PALLAVI SWARANJALI, Carleton University
STEVEN BEITES, Laurentian University
KATIE GRAHAM, Carleton University
TED LANDRUM, University of Manitoba
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SCOTT GERALD SHALL, Lawrence Technological University
NAHID AHMADI, Carleton University
DIETMAR STRAUB, University of Manitoba
JENNIFER SMITH, Auburn University
BRYAN HE, University of Manitoba
VALENTINA DAVILA, McGill University
LAWRENCE BIRD, Winnipeg
ELLEN GRIMES, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
NIKOLE BOUCHARD, University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a rich industrial past as it was once home to various machine makers, steel corporations and automotive
parts plants. In 1915, populations began migrating to the city to take advantage of the burgeoning employment opportunities that
these industries had created. A large percentage of industrial workers were blue collar, middle class African Americans. De-industrialization
began in the 1970s, resulting in an economic downturn that has left Milwaukee’s North Side ravaged with issues of unemployment,
abandonment and crime. Today there are nearly 1,600 city-owned and 1,400 bank-owned homes as a result of the foreclosure crisis.
Additionally, the city owns approximately 2,700 vacant lots that are on the market for a whopping $1.
(H)our House is a design project that began by spending a significant amount of time on the ground, getting to know the place and the
people that live in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. Through several visits, the foreclosed homes and vacant lots that surround
the (H)our House site were documented. Through discussions with local residents, organizations and city officials, a thorough set of
documents were created that cataloged the urban spaces, architectural typologies, material palettes and human activities that exist
within the area. With these records, a pavilion was designed that transformed existing architectural typologies using salvaged materials
that are native to the neighborhood. These spaces were programmed to address the specific needs and desires of the local residents.
(H)our House proposes playscapes to create safe environments where local youth can engage in physical activities that foster recreation
and collaboration amongst residents and performance platforms to provide an urban infrastructure that enables the rich cultural acts of
art, dance, food and music to flourish within the community. Together, these interventions create a healthy urban ecosystem and provide
promise to Milwaukee’s under-served neighborhoods.
RYAN STEC, Carleton University
LANCELOT COAR, University of Manitoba
FEDERICO GARCIA LAMMERS & JESSICA GARCIA FRITZ, South Dakota State University
JOE KALTURNYK, Winnipeg
photo: Landon Lucyk [M2 Architecture]
The 2018 Atmosphere Symposium is co-chaired by: Lisa Landrum and Liane Veness with the support of the Faculty's Cultural Events Committee and the Centre for Architectural Structure and Technology (C.A.S.T.); web design and graphics support by Tali Budman (ED4 Architecture student), and administrative support from Brandy O’Reilly (Faculty of Architecture, Partners Program).
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