Atmosphere 2014—ACTION


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
Photography as a Phenomenological Tool in Architectural Representation
ERIKA PETRIC, Technical University of Graz


Being widely recognized as the most interesting topic in photography, along with the fact that development and introduction of digital technology is forcing the change of paradigm in theoretical approach, architecture photography is becoming one of the crucial topics in architecture discourse today.


Leaving behind two distinct historical approaches to early architecture photography as being either documentation or pictorial impression, we propose the establishment of research based on understanding the personal creative enquiry of the photographer him(her)self. Shifting the attention on the photographer as acteur in the process of reception and representation – exemplified by photographic work of Italian Photographer Paolo Rosselli – we are introducing reading and qualification of this process in terms of Husserl’s Phenomenology. The base premise of questioning the biased interpretative process of perception, expressed in Husserl’s theory as the concept of phenomenological reduction, has its technological equivalent not only in the mechanical recording function of the camera, but equally in the possibilities of digital post production. As the utilization of new technologies provides new strategies, the emphasizing, or bringing to the surface of all visual layers recorded in a digital image can be seen as a method of constructing the image as a phenomenological evidence, which can be re-experienced. The structure of the image becomes the grammar of its narrative, changing and enlarging the scope of what can be consciously detected and interpreted out of any given scenery. Thus, the representational act can be seen as an intentional architectural tool that significantly transcends the goal of positive publicity for the architect.


Research based on image- and quantitative content analysis of the interviews with Paolo Rosselli is showing that photography, as a fragmentary repository of the world and its experience, if constructed by an artist, has the potential to transmit experience of space and become indeed architectural.

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).


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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.