Push, Pull, Bend, Bind: Enacting Architecture Through Behaviour and Consequence
LANCELOT COAR, University of Manitoba
Informality in Bogotá: Housing, Rapid Urbanization, and Public Space
JORGE COLÓN, University of New Mexico


Increasing rates of population growth and migration into urban centers combine to burden existing infrastructures, transportation systems, and supplies of natural resources. Within informal settlements, residents occupy housing often lacking in water, sewage, and electricity while facing insecure land tenure. Despite these conditions, residents establish complex and highly sophisticated social and economic networks that create vibrant communities and a strong sense of identity.


The nature of this rapid urbanization, particularly in the Global South, results in extreme contrasts between wealth and poverty, and the prevalence of informality – undocumented forms of land occupation, economies, and social agreements. These conditions are highly complex, and locally specific, requiring design strategies that are immediate, flexible, and responsive to the physical demands of place. In Bogotá, Colombia, the World Bank estimates that over 1,400 informal settlements occupy 24% of its area and house 22% of its population. Within the Ciudad Bolivar, rural to urban migration has resulted in a 50% increase in population growth.


Urban interventions such as the public Transmilenio BRT or the weekly Ciclovía connect informal settlements into Bogotá’s urban center. These systems expand towards the limits of the physical city and, as expected, have reduced commuting times for workers with jobs in the formal sector. They utilize existing infrastructure, and are less expensive and evasive to existing communities.


While surgical in their implementation, these kinds of strategies also provide new kinds of democratic space that reduce the physical barriers and separation between communities. They are flexible and responsive - accommodating both form and informal economies, while providing venues for action that are local, and that contribute to the overall identity of the city. These systems operate as public space - connecting disparate communities while granting greater access across a much larger metropolitan area.

Poetic Action for Autism: An Intersubjective Approach
Black Contemporary: Act of Construction
PETER P. GOCHÉ, Iowa State University
Experiencing the Three-Legged Stool: Social, Economic and Environmental Education
Through the Mariposa Redevelopment

MARIANNE BELLINO HOLBERT, University of Colorado-Boulder


Clouds of Action: Rethinking Urban Contexts as Differential and Participatory Fields 
HANNAH HOPEWELL, Auckland University of Technology


Inhabiting Difference: Integrating Rule Based Design and Cultural Ritual
JASON S. JOHNSON, University of Calgary
Exposing Experiences: Research Based Placemaking
JENNY KEMPSON, Framework Cultural Placemaking (Seattle)
Turbulence and the Creation of Home
GRAHAM LIVESEY, University of Calgary


Heaven on Earth: Transient Dwelling and Adaptation in Downtown Houston
GREGORY MARINIC, University of Houston
Digital Surrogacy in Ephemeral Sites
URSULA EMERY MCCLURE, Louisiana State University
Returning Anew: Sequential Experience in the Jewett Art Center
KEVIN MOORE, Auburn University
Patterning Temporary Atmospheres: Installations for the Experience of Sound and Light
CLAY ODOM, University of Texas
Photography as a Phenomenological Tool in Architectural Representation
ERIKA PETRIC, Technical University of Graz
Apocalyptic Architecture: Designing Within Resilient Detroit
ZIAD QURESHI, Iowa State University
Free Zoning: Designing a Framework for Typological Evolution and Continual Building Acts
GEORG RAFAILIDIS, State University of New York at Buffalo
Blind Spot: The User Usurps the Dwelling Act and the Designer’s Attention
NATALIJA SUBOTINCIC, University of Manitoba
Toward Anonymity in Architecture: An Augmentation of the Historical Project of Autonomy
JOSHUA M. TARON, University of Calgary
Call Before You Cut! The Importance of Tree Protection
ANNA THURMAYR, University of Manitoba


The Lightest Material

AARON J. WEINERT, Wentworth Institute of Technology


The Architectural Lessons of Anselm Kiefer’s La Ribaute: The Material of History and the Space of Dramatic Representation
STEPHEN A. WISCHER, North Dakota State University


Reclaiming Space

PAOLA ZELLNER, Virginia Tech


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.