Picturing Milwaukee: Washington Park
Summer 2014 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School
Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Class Dates: June 9-July 11, 2014; Final exhibit: July 25, 2014
Preparatory Workshop (attendance required), June 2. 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM
We will be accepting a maximum of 15 students. You may take a maximum of 6 credits by signing up for UW Milwaukee or Madison summer schools.
For UWM credits, choose from the list below.
ARCH 190 Special Topics: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School. –3 cr.
ARCH 534 Field Study. –3 cr.
ARCH 561 Measured Drawing for Architects. –3 cr.
ARCH 562 Preservation Technology Laboratory. –3 cr.
ARCH 391/791 Independent Studies for Undergraduate/Graduate Students (Directed Research). –3 cr.
This summer course provides students an immersion experience in the field recording of the built environment and cultural landscapes and an opportunity to learn how to write history literally “from the ground up.” The 2014 field school focuses on Washington Park, a racially, economically and culturally diverse neighborhood known for its artist communities and active neighborhood groups. A recent influx of Somali and Burmese refugees has added to an existing diverse group of white, African American and Hmong residents.
This summer we will study a variety of homes in this neighborhood—everyday residences, boarded up homes, refabricated and reused homes, homes transformed into stores and workplaces, homes as works of art, homes remembered in family histories and homes in domestic worlds. As cultural resources, saturated with diverse values, memories, stories and imaginations, our homes matter, because they represent how we feel about our community and how we value our environment. This project seeks to employ the enduring creativity of storytelling, the power of digital humanities, and depth of local knowledge in order to galvanize Milwaukee residents to talk about their homes as repositories of community memory, spaces of caring and markers of civic pride.
The five-week course calendar covers a broad array of academic skills. Workshops during Week 1 will focus on photography, measured drawings, documentation and technical drawings; no prior experience is necessary. Week 2 will include workshops on oral history interviewing and digital ethnography. Week 3 is centered on mapping and archival research. Week 4 and 5 will be devoted to producing final reports and multi-media documentaries. Students will learn how to “read” buildings within their urban material, social, ecological and cultural contexts, create reports on historic buildings and cultural landscapes and produce multimedia documentaries. Nationally recognized faculty directing portions of this school include Jeffrey E. Klee, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Anna Andrzejewski, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael H. Frisch, Professor and Senior Research Scholar, University at Buffalo, Erin Dorbin, photographer, documentarian and historian, Jasmine Alinder, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Michael Gordon, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Steve Wetzel, Assistant Professor of Film, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Matthew Jarosz, Associate Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Documentary equipment, and supplies, will be provided, but students must be able to fund their own travel, meals and modest lodging accommodations (if they are from out of town).
For more information please contact Prof. Arijit Sen at senA@uwm.edu.