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
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


This paper examines how, by understanding “history through the body,” the work of the German artist Anselm Kiefer provides vital lessons for architectural representation, thinking and doing.1 Through examples of Kiefer’s earliest performance as well as his more recent creation of La Ribaute, his former home and studio, we explore how the artist’s work raises significant questions about our assumptions regarding architectural form and space, about the experience of time, and most emphatically, about our relationship to history and its value to present thinking.


Framed in relation to the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche, Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur we explore the way Kiefer’s creations incite a transformation of various themes that are not born from a conceptual idea applied to the work but which are rather discovered in the “hard labour” of its creation, through the performance of an initial image or idea. Whether digging labyrinthine tunnels into the earth, raising-up towers or storing, re-integrating and moving materials back-and-forth across painting, sculpture and architecture, Kiefer’s work moves possible meanings from one state to another.


In the current context of architectural creation more-and-more obsessed with applications of information that leave behind their frame of reference, Kiefer’s work involves us in the full context of cultural reality by preserving a space of translation in both the making and reading of the work. Posing a challenge to the modern assumption regarding space—as consisting of homogenous dimensions—or the modern understanding of time—as progressive and linear, Kiefer’s work serves as a crucial counter-position to historically shallow and formalist modern work by transmitting, reinterpreting and transforming traditions in a living way.


1 Mark Rosenthal and James A. Speyer, Anselm Kiefer (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1989), 10.



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).                  

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