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Symposium - Embodiment in architecture and neuroscience
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”empirical: embodiment in architecture & neuroscience”

May 4th, 2016, 13.30 – Archizoom / 1015 Lausanne, EPFL Campus, SG 1211

Architectonic space engages several aspects of embodiment. While embodiment is a well-studied phenomenon in cognitive neuroscience, little is known about the impact of architecture on human behavior and self-consciousness. Here, we propose a symposium that promotes empirical scientific methods for architecture, studying the subjective experience of the body in space modulated by the facets of the environment.

Visuo-spatial effects of the arts on emotional states have been investigated for more than a decade through neuroaesthetics. Today knowledge about the effects of architecture on the body, feelings, emotions and wellbeing is sparse. We argue that findings from neuroscience can be implemented to the architectural design process for the improvement and enhancement of the user’s experience of space. The symposium “empirical: embodiment in architecture & neuroscience” is dedicated to architects, neuroscientists and engineers, who are interested in initiating a community centered on space design. Architects and planners are facing today unprecedented challenges – and, in the same measure, there are scientific and technological advancements under development that have not been tested for architectural purposes yet.

Guest talks
  • Theory, Culture, and Architectural Research by Harry Mallgrave
  • The embodied image by Juhani Pallasmaa

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Conference - On Atmospheres: Spaces of Embodiment
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“On Atmospheres: Spaces of Embodiment”

Harvard Graduate School of Design, February 4th-5th, 2016
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

ON ATMOSPHERES: Spaces of Embodiment 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. Organized By Silvia Benedito MAUD ’04, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard GSD, with the support of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA), and the Rouse Visiting Artist Program and Daniel Urban Kiley Fund at Harvard GSD.

February 4th

Keynote speaker: Günther Vogt, Vogt Landscape Architects, ETH Zürich

February 5th

Atmosphere as Matter: 
  • Gernot Böhme, Institut für Praxis der Philosophie
  • Kathleen L. John-Alder, Rutgers University
  • Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm Architects, Harvard GSD
  • Klaus Loenhart, Terrain: Architects and Landscape Architects, Technical University of Graz
  • Chris Welsby, Filmmaker, Simon Fraser University
Session moderated by Iñaki Abalos, Harvard GSD and Edward Eigen, Harvard GSD

Atmosphere as Condition:
  • Michael Jakob, La Haute École du Paysage, d'Ingénierie et d'Architecture de Genève
  • Barbara Kenda, Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
  • Ulrich Reuter, Department for Urban Climatology, Office for Environmental Protection
  • Iwan Baan, Photographer
Session moderated by Sonja Dümpelmann, Harvard GSD and Antoine Picon, Harvard GSD

Atmosphere as Affect:
  • David Howes, Centre for Sensory Studies, Concordia University
  • Jonathan Hill, Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Matthias Schuler, TRANSSOLAR Climate Engineering
  • Catherine Mosbach, Mosbach Paysagistes
  • Tomás Saraceno, Artist
Session moderated by Kiel Moe, Harvard GSD and Anne Whiston Spirn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anuradha Mathur, University of Pennsylvania, will moderate the final roundtable.



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CFP - Animating public space? Between urban programming and citizen activation
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Call for papers: Animating public space? Between urban programming and citizen activation

Special Issue directed by Pascale Pichon and Jean-Paul Thibaud

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.

The papers will focus on public space, treated as an open, concrete space, with its physical and architectural materialities, ordinary or remarkable ambiances, social practices and rituals. This public space is divided up into many singular and moving places. Whether developed or not, in- vested by ordinary people, passers by or residents, public policies leave their mark on decisions regarding development, and the commemorative or festive management of cultural events. This registry of animation policies can be questioned using concrete examples and can give rise to a critical point of view.


Authors should send their proposal of article of 3000-5000 signs to the guest editors of the Journal, prior to January 20th 2016:

The summary and the article itself can be submitted either in French or English. Graphic and/or sound accompanying the text are welcome.

The proposals will be examined by the guest editors and the members of the editorial board. After selection, authors will send their full article (between 25000 and 50000 characters) before May 20th 2016. Each contribution will be evaluated according to the standards of the Journal (two blind-review).

Contributors are invited to write their papers according to the note to authors: http://ambiances.revues.org/163



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Parution "En quête d'ambiances. Éprouver la ville en passant" - Jean-Paul Thibaud
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En quête d'ambiances. Éprouver la ville en passant
Jean-Paul Thibaud
MētisPresses, Collection vuesDensemble Essais
02-07-2015, 328 pages
ISBN: 978-2-94-0406-97-5


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.

L’ouvrage met en variation la thématique des ambiances afin d’explorer sa portée heuristique et sa valeur opératoire. L’expérience ordinaire des passants est mise à l’épreuve des ambiances urbaines. Ainsi une pluralité de thèmes, liés par une approche cohérente, est explorée systématiquement à travers les chapitres du livre, qu’il s’agisse des espaces publics, des environnements sonores ou lumineux, des milieux souterrains ou de la marche en ville.

Table des matières

Avant-propos
Exploration / L'ambiance à découvrir
  • Petite archéologie de la notion d'ambiance
  • L’horizon des ambiances urbaines
  • Articulation / L'ambiance à exprimer
  • L'écriture des silences de la ville
  • Heuristique des réseaux métaphoriques
Incarnation / L'ambiance à mobiliser
  • L'efficace des ambiances souterraines  
  • En passant: figures, allures, mesures
  • Des modes d'existences de la marche urbaine
Transformation / L'ambiance à générer  
  • La fabrique sensible de la rue en marche
  • Vers une grammaire générative des ambiances
  • Donner le ton aux territoires urbains
Clarification / L'ambiance à questionner
  • L'ambiance au filtre de la perception située
  • De la qualité diffuse aux ambiances vécues
  • La ville à l'épreuve des sens
Bibliographie
Index
Sources
Crédits


Jean-Paul Thibaud est sociologue de formation. Il est directeur de recherche CNRS au laboratoire CRESSON – Centre de Recherche sur l’Espace Sonore et l’Environnement Urbain / UMR 1563 « Ambiances, Architectures, Urbanités » – à l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble. Il est le fondateur du Réseau International Ambiances. Son domaine de recherche porte sur la théorie des ambiances urbaines, la perception ordinaire en milieu urbain, la culture et l’ethnographie sensibles des espaces publics, l’anthropologie du sonore et les méthodologies qualitatives in situ. Il a récemment édité, avec Cristiane Rose Duarte, l’ouvrage collectif Ambiances urbaines en partage (MetisPresses, 2013).

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Parution ”Le design urbain de proximité“
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Le design urbain de proximité à travers la photographie esthétique et existentiale

Murielle Drouille Scarpa, Ed Alvisopoli, 2015

Préfaces de :
  • Arnold Berleant, philosophe, USA
  • Albert Piette, anthropologue, Université de Nanterre
  • Bernard Pagand, architecte et expert de géographie arabe, Université Strasbourg/INSA
  • Pier Francesco Ghetti, écologue, Université Ca'Foscari, Venise

Ce livre comporte une vingtaine de pages de textes en trois langues (français, anglais, italien) et 92 pages de photos prises en traversant à pied les médinas et leur ambiance en plein mois d'aout.

Destinataires : architectes, urbanistes, designers, anthropologues, sociologues, voyageurs et photographes.



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