ARCH 302: Architecture and Human Behavior, Spring 2014
Amin Mojtahedi, Sections 603 and 605
Recreating the past
Take a trip back to Lisbon Avenue’s past (during the 1930s to 50s), and record your experiences of the old Lisbon: its social life, commercial vibe, community spirit, quality of buildings and open spaces, etc.
After you gathered enough data, try to make sense out of it by writing a narrative about something that strikes you most about the history of Lisbon Ave. Do it in ways that give contemporary residents a sense of pride, belonging and identity. Your stories should not only recreate lost histories but also invigorate public life and induce creative possibilities in the present. Remember, all stories need not be happy and positive; neighborhoods have sad and negative histories too.
Use the Model of Place as your theoretical framework to cover multiple aspects of place:
· One 8.5x11 title sheet that includes the assignment number, your narrative’s title, and a listing of team members.
· One 11x17 sheet that reflects your study about the history of the American commercial strip corridors (or the history of place type). The text associated with this part needs to be at least 300 words in length.
· One to two 11x17 sheets that conveys your analysis of the historical Lisbon Ave. (your designated area) based on the template. The narrative associated with this part needs to be at least 300 words in length, effectively describing the information you uncovered and its importance.
· Associate your narrative with Sanborn maps, Nolli plans, archival photos, old newspapers, historical demographic and census data, the Model of Place, etc. as evidence to support your story.
· Remember to cite appropriately, listing sources for photos and maps at the bottom of the image and including sources for any other reference materials that you used on the last page. Note that Wikipedia is not accepted as a source, but may be a good starting point for further research.
· Combine all pages into a single PDF file and be ready to present in class.
· Milwaukee Public Library Archives and UWM library archives for Sanborn Maps and City Directories.
· Washington Park Library for local archives.
· Chapter Look, in Ernest T. Stringer, Action Research, (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc., 2007).
· Emily Talen, Design for Diversity: Exploring Socially Mixed Neighborhoods, (Architectural Press, 2008).
· “Commercial Architecture Guide”, http://www.sfasu.edu/heritagecenter/images/Arch_Guide(2).pdf, (Accessed January 20, 2014).
· Smart Growth, “Restructuring the Commercial Strip: A practical guide for planning the revitalization of deteriorating strip corridors”, http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/2010_0318_wa_328_corridor_manual2.pdf
· City of Chicago, “Your House has a History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Your Property,” (Chicago: Commission on Chicago Landmarks, 1988), http://webapps.cityofchicago.org/landmarksweb/static/pdf/Your_House_Has_A_History.pdf, (Accessed January 5, 2014).
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