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Summer 2013 Field School in Buildings, Landscapes, and Cultures

Date: 6/3/2013 - 7/13/2013

Type: Lectures

Location(s): Wisconsin


City, Nature, People
Summer 2013 Field School in Buildings, Landscapes, and Cultures
Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
 Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Class Dates: June 10 - July 13, 2013
Preparatory Workshop (attendance required), June 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Room 191, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM

You will need to apply in order to be admitted. We will be accepting a maximum of 15 students. If you request academic credit you will need to sign up for an UWM summer course. Summer School fee schedules are not online yet, but you may consult the 2012 rates in order to get an idea of the costs involved. For more information or for a copy of an application form, please contact Prof. Arijit Sen at

Course Numbers: You may choose six credit hours from the following course numbers.

  • ARCH 534 Field Study: Historic Water Tower Neighborhood Field School satisfy an elective for the ecological and preservation concentrations – three credits.
  • ARCH 561 Measured Drawing for Architects. – three credits.
  • ARCH 562 Preservation Technology Laboratory. – three credits.
  • Arch 390: Independent studies for undergraduate students. – three credits.

This six-credit 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.” This year, we will focus on the ethics of ecological stewardship and historic preservation practiced in the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood (HWTN) of Milwaukee. The neighborhood’s history dates back to the days when the city expanded northwards along the lake. The area has many historic and designated buildings, a number of residential historic districts, an extensive park system, bluffs of Lake Michigan, and one business historical district. The National Register of Historic Places has created five separate districts within HWTN’s boundaries and named several notable buildings separately.

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 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; Michael H. Frisch, professor and Senior Research Scholar, University at Buffalo; Jasmine Alinder, associate professor of History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; Michael Gordon, professor of History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; and Matthew Jarosz, associate adjunct professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Group travel, documentary equipment, and supplies will be provided, but students must be able to fund their own meals and modest lodging accommodations (if they are from out of town). This field school is sponsored by Historic Water Tower Neighborhood, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Department of History, School of Letters and Sciences, UWM.


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