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Picturing Milwaukee: Historic Water Tower Neighborhood By Arijit Sen
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At the BLC field school, we explore urban neighborhoods. We discover their complexity. Neighborhoods are physical locations, material artifacts of everyday life, centers of symbolic action and... More > domestic activities, and community spaces of interaction and social life. This is a monograph documenting the work done at the 2013 BLC field school at the Historic Water Tower neighborhood in Milwaukee.< Less
Picturing Milwaukee: Washington Park Neighborhood, 2014 By Arijit Sen
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Students (local, regional, national and international) arrived in Milwaukee in early June, spent five intensive weeks measuring homes and businesses, conducting oral histories with new and long-term... More > residents and producing documentaries based on their fieldwork. It's the first of a three-year program exploring the neighborhood of Washington Park. Consider this project as a beginning of a conversation. More precisely, a three-year long conversation exploring enduring values, themes, dreams and practices that capture the spirit of the Washington Park neighborhood. This conversation will involve local residents, businesses, organizations, community scholars, students and faculty and engage them in a collaborative dialog.< Less
LEARNING FROM NEW ORLEANS STUDIO PROJECT THREE By Arijit Sen et al.
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When Hurricane Katrina struck the city of New Orleans in August 2005, UWM mobilized to provide assistance. First, the hurricane’s devastation was so severe that it would take years, not months,... More > for New Orleans to recover. Second, Katrina exposed racial and socioeconomic cleavages that challenge our sense of what it means to be living in America in the 21st century. In fall 2010, students enrolled in Prof. Harry Van Oudenallen and Prof. Arijit Sen’s Learning From New Orleans Integrated Design Studio, in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and visited New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward community for 10 days. This is a monograph documenting work done in this studio.< Less
Imagine Devon By Arijit Sen
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ImagineDevon is an urban design studio offered by the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This studio and related support courses contribute to the... More > Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures initiative (BLC) between University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Madison focusing on the study of the cultural landscapes of the Upper Midwest within a global perspective. Seven students enrolled in this elective studio studied how the physical and social environment along Devon Avenue, Chicago sustained multiple immigrant cultures. In addition to ethnographic research, students also compiled archival and population data from Chicago-area depositories. Understanding how the physical environment accommodated social diversity and mixed-use neighborhoods allowed the students to develop their vision and interventions for this street over a sixty-year period.< Less

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