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.
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While the first Congress held in Grenoble in 2008
was all about forging a community and taking stock of research and practices in creating architectural and urban ambiances, the second Congress held in Montreal in 2012
was able to point up their practical – and even praxeological dimensions, be they of an architectural, urban, social, aesthetic, artistic, political, technical, environmental or pedagogical nature.
The Third Congress
will be used to circumscribe the notion of ambiance (or atmosphere) in a dynamic prospective and demonstrate how it can become an operator in transforming our habitats, cities and societies. So, the future of ambiances can be analysed according to a three-fold perspective in terms of its pragmatic, theoretical and prospective dimensions.
Cresson's Winter School 2016
The 4th 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 "Inhabited Ambiances and sound design: thresholds, limits, passages".
International Seminar “Linear parks and urban ambiances: Emerging concept to enhance the quality of life in informal settlements”
The seminar attempts to discuss the “linear parks concept” as a new approach that addresses the increasing problem of informal settlements along the water canals. The concept has been applied in similar urban contexts in several countries such as in Sao Paolo, Brazil and Bogota, Columbia and had positive results. The seminar aims at introducing this concept in the urban context of Cairo while discussing the possibility of applying such approach on water canals...
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.
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...
The International Ambiances Network currently hosts 791 individual members and 31 teams representative of many countries.
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Ambiances, tomorrow - 3rd International Congress on Ambiances
The call for abstracts is now closed. 292 proposals have been received from 32 countries! Ambiances, tomorrow inspired you.
Conference: On Atmospheres: Spaces of Embodiment
The symposium aims to press for a “meteorological turn” in design—a shift that recognizes the role of atmosphere and atmospherics as crucial subjects in the design of the contemporary city, and thus repositions the importance of aesthetics and sensation as physiological responses that mediate between the body and the built environment. Acknowledging the increasingly broad and specialized inquiry from a range of disciplines in the context of measured and sensed meteorological conditions, the symposium gathers a series of internationally prominent philosophers, artists, urbanists, architects, scholars, landscape architects, and landscape historians to reflect upon sensory well-being and the conditions of embodiment in the city.
Call for Papers: Animating public space? Between urban programming and citizen activation
This issue deals with the modes of animation of contemporary space, whether intentional or not, instigated by in habitants, officials or citizens, artists, urban planners or designers. Contributors are encouraged to discuss the different meanings of these practices of “animation” according to the perspectives considered, and to account for the situation processes at stake, from the inten- tions of the actors to the consequences of the action.
Deadline for proposals: January 20th 2016.
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.
Special issue: 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...
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.
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.