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.
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...
Cresson's Winter School 2014
The 2nd 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 "Sound auscultation of architecture".
Workshop “MOBIANCE : Outils numériques mobiles, ambiances et design urbain”
Les terminaux mobiles et notamment les tablettes tactiles, grâce à leurs multiples capacités d’affichage et d’interaction, leurs capteurs embarqués et leur connectivité, font émerger de nouveaux questionnements pour les pratiques de design urbain. Ils laissent entrevoir de nouvelles manières d’aborder le projet in situ, d’organiser les données virtuelles et réelles, de saisir les ambiances spécifiques d’un lieu, de faire interagir les multiples acteurs et usagers des espaces habités.
Publication of Ambiances urbaines en partage - Pour une écologie sociale de la ville sensible
Texts of: Luis Antonio Baptista, Hanène Ben Slama, Paola Berenstein Jacques, Samuel Bordreuil, Marc Crunelle, Cristiane Rose Duarte, Fabiana Dultra Britto, Gleice Azambuja Elali, Rainer Kazig, Anne Jarrigeon, Jacques Lolive, Damien Masson, Virginie Milliot, Cintia Okamura, Beatriz Santos de Oliveira, Robert Moses Pechman, Carolina Rodriguez-Alcalá, Jean-Paul Thibaud, Rachel Thomas.
The International Ambiances Network currently hosts 639 individual members and 27 teams representative of many countries.
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The Senses and Urban Public Space
How do the senses and the public space of the city shape one another? In light of growing scholarly interest in the historical specificities of sensorial experiences in various times and places, this session invites reflection on the ways in which the construction of public space is fundamentally bound up to people’s bodily engagement with the urban environment...
Call for Action: Re(s)on-art | An International Artistic Research Conference with Actions in Public Space
The aim of the conference Re(son)-Art is to explore public daily situations and to encourage daily urban awareness by collective actions, described as “the art of resonating with/in/through the city”. This means that the exploration will take the form of careful interventions, based in the participants’ own research and artistic practise...
Application Deadline: June 16, 2014
Panel "Exploring 'atmospheres': an anthropological approach?"
This panel invites an engagement with the concept of 'atmospheres' and its relevance for anthropological research. Focussed on an exploration of atmospheres, we will discuss critically how affect, perception, sociality and actions are creative of and co-created by atmospheric spaces and bodies.
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.
Call for papers: The experience economy
In the global economic decline increasing interest in growth through creative industries that cater to enhanced consumption has resulted in new forms of tourism and culture. In the urban and architectural context, the experience economy and its design and production of experience has focused in particular on unprecedented spatial encounters within the built environment. From innovative tourism to hospitality and retail, the creation of such experience often originates from inimitable settings...
Publication “Penser le changement institutionnel”
Les études en sciences sociales consacrées au changement institutionnel peuvent-elles se passer du vécu individuel et ordinaire de ce changement ? Ce livre propose d'intégrer l'expérience sensible du sujet comme point de passage obligé à l'analyse des formes et dynamiques institutionnelles.
Invisible Places, Sounding Cities - Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place
Often acoustic space is ignored in the construction of a public space, yet the negative impact this has does not seem to get many complaints. People rarely require more quality of the sonic world, because the average consumer does not have the necessary references to change this state of affairs...