engineering Education at the University of Manitoba. Her work is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to develop and deliver engineering professional practice and engineering design curricula, advance research in engineering education and engineering design, and develop partnerships with the practice community. Her research interests include engineering culture and identity, the integration of foreign-trained practitioners into the Canadian engineering profession, and the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge, perspectives, and design principles into the engineering curriculum.

NORMAN HALDEN, Winnipeg, Canada

University of Manitoba


Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners


Miriam Kelly is a British architect accredited in architectural conservation and experienced in the repair and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. An associate at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners in New York, her projects include the restoration of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center and Marcel Breuer’s former Whitney Museum for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Miriam has worked at some of the most sensitive historic sites in the UK including Windsor Castle and the Royal Pavilion Estate. A long-time advocate for the social and economic regeneration of redundant industrial sites, she was involved in projects at Chatterley Whitfield coal mine and the mill buildings at Ditherington - the oldest iron-framed structures in the world dubbed the grandfather of skyscrapers. She is a supporter of post-industrial regeneration initiatives at Buffalo’s Silo City and Brooklyn’s waterfront. Miriam is a Scholar of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

IAN MAURO, Winnipeg, Canada

University of Winnipeg


Dr. Mauro is the Director of Communications for the Prairie Climate Centre and Principal of Richardson College for the Environment at the University of Winnipeg. He holds a BSc in Environmental Science, PhD in Geography, and studied as a Postdoctoral fellow in Ethnoecology. He is a former Canada Research Chair, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Apple Distinguished Educator, and has served on expert panels related to food security and energy issues in Canada. As a scientist, community-based researcher and filmmaker, Mauro’s work explores the interface between climate science, society and sustainability and the important role of local and Indigenous knowledge in this discourse. He has developed numerous, award winning, multi-media climate change projects across Canada, including Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change (co-directed with acclaimed Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk) and Beyond Climate (in collaboration with Dr. David Suzuki). Mauro’s work has been featured in academic conferences, museums, film festivals and news media such as the United Nations, Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, Royal Ontario Museum, ImagineNative, Berlin International Film Festival, The Globe and Mail and This        American Life.

BAS SMETS, Brussels, Belgium

Bureau Bas Smets


Bas Smets has a background in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. He founded his office in Brussels in 2007 and has since constructed projects in more than 12 countries with his team of 18 architects and landscape architects.


 Starting from a precise reading of the existing land, his projects reveal a landscape, visible but yet unseen. These projects vary in scale from territorial visions to infrastructural landscapes, from large parks to private gardens, from city centres to film sets.


 His realised projects include the large park of Thurn & Taxis in Brussels, the Himara Waterfront in Albania,  the Sunken Garden and the Mandrake Hotel in London. A number of his large projects are under construction: the plaza of the new Trinity Tower in Paris and the Luma Arles centre for art, in a collaboration with Frank Gehry.


 In  2018 he was awarded the Gold Medal for Urbanism and Public Space by the French Academy of Architecture.

MARC TREIB, California, USA

UC Berkeley


Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and a historian and critic of landscape and architecture who has published widely on modern and historical subjects in the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia. Recent works include Austere Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint, and Attending (ORO, 2016), Pietro Porcinai and the Landscape of Modern Italy (co-editor, Routledge, 2016),John Yeon: Modern Architecture and Conservation in the Pacific Northwest (ORO, 2016), and Landscapes of Modern Architecture: Wright, Mies, Neutra, Aalto, Barragán (Yale, 2017).

Further keynote speaker information to come.



  • Conference registration includes admission to all events, including receptions.
  • Lunch will be provided on Friday for all registered participants.
  • Proof of status must be provided upon arrival

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Photo/Media Competition

Share your photos and media with us for a chance to win full conference registration to the 2019 Atmosphere 11: ADAPTATION symposium and have your images / media featured on the Atmosphere promotional materials and website.


Images or Media should respond to the theme of ADAPTATION. Please refer to for further information on the theme.



What to submit:

Photographs (jpeg)

Video clips (min 15 sec, max 30 sec)

Sound bites (min 15 sec, max 30 sec)



How to submit*:

• Instagram your photo or media with the tags


   @FAUManitoba and #atmos11photocomp


• Include your full name in the caption




Open to registered students at the University of Manitoba.


Photo Competition Jury:

Susan Close

Sarah Cooper

Kamni Gill

Lisa Landrum

Ralph Stern


Top prize includes full conference registration** to the 2019 Atmosphere conference and image displayed on the Atmosphere 11 website and promotional material. Two runner-ups will receive a gift certificate for the University of Manitoba Bookstore.


Atmosphere 11: ADAPTATION Symposium, February 7 – 9,  2019

Faculty of Architecture

University of Manitoba


 *Please note: by adding your photos, videos, and / or sound clips to our Instagram group you give permission for the material to be used in Atmosphere 2019 communications (with credit), such as website, print media, etc.


 **If you have already registered for the conference, that’s great! Your registration fees will be reimbursed to you.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019  











Friday, February 8, 2019  














































Saturday, February 9, 2019   




























Alyssa Schwann + Marcella Eaton, Introduction

Paul Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, The Forks, Welcome


Graeme Brooker Working with the Not New


Cindy Rodych / Shauna Mallory-Hill

Johanna Hurme + Sasha Radulovic, 5468796 Architecture

Liz Wreford, Public City Architecture


Bas Smets, Bureau Bas Smets, From Planetary Biosphere to Urban



Lunch [not provided by the symposium]


Georges Descombes, Atelier Descombes Rampini, Displacements


Round-table Summary Discussion

Book Signing with Marc Treib + Georges Descombes [The Landscapes

of Georges Descombes: Doing Almost Nothing, 2018, and Austere

Gardens: Thoughts on Landscape, Restraint and Attending, 2016, will

be available for purchase]


Events at the Forks [The Commons, Crokicurl Tournaspiel,

Warming Huts, Red River skating trail]






Registration + Refreshments


Dean Jonathan Beddoes Welcome Alyssa Schwann + Marcella Eaton, Introduction


Marc Treib Some Thoughts on Adaptation








Ian Mauro Climate, Cinema, and Cartography: Science, Storytelling, and the Future of Adaptation


Dialogue Session [concurrent]

David van Vliet Climate Adaptation Plans and District Renewal for Resilience

Eduard Epp Economic Nihilism, Adaptation and Flood Architecture

Conversation Session [concurrent]

Jyoti Kapur Smells: olfactive dimension for spatial designing

Ruslan Ivanytskyy Entropic Melancholia

F. Elizabeth Dahab Le Corbusier’s Unité D’Habitation in Marseille:

Utopia versus Adaptation

Anna Thurmayr Pioneering Climate Adaption through Cross Breeding

Dr. F. L. Skinner’s experimental work in Dropmore, Manitoba


Norman Halden Welcome to Earth, how was the weather on Pluto?




Marcia Friesen Navigating a Path toward Indigenous Knowledge

in the Curriculum within the Envelope of Sustainable Engineering Design


Panel Session

Dilaxshy Sivagurunathan / Teron-Jordan Richard Need to Know:

Underutilized Methods of Design


Dialogue Session

Dietmar Straub Gardens Gardens Gardens

Evan Tremblay The Esthetogenesis of Death: Aesthetics of Adaptation

in the Anthropocene

Ryan Coates REGION 40: Preconditioning Anthropocene Relations

Stefan Darlan Boris Experimenting with Atmospheres of

Transformation and Adaptation



Miriam Kelly OLD WALLS: A Reader


Ice Bar

Reception  [King’s Head Pub, bus transportation will be provided to

the venue]



February 7 - 9, 2019







The 2019 Atmosphere Symposium is co-chaired by Alyssa Schwann and Marcella Eaton with the support of the Faculty of Architecture Cultural Events Committee. Web design and graphics support by Heber Garcia (MLA Practicum Student) and administrative support from Brandy O’Reilly (Faculty of Architecture Partners Program).


Photo/Media Competition


University of Manitoba

Faculty of Architecture

Winnipeg, MB