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.
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...
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".
The International Ambiances Network currently hosts 682 individual members and 28 teams representative of many countries.
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Call for Abstracts "Atmospheres", 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...
Deadline for submission: 12th January 2015
Call for Proposals “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.”
Deadline for submission: January 19, 2015
Call for Papers: Researching and Representing Ambient and Atmospheric Geographies - AAG Annual Conference, Chicago 2015
Recent research in human geography has shown sensitivity towards the sensory experience of space. In particular, and in concert with developments around affect, new materialisms, and non-representational theories, attention has been drawn towards the ephemeral and transient atmospheres and ambiances that press upon, and give consistency to, the unfolding of social life...
12th EAEA Conference, Lodz 2015 - 1st Announcement and Call for Abstracts
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.
Deadline for submission: 10 November 2014
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.
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.