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.
4th GDRI Seminar Translating Ambiances - Professional translations
The CNRS International Research Group (GDRI) was initiated by the International Ambiances Network to explore the issue of ambiances in translation. The aim of the 4th seminar is to look at how the field of ambiances is transformed and hybridized as soon as it comes into contact with design practice and development constraints. We shall draw on the experience of each team to put into perspective the various contexts, applications and uses of the ambiance concept. This form of translation will deliberately focus on a forward-looking approach, in search of new modus operandi for design.
By focusing on operations designed to clarify, explore, experiment and look to the future, we can assess the possibility of a pragmatist attitude to ambiances. In this respect our purpose is not so much to take stock of existing learning or to stop at a single model for making sense of ambiance, but rather to put to the test a field of research and action that is in the process of taking shape
Living modern architectural heritage in the age of sustainability: Ambiances and quality of use
Ambiances are at the heart of this research and workshop, as a way to reveal how this modern heritage is understood/approached and its peculiarities in times of energy transition.
Conferences and field work will tend to investigate the users’ perceptions and representations of several modern residential sites as well as to sharpen the students’ ability to design an architectural and urban project taking into account environmental and social aspects.
The workshop is an opportunity for the students to confront their knowledge and practice to alterity – be it cultural (American – French) or based on their status (professional, apprentice, daily user of the sites…).
MOBIANCE 3 - Sharing Cities, Ambient Commons and Urban Futures
In the 2017 edition, the aim of the Mobiance 3 seminar and workshop will be to study the relationship between the sharing society paradigm, new mobile technologies and how these are changing the way we interact and design cities. The event is, in fact, intended as an opportunity for exploring novel ideas and for envisioning future urban scenarios for the facilitation and development of the sharing society in cities.
Missing maps of urban violence: counter-mapping cities under occupation. Mapping the sensitive memories of political violence
The seminar brings together researchers in social sciences, cartographers and human rights activists / NGOs. The purpose is to reflect on the challenges of mapping urban violence and the memories of violence which are most of the time conflicting. The workshop seeks to discuss the possibility and purposes of mapping political violence from a variety of data collected on the ground, among populations, by actors and activists from non-governmental organizations, Human rights organization and by researchers. The workshop will propose a comparative approach of two cities which can be considered in a state of war: Srinagar, in Kashmir and Hebron, in Palestine.
Cresson's Winter School 2017
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 "Sketching sonic ambiences: towers and courtyards in dense urban context".
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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.
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 902 individual members and 30 teams representative of many countries.
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Gernot Boehme, Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism
Aesthetic Economy is a theory of the recent development of capitalism in our national economies. Basic needs are easily satisfied and, as a result, most commodities are no longer intended for consumption, but for the staging of our lives. That is, they are used to produce atmospheres. Applications of the theory are found wherever staging is performed: in commodity aesthetics, in marketing, as well as in the sphere of production. As to technology, we find a turn from useful to joyful technology. And the technology of entertainment has become a huge part of the general economy. Similarly, a further horizon of Aesthetic Economy is to be seen in the aestheticization of politics, the staging of sporting events and the management of culture.
Symposium series: The Body, the Mind and the City
Healing Places has the pleasure to invite you to The Body, the Mind and the City, a series of 5 symposiums that will take place between June and July 2017 at Post-Office. Together with spatial designers, scientists, tech developers, artists and designers, we will explore the relationship between the human body and physical space. These transdisciplinary discussions will also investigate how space design and technology can affect our physiological and psychological condition, change our sensory perception and behaviors.
Toward an Anthropology of Ambient Sound. Edited by Christine Guillebaud
This volume approaches the issue of ambient sound through the ethnographic exploration of different cultural contexts including Italy, India, Egypt, France, Ethiopia, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, and Japan. It examines social, religious, and aesthetic conceptions of sound environments, what types of action or agency are attributed to them, and what bodies of knowledge exist concerning them. Contributors shed new light on these sensory environments by focusing not only on their form and internal dynamics, but also on their wider social and cultural environment.
Tonino Griffero new book - Quasi-Things. The Paradigm of Atmospheres
In this book, Tonino Griffero introduces and analyzes an ontological category he terms “quasi-things.” These do not exist fully in the traditional sense as substances or events, yet they powerfully act on us and on our states of mind. He offers an original approach to the study of emotions, regarding them not as inner states of the subject, but as atmospheres, that is as powers poured out into the lived space we inhabit.
CFP - Entre controverses environnementales et projets d’aménagement : le paysage à l’épreuve des sens
Ce numéro de VertigO souhaite appréhender le paysage multisensoriel à travers trois focales : les sensibilités paysagères, les méthodologies du sensible et l’espace sensible considéré comme outil et objet de l’aménagement. Les propositions peuvent émaner de chercheurs et de praticiens, avec la possibilité de textes cosignés. Ils croiseront en tous les cas un axe de réflexion privilégié (analyse des situations d’in/acceptabilité, généalogie, dispositifs, usages savants) avec l’un et/ou l’autre des mondes de la pratique identifiés.
Date limite pour l’envoi des propositions : 15 mai 2017
Envisioning the City of the Future: Making the Invisible Visible
The international contest is open to students, graduates and experts and its aim is to imagine and design possible scenarios of the city of the future: How will smart and sharing cities look like in the future? How are these changes going to impact on people’s lives in cities?
Closing of applications and deadline for project submission: May 15th, 2017
Appel à contributions - Exercices d’ambiances. Présences, enquêtes, écritures ?
Les contributions attendues exploreront les potentialités de l’enquête sur les phénomènes d’ambiances : les propositions d’articles rendant compte d’enquêtes ethnographiques ou sociologiques originales et inédites seront privilégiées. Il s’agit d’interroger l’efficacité concrète des ambiances en privilégiant l’observation méthodique des pratiques « en train de se faire » et la description située. Comment prendre appui sur les gestes des praticiens des ambiances pour dégager ce que leurs conditions d’émergence ont de précis, voire d’exact ? Comment rendre compte de l’importance des ambiances dans les descriptions ethnographiques, et à quelles conditions ?
CFP - Paysages sensoriels : quelles places dans les sciences humaines et sociales ?
L’objectif de ce colloque est triple. D’une part, il s’agira de mettre en évidence les modalités méthodologiques, théoriques et pratiques de la mobilisation des paysages sensoriels dans les différentes sciences humaines et sociales. D’autre part, on envisagera les conséquences épistémologiques que cette mobilisation des paysages sensoriels entraîne. Enfin, à ces deux approches plus théoriques pourront s’adjoindre des études de cas permettant de définir des paysages sensibles, avec des approches méthodologiques spécifiques à chaque science humaine ou sociale, offrant des éléments de réflexion et de comparaison.
Parution du dossier thématique ”Ambiance et histoire de l’architecture : l’expérience et l’imaginaire sensibles de l’environnement construit“
Comment rendre compte des dispositions spatiales, matérielles et sociales qui fabriquent réellement ou imaginairement une configuration sensible particulière, une ambiance, à un moment donné de l’histoire ? En posant cette vaste question, ce dossier thématique de la revue Ambiances cherche à combler quelques-unes des brèches dans l’histoire architecturale conduite et enseignée aujourd’hui : celles qui touchent à l’étude approfondie des constructions, celles qui énoncent que l’évolution historique de l’architecture et des villes est liée à l’expérience concrète de l’environnement construit, à l’évaluation de son potentiel d’habitabilité, à sa transformation pour les besoins et la joie de l’usage. Nous faisons ainsi de ce dossier thématique un pari : celui de placer l’ambiance vécue de la propagation des flux comme une des forces méconnues de l’histoire architecturale.
Publication of ”The Aesthetics of Atmospheres“ by Gernot Böhme, edited by Jean-Paul Thibaud
Interest in sensory atmospheres and architectural and urban ambiances has been growing for over 30 years. A key figure in this field is acclaimed German philosopher Gernot Böhme whose influential conception of what atmospheres are and how they function has been only partially available to the English-speaking public. This translation of key essays along with an original introduction charts the development of Gernot Böhme's philosophy of atmospheres and how it can be applied in various contexts such as scenography, commodity aesthetics, advertising, architecture, design, and art.
CFP - Invisible Places 2017 - Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place
The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars, artists and theoreticians on soundscape art and ecology and encourage them to present new perspectives that will further interdisciplinary research and practice. We still know little about the complex relationships between landscapes and soundscapes or the significance of acoustic ecology for all living organisms including ourselves. Focused study and intentional stewardship of our sound heritage for the holistic evaluation of landscapes is fundamental to the evolution of all species, and will have a great impact on the survival of many. This will be a central topic to be discussed.
CFP - Feeling in Music and Sound: Atmosphere, Stimmung, Mood
Despite the fertile intersections of music and atmosphere, music scholarship has often referred to phenomena of atmosphere or collective mood only in passing. This contrasts with contemporary sound studies, in which notions of atmosphere along with ambience and affect have gained currency to investigate music and sound as phenomena of space and place. This panel thus invites papers that advance and challenge existing concepts of atmosphere, Stimmung or mood through music and sound. We welcome in particular contributions that go beyond a notion of atmosphere, Stimmung or mood as spatial intensity, and that widen the focus to include performance, process, duration, dynamism, tension, timbre, resonance, or rhythm. Furthermore, this panel seeks to foster dialogue between the burgeoning anglophone scholarship on atmosphere as grounded in affect theory and germanophone notions of atmosphere that bear on New Phenomenology.