University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures (BLC) Program, June 26-August 5, 2017

06 Mar 2017 7:33 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

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Picturing Milwaukee: Sherman Park

Summer 2017 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School

Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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Class Dates: June 26 - August 5, 2017; Final exhibit: August 18, 2017

Preparatory Workshop (attendance required), June 23. 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM

You may participate in this field school free as a community intern. However if you want university credits you will need to sign up for summer school classes at http://www4.uwm.edu/schedule/

We will be accepting a maximum of 15 students.  You may take a maximum of 6 credits.  Choose from the list below. 


ARCH 190 Special Topics: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School.  –3 cr.

ARCH 534 Field Study. –3 cr.

ARCH 550: Building Types & Settings (Seminar)

ARCH 551: American Vernacular Arch 

ARCH 553: Vernacular Buildings/Groupings 

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 2017 field school focuses on Sherman Park, a racially, economically and culturally diverse neighborhood known for its artist communities and active neighborhood groups. This summer we will study residential building types in this neighborhood—everyday residences, duplex and four squares, single- and multi-family units, 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.

This project seeks to employ the enduring creativity of storytelling, the power of digital humanities, and depth of local knowledge to galvanize Milwaukee residents to talk about their homes as repositories of community memory, spaces of caring and markers of civic pride. 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.

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 archival and historical research focusing on the study of the built environment. Week 3 schedule includes workshops on oral history interviewing and digital ethnography. Week 4 is centered on mapping and archival research. Week 5 and 6 will be devoted to producing final reports and multi-media 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, Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture, 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.

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