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
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


In Air and Dreams Gaston Bachelard ponders, “…I am inclined to believe that flight is a warm wind before being a wing.” 1 In contemplating the design process one might also say that architecture is an imagined experience before becoming a physical thing. How we, as designers, verbally articulate our design(s) reveals much about what we are imagining and where our attention is placed. Not that many years ago, a variety of verbs were commonly employed when imagining life within the spaces we design: to live, reside, inhabit, abide, occupy, exist, and more specifically, to pass through, pause, wander, etc. Through language, these diverse terms allowed us to touch upon the particular nature of the relationship we were creating between the inhabitant(s) and the spaces we were designing for them. Juhani Pallasmaa eloquently offers the following in this regard, “The phenomenology of architecture is founded on verbs rather than nouns. The approaching of the house, not the facade, the act of entering, not the door; the act of looking out of the window, not the window itself; or the act of gathering around rather than the hearth or the table as such seem to trigger our strongest emotions.” 2 When we as designers engage dwelling acts through verbs, we gain access to, and in turn may affect, this rich and multifarious emotional terrain at the heart of experience. Recently, however, we have seen a significant impoverishment of the language employed in speaking and thinking about design. The rich pallet of verbs has been almost exclusively replaced with the terms use and the user. This paper will discuss the origins and emergence of the user as the exclusive inhabitant of imagined/designed spaces, and will examine how the user has come to affect the way designs are conceived, with speculations on what this might mean for human experience.


1 Gaston Bachelard, “The Poetics of Wings,” in Air and Dreams, An Essay on the Imagination of Movement, trans. E. and F. Farrell (Dallas: The Dallas Institute Publications, 1988), 73.
2 Juhani Pallasmaa, “Identity, Intimacy and Domicile - Notes on the Phenomenology of Home,” in Arkkitehti – Finnish Architectural Review (Helsinki, Suomen Arkkitehtiliitto, 1994), accessed June 13, 2007, http://www2.uiah.fi/esittely/historia/e_ident.htm#identity

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.