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an interval between two acts of a play or opera.
• a piece of music or a dance performed during such an interval.


Winnipeg: On the Edge of Coherence
LAWRENCE BIRD, Architect, Urban Designer (Winnipeg)



This loop of short films, representing gaps, seams, rifts in Winnipeg’s urban fabric, was created in the context of an architecture design studio called The City in Flux. In this studio students identified an urban site lying fallow along one of Winnipeg’s transportation corridors (including highways, major roads, railways, or rapid transit). Sites were chosen based on current social or physical failures in the site. The objective was to identify these shortcomings and to explore what potential media – including video, hand-held electronic devices, and in some cases analogue media – could open up for the understanding and redesign of urban space.


In the first phase of the studio students adopted one of several media tools and used them to created 2-3 minute films. They were intended as the first stage of a re-thinking and re-design of the site and its environs. The films were looped and projected at the Khyber Centre for the Arts as part of a colloquium Urban Encounters: Art and the Public at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Oct. 10-12, 2013. The films took diverse approaches but shared the following concern, reproduced here from the Urban Encounters program:

“Winnipeg is a city which just fails to cohere, torn apart by the engines of its own growth. A sequence of short films addresses sites in the city just barely coming together, or just on the point of coming apart; and perhaps in the process… the city is looped back together.”


The films have also been screened in Artspace, Winnipeg. For Atmosphere 2014 the thirty-minute loop of short films will be projected with sound on the main screens at the Faculty of Architecture’s Centre Space.

The University of Manitoba architecture students participating in the City in Flux studio were: Apollinaire Au, Jaya Beange, Chris Burke, Daryl Holloway, Ryan Marques, Zachary Nimchuk, Daryl Randa, Shima Salari, and Xiao Wang.


KYLE JANZEN & CHRIS BURKE, JNZNBRK & University of Manitoba

Patterning Temporary Atmospheres: Temporary Installation
CLAY ODOM, University of Texas School of Architecture


Reclaiming Space: Between the Pyramid and the Labyrinth
PAOLA ZELLNER and NIKOLE BRANCH, Virginia Tech, School of Architecture + Design


The 2014 Atmosphere Committee consists of: Lisa Landrum, Chair (Architecture), Rae Bridgman (City Planning), Alyssa Schwann (Environmental Design), Lynn Chalmers (Interior Design), Marcella Eaton (Landscape Architecture); with web design and graphics support from Thalia Andreoglou (Masters of Architecture student), and administrative support from Brandy O’Reilly (Faculty of Architecture, Partners Program).


Questions? Please contact Lisa.Landrum@umanitoba.ca


Atmosphere is generously supported by the Faculty of Architecture Endowment Fund and the following professional associations: the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA); the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA); and the Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba (PIDIM).                  


Aspects of Atmosphere 2014 ACTION are being presented in collaboration with StoreFront Manitoba and aceartinc.