The International Ambiances Network aims at structuring and developing the research field of architectural and urban ambiances. It wishes to promote the sensory domain in the questioning and design of lived space. This sensitive approach of the built environment involves all the senses (sound, light, odors, touch, heat, etc.).
The International Ambiances Network favors multisensoriality and pluridisciplinarity (human and social sciences; architecture and urban planning; engineering and applied physics). It is open to a wide variety of profiles and includes research activities as well as design, teaching or artistic ones.
Researching and Representing Ambient and Atmospheric Geographies
A range of issues relating to the sensory geographies of ambiances and atmospheres require further exploration. In particular, issues of how to research and represent ambiances and atmospheres stand out here. These sessions will explore some of the conceptual starting points for such issues and suggest means of proceeding from them.
Dans une démarche de dialogue pluridisciplinaire, scientifique et pratique, le colloque propose de rendre compte et de discuter des d’usages et de pratiques d’animation dans l’espace public contemporain, à l’initiative d’habitants ou de professionnels. La multiplicité de ces situations nécessite de mener l’enquête : comment se fabrique la vie citadine selon les contextes urbains ? Comment se construit et se définit notre urbanité ? L’argument de ce colloque se centre sur l’espace public, envisagé comme un espace ouvert, concret, avec ses matérialités physiques et architecturales, ses ambiances ordinaires ou remarquables, ses pratiques sociales et ses rituels.
Cresson's Winter School 2015
The 3rd edition of the winter school, one-week intensive training, aiming to share the knowledge and the know-how of Cresson laboratory research team in the field of sound, is held, this year, under the theme "Representations of the Sonic Urban Environment".
Colloque “Le quotidien filmé - Archives filmiques et Espaces publics”
Que tout film, pour peu qu’il ait recours à l’enregistrement, puisse revendiquer la capacité de garder la marque (visuelle et sonore) d’une époque, particulièrement en témoignant de l’aspect et de l’agencement d’espaces urbains à une période donnée, est une évidence. Pour autant, cette évidence n’est pas sans engager une réflexion qui amène à interroger la notion d’archive filmique....
Launch of the CNRS GDRI Program “Translating Ambiances”, 2014-2017
This CNRS International Research Group (GDRI) was initiated by the International Ambiances Network to explore the issue of ambiances in translation. The word ‘translation’ should be taken in the broad sense of the term, and not reduced to a strictly language-based meaning, though this aspect is obviously present in the project, indeed a key component...
International Conference “Ambiance as a key issue in the contemporary Mediterranean public space”
Taking Tunisia as a case study, this international conference addresses the possibility of sharing contemporary public spaces in the Mediterranean. It addresses the role played by architecture and urban forms in the sharing process itself and also invites to think of future forms and ambiences in a context of hyper-plurality in which the notion of neighborhood is put into question and the notion of space marking is more than ever re-explored...
The International Ambiances Network currently hosts 724 individual members and 31 teams representative of many countries.
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Parution “En quête d'ambiances. Éprouver la ville en passant”
Depuis une vingtaine d’années, les ambiances sont un thème de recherche en pleine expansion. Qui dit ambiance dit nécessairement expérience située, tonalité affective, expression sensible d’une forme de vie sociale. L’ambiance participe bel et bien de ce qui fait un monde, de ce qui lui donne chair et lui confère un visage. Il en va des atmosphères sensibles qui colorent nos milieux de vie, modulent nos manières d’habiter et contribuent à nos façons de faire société.
En quête d’ambiances conjugue réflexion théorique, proposition méthodologique et investigation de terrain.
The Sound of the Ambiance of Languages. An Audio Visual experience developed by Aurore Bonnet and Valerio Signorelli for the first seminar of the CNRS GDRI Translating Ambiances, Nantes, September 9-12, 2014.
Worship Sound Spaces - Sound perception of places of worship via a multidisciplinary anthropological and acoustic approach
The aim of this workshop is to explore, with a trans-disciplinary perspective, the various sonic issues project managers encounter when building or rehabilitating worship spaces in different cultural contexts. Building or rehabilitating such spaces should not only answer to requirements dictated by the building but should also take into account the practices, perceptions and expectations of the various actors and users of those spaces (religious officiants and practitioners, etc.).
Call for Papers: Ambiance and history of architecture
How are we to account for the spatial, material and social arrangements which make a particular sensory configuration – an ambiance – at a given point in history? In raising this vast question, this special issue of the Ambiances journal aims to fill some of the gaps in history as it is currently practised: gaps relating to the environmental awareness of societies in the past with regard to buildings, gaps which show that the historical evolution of architecture and cities is linked to concrete experience of the built environment, appraisal of its potential for being inhabited, and its transformation for the demands and joys of use...
“Atmospheres”, Conference of the Morgan Centre, The University of Manchester
Atmospheres play a significant role in, and add an important quality to, our intimate, domestic and public lives, yet are often overlooked in social research, not least because of the methodological challenges involved in 'capturing' them. In this major conference celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Morgan Centre, we will be using the theme of 'atmospheres' as our starting point for interdisciplinary dialogue...
P.A.R.E Residency at Hexagram, Montreal
P.A.R.E (Place, Architecture, and Responsive Environments) is a 3 weeks long residency that is happening in the Hexagram Black box at Concordia University, where researchers will tackle research questions that relate to the themes of Place, Architecture, and Responsive environments, and engage in a dialogue that will potentially lead to future collaborations..
Call for Papers: Sound and Listening in Healthcare and Therapy
In the building of healthcare settings the impact of our sensory surroundings on our general well being and healing process is being highlighted as a key area of interest to be met as a part of the overall architectural approach described under concepts such as Evidence Based Design, Healing Architecture, Hospital for The Senses. Unfolding these visions in the auditive area calls for reflections on how sound and music can be thought as an integrated part of such a multisensory design, art or architectural or atmospheric approach of shared spaces.
Forum “Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality” - ACS 7
The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality invites participation in its Seventh Annual Symposium. ACS 7 will take place in the serene setting of the vast and inspiring New Mexico desert in the southwest of the United States. We selected this remarkable place to invite us to contemplate and live the theme of the symposium: “Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality.”
12th EAEA Conference, Lodz 2015, ”Image, Perception and Communication of Heritage”
The main topic of the 12th EAEA Conference will be: Image, Perception and Communication of Heritage. The conference invites submissions of research papers which will be organised in three tracks, namely: The image of (industrial) heritage - Perception of the past - Communication of heritage.
Publication “Atmospheres: Aesthetics of Emotional Spaces”
Originally published in Italian in 2010, this book is the first to address the theory of atmospheres in a thorough and systematic way. It examines the role of atmospheres in daily life, and defines their main characteristics. Outlining the typical phenomenological situations in which we experience atmospheres, it assesses their impact on contemporary aesthetics. It puts forward a philosophical approach which systematises a constellation of affects and climates, finds patterns in the emotional tones of different spaces (affordances) and assesses their impact on the felt body.