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
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


The creation of sensuous places has recently assumed a full-bodied experience that drawing, photography or video cannot quite capture. This paper analyzes one such place, the interior of the Jewett Art Center at Wellesley College (1958) by Paul Rudolph. Noted for its ornamental exterior screen, the interior has almost entirely been forgotten. Unmistakably indebted to the picturesque sequences of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, the Jewett Art Center includes a memorable stair and gallery that structures an unfolding sequence whereby vision and movement are fused into a tactile experience.


In a series of analytical drawings, the deceptively simple plan is explained as a set of procedures that enrich the act of following an attenuated route: constrict a path; alter the speed of ascent and descent; disassemble the exterior wall and double its component parts; screen views to the exterior; and insert an insistent occluding plane. The effect is that movement reinforces sight through parallax and peripheral vision. As foreground and background rotate about the visitor at varying speeds, a heightened sense of depth is created. In addition, alternatively occluded and disclosed views add clarity to the immersive experience. A visitor consistently returns to view the same feature from a new vantage point. The effect is an uncanny and disarming deception; the space is continually new but familiar. By returning on itself, each sequence grows beyond its enclosure. A participant also begins to notice other things. The material restraint, for example, directs attention to subtleties of light. Here, meaning is experiential and participatory rather than symbolic and interpretive. Rather than contemplate meaning, we are called to action; the display of art is fused into a meandering visual field. Although this assumes a somewhat peripatetic visitor, it holds the promise of a continuously unfolding and sensuous experience.

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.