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
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


This paper asks can acts of presence and acts of representation be bought closer together in critical practices of urban design to reveal latent elements of space and place? Being present denotes reflexive bodily awareness within a situated experience, whilst representation forms projections of this experience via either image or word. Presence by definition slips from representations comprehensive capture, leaving the vector of experience potentially incomplete. What happens in this process of pre-cognitive ‘edit’, where does ‘what is left behind’ go? These questions draw attention to the prospective role of affect in design action where experience is translated to image, sensorial to cognitive, and ultimately individual knowings to entanglements within collective consciousness of space and place.


Affect as a form of thinking, elevates and authorizes sense as a mode of knowledge production. Capacities of affect are methodologically implicated within design analysis process and cloud firm distinctions between the designing body and the variant immaterial and material bodies of the urban context under scrutiny. Through affective force I suggest the unrecognized, the unthought, and the unformed begin to find their way beyond acknowledged spatial or social structures where their agent capacities often go unseen.


To experiment with this situation I reframe the operative concept urban context as differential and participatory fields of habits where the designer’s acts, (or non-acts) of analysis form vital experiential relationships. This approach co-opts polyvalent logics to include intensive environments so a designers cognitive and sensorial perceptions can co-exist analogously. Through the work of eminent philosophers and theorists, including Jane Bennett, William E. Connolly, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Serres, Peter Sloterdijk and Nigel Thrift, two theoretical threads underpin this enquiry: firstly, developments in the thinking of environments from process philosophy and new materialism; and, secondly, in theories of affect that, whilst increasingly prevalent, have not yet found productive footing in the field of urban design practice. To demonstrate beyond the theoretical I offer this short paper around the fieldwork of an urban waterfront situation in the Pacific City of Auckland.



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.