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
Patterning Temporary Atmospheres: Installations for the Experience of Sound and Light
CLAY ODOM, University of Texas


In negotiations between spaces, experiences and effects developed through interventions of ‘intelligent, layered objects, surfaces, and skins,”1 the generators of atmospheric performance become prevalent. Discussing a series of interior installation projects (created as strategic, iteratively developed working modalities leveraged within the context of scenographic experiences designed for music, sound, and spoken performance) this presentation engages with an approach toward the activation of atmospheres both as the concept and as the by-product of processes. The generative framework is discussed as the patterning of tactical, operational deployment methods that are shared between projects. Buttressed with images and diagrams that un-pack the process-based approach and outcomes, this presentation will clearly link with the sub-theme of research in action.


In the context of these projects, design becomes a process of outlining desired effects, selecting material qualities (reflectivity, lightness or durability), materials that express those qualities (such as mylar), and actualizing potentials through installation. Additional qualities such as standard finishes, size, and length are engaged to minimize the amount of pre-fabrication or site-fit tailoring required, maximizing effects using minimal means of time, money, and material while exhibiting an evolution of approach. Operational logics (ex: draping, twisting, cutting, lining) are appropriated as site-specific tactics for actualization facilitating deployment with an appropriate looseness of fit that only come through active, real-time engagement with idiosyncrasies of actual building conditions. Moments of attachment become interfaces between the existing interior and the interventions. The spaces between attachment points are areas where effects become maximized and the intervention becomes most autonomous. In this mode of working, operations and emergent qualities of assemblage enhance inherent qualities of material in service of atmosphere as concept. Finally as Gregg Lynn states in Animate Form, “form is therefore shaped by collaboration between the envelope and the active context in which it is situated.”2


1 Winka Dubbeldam, “Thing Shapes,” in Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader, ed. Julieanna Preston and Mark Taylor (West Sussex: John Wiley and Sons, 2006), 99.
2 Greg Lynn, Animate Form (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999), 10.

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.