Picturing Milwaukee: Sherman Park
Summer 2018 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School
Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Do you want to make a difference to the world you live in? Are you interested in listening to voices and wisdom rarely encountered in classrooms? Join the field school this summer. You may participate in different ways: As a volunteer intern, you learn all the skills and participate in this fulfilling experience free of cost. If you pay for summer school you receive up to 6 course credits. If you have an internship or volunteering requirement in your department, the field school may satisfy that requirement. You may apply for a Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows grant (SURF) from the Office of Undergraduate Research to be a researcher with a stipend!
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Class Dates: June 4 - July 13, 2018; Final exhibit: July 21, 2018
Preparatory Workshop (attendance required), May 29. 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM
We will be accepting a maximum of 15 students.
If you want courses credits you may choose from the list of available classes below.
ARCH 534 Field Study. 3 cr.
ARCH 550: Building Types & Settings
ARCH 551: American Vernacular Arch
ARCH 561 Measured Drawing for Architects. 3 cr.
ARCH 562 Preservation Technology Laboratory. 3 cr.
What is the BLC Field School?
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 2018 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 neighborhoodeveryday 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.
What happens during the summer?
The six-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.
Are you interested? Contact Arijit Sen for details: senA@uwm.edu