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.
Currently we also experience an increasing interest in different kinds of digital self-help audio material, storable in smartphones and suitable for mobile, modern everyday life. Various therapeutic audio material (spoken, musical, sound designed) is offered by psychologist, pharmacies and (self-taught) therapists on the Internet. Investigations of the psychological as well as somatic effects of perceived sound are central in this issue of SoundEffects, and we would like also to encourage contributions on voice and organized sound addressing sound and health in relation to specific media, genres, needs, disorders, and social and cultural behavior.
Another relevant perspective is auscultation and other practices of listening aided by acoustic and technological devices used in healthcare. Currently sonification of data is an emerging field of research, as well as artists exploring alternative forms of technological-aided listening beyond the limitations of human capabilities, termed non-cochlear- ultra- and infra-sound. We seek concepts, methods and tools for analyzing, designing, evaluating and unfolding the acoustic shared environment considering site-specificity as well as individual, social, technological and cultural listening circumstances in relation to health. Contributions to this volume are invited to explore (but not restricted to) the following themes related to healthcare:
Ecological approaches to shared sound, music and listening.
Sound design and music for shared atmospheres.
Alternative interfaces for interactive sound and music.
Generative soundscapes, music and dynamic composition.
Audio technologies for social interaction and individual listening.
Tools and methods for sound design and evaluation of sound design.
Shared and individual listening and coping strategies.
Audio therapy and mobile listening.
Music therapy and Music intervention.
Sound and somatic cure
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), whispering, and spoken word therapy.
Sonification, auscultation and other technological aided listening tactics
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. So, with this call for papers, we are positing that the ambiance of these places and spaces is one of the little understood forces in architectural and urban history.
In their work Lucien Febvre, Alain Corbin, Sabine Barles, Jacques Léonard and Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud – among others – have plotted the growth of olfactory, auditory and visual pollution. Many recent scientific publications have also highlighted the permanence of these phenomena in history. Treating ambiance as a historical object, as a medium for new knowledge about past buildings – much as ongoing research into the weather, desire, the human body or private life – opens the way for three new types of investigation:
Exploring sensory sources over time
Interpreting and reconstituting past sensory experience
Revealing imaginary ambiances
Launch of the call for papers: 15th February 2015
Deadline for reception of proposals: 15th May (500 to 800 words)
Response to authors: 15th June
Deadline for reception of complete articles: 15th October (4000 to 8000 words)
Projected publication of the special issue: September 2016
Special issue Editors
Olivier Balaÿ, architect, urbanist and faculty member, professor at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon, researcher at Cresson, UMR AAU CNRS-MCC-ECN
Stéphane Frioux, lecturer in modern history, Université Lumière-Lyon2, researcher at Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes, UMR CNRS 5190 LARHRA.
Nathalie Simonnot, architectural historian, researcher at LÉAV, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, France
Comment peut-on rendre compte des dispositions spatiales, matérielles et sociales qui fabriquent 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 conduite aujourd’hui : celles qui touchent à la conscience environnementale des sociétés du passé sur les 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 cet appel à articles un pari : celui de placer l’ambiance de ces espaces et de ces lieux comme une des forces méconnues de l’histoire architecturale et urbaine.
Les travaux de Lucien Febvre, d’Alain Corbin, de Sabine Barles, de Jacques Léonard, de Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud, pour ne citer qu’eux, ont retracé la croissance des pollutions olfactives, auditives et visuelles. De nombreuses manifestations scientifiques récentes ont également mis en évidence la permanence de ces phénomènes dans l’histoire. Interroger l’ambiance comme objet historique, comme support de connaissances nouvelles sur les bâtiments du passé, au même titre que le sont aujourd’hui les recherches sur le temps, le désir, le corps, la beauté, la vie privée, etc. permet d’ouvrir trois nouveaux types d’investigations :
Explorer les sources du sensible à travers le temps
Interpréter et restituer les expériences sensibles passées
Révéler des imaginaires d’ambiance
Lancement de l’appel à articles : 15 février 2015
Réception des propositions : 15 mai 2015 (3000 à 5000 signes)
Réponses aux auteurs : 15 juin 2015
Réception des articles complets : 15 octobre 2015 (25000 à 50000 signes)
Publication indicative du dossier thématique : septembre 2016
Coordinateurs du dossier
Olivier Balaÿ, architecte en exercice, urbaniste, professeur à l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon, chercheur au CRESSON, UMR AAU CNRS-MCC-ECN.
Stéphane Frioux, maître de conférences en histoire contemporaine, Université Lumière-Lyon2, Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes, UMR CNRS 5190.
Nathalie Simonnot, historienne de l’architecture, ingénieur de recherche, laboratoire LÉAV, École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles
Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, 1-2 July 2015, 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.
Abstracts are invited in the following kinds of areas. These are intended to stimulate ideas and are not prescriptive:
Atmospheres in intimate, domestic and emotional life
Belonging, place and atmosphere
Smell, sight, sound, touch and taste
Political and socio-cultural atmospheres
Atmosphere, public events and crowds
How atmospheres can be 'captured' methodologically
What makes an atmosphere
Deadline: The deadline for submitting an abstract is 10am on Monday 12th January 2015
Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality
7th Symposium of the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality, June 18-21, 2015, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA
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.” Although the symposium will focus on landscape and culture in the context of the ‘quotidian,’ we will consider submissions addressing other issues related to ACS and include them in at least one open session during ACS7. These sessions will provide a forum to present what is currently being studied, discussed, practiced, or taught in the area of architecture, culture and spirituality.
As in previous ACS meetings, the symposium will be structured around several subtopics focusing on various aspects of the general theme, and the number of attendees will be kept small on purpose to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be some free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.
Deadline: January 19, 2015. Submission details: 500 to 1000 words long proposals for either the Open or Symposium Topic Sessions will be peer-reviewed by at least three ACS scholars/professionals.