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Atmosphere 2014: Action

Each year the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture hosts an interdisciplinary symposium entitled Atmosphere. This symposium explores the less tangible aspects of design and experience: the ephemeral, social, situational, emotional, elemental, phenomenal and epiphenomenal conditions of our shared world.

The theme of Atmosphere 2014 is Action. “Action” shifts attention from designed objects to design motives, agencies, conditions and effects. “Action” poses questions about performative and collaborative modes of making and inhabitation. “Action” prompts designers and researchers to reflect on their modus operandi, and on the actions and interactions of the diverse materials, circumstances, policies and people they work with. “Action” invites consideration of the transformative agencies of situations and situated events.