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


Inhabiting Difference: Integrating Rule Based Design and Cultural Ritual
JASON S. JOHNSON, University of Calgary


The sukkah is a temporary hut fabricated for the Jewish festival of Sukkot. This hut or booth is symbolic of the shelters used by the Israelites in the wilderness. In recent years the sukkah, which is typically quite simple and utilitarian in its design and construction, has been the focus of numerous design competitions. These competitions have incorporated the celebratory nature of the holiday and the rule based system that governs the design of a kosher sukkah into their frameworks and produced a dizzying array of proposals.


This paper presents the work of students at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design that explored how the traditions, rules and themes of the festival of Sukkot and the sukkah itself could drive a series of proposals that engaged the local Jewish community as clients. The projects included in this paper form a part of a growing body of design research at the Faculty into embedding the power of digital media and custom digital fabrication into community based projects.


This paper describes the engagement process between the local Rabbi and architecture students (most of whom are not Jewish and were unfamiliar with the festival), as well as the design process of integrating rule based design criteria with ritual based criteria, and the final constructed sukkahs. The methodology for the design process was a combination of typical design studio critiques focused on typical beginning design conversations about scale, materiality and function and a competition. Projects were critiqued by designers, a rabbi, and local Jewish community members throughout the process, and each year one project was chosen to be built. Each selected project included in its design a component of community engagement by encouraging participation in the assembly of the sukkah by the community itself.


This paper catalogs and analyzes the built and unbuilt designs, describes the engagement between two realms of expertise (design/making and religious), and presents a model for increased community engagement through immersive design/build projects.

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.