Summer 2017 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School

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End: June 26, 2017
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Picturing Milwaukee : Sherman Park


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


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


This summer course provides an immersion experience in the field recording of the built environment and cultural landscapes and an opportunity to learn how to write history  “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—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.


The five-week course covers an array of academic skills. 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 on built environments. Week 3 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.