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P.A.R.E Residency at Hexagram, Montreal
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P.A.R.E Residency at Hexagram

April 20th to May 10th 2015, Montreal, Canada

P.A.R.E (Place, Architecture, and Responsive Environments)  is a 3 weeks long residency that is happening in the Hexagram Black box at Concordia University, where researchers will tackle research questions that relate to the themes of Place, Architecture, and Responsive environments, and engage in a dialogue that will potentially lead to future collaborations.

Public open house on Thursday, April 30th to showcase the work, and a long-table discussion on Friday May 1st.

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CFP - Sound and Listening in Healthcare and Therapy
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Call for papers: Sound and Listening in Healthcare and Therapy

SoundEffects, the interdisciplinary journal of sound and sound experience
Edited by Iben Have and Marie Højlund

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
  • Non-cochlear-, infra- and ultra-sound listening

Important dates:

  • Abstract deadline (300 words): April 30, 2015. Please send the abstract by mail to: ibenhave@dac.au.dk & musmkh@dac.au.dk
  • Decision regarding the abstracts: May 8, 2015
  • Article deadline (depending on a positive review of the abstract): October 19, 2015
  • Published: February 2016

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Call for Papers: Ambiance and history of architecture
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Ambiance and history of architecture: the built environment in our sensory experience and imagination

Ambiances – International Journal of the Sensory Environment, Architecture and Urban Space


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

Contact and information: ambiances.history@gmail.com

Download the Call for Papers (PDF)

Ambiance et histoire de l’architecture : l’expérience et l’imaginaire sensibles de l’environnement construit

Ambiances – Revue internationale sur l’environnement sensible, l’architecture et l’espace urbain


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

Contact et informations : ambiances.history@gmail.com

Télécharger l'Appel à articles (PDF)

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Publication “Place, Environment, Atmosphere”
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Place, Environment, Atmosphere

Studia Phaenomenologica vol. XIV/2014

  • Mădălina Diaconu, Ion Copoeru, Lived Places, Environments and Atmospheres: Phenomenology and the Transformations of Experience

  • Arnold Berleant, Environmental Sensibility
  • Gernot Böhme, Atmosphäre als Begriff der Ästhetik
  • Tonino Griffero, Atmospheres and Lived Space
  • Anton Vydra, Intimate and Hostile Places: A Bachelardian Contribution to the Architecture of Lived Spaces
  • Gunnar Declerck, Des Conséquences parfois penibles de prendre de la place
  • Jürgen Hasse, Der Leib der Stadt
  • Michael Lazarin, Phenomenology of Architecture: En (Edge, Connection, Destiny)
  • Abraham Akkerman, Towards a Phenomenology of the Winter-City: Urbanization and Mind Through the Little Ice Age and Its Sequels
  • Patricia Limido-Heulot, Pour une phénoménologie des paysages
  • Vincent Blok, Being-in-the-World as Being-in-Nature: An Ecological Perspective on "Being and Time"
  • Elsa Ballanfat, De la pensée de l’espace chez Heidegger à son expérience en chorégraphie"
  • Dragoș Duicu, La proto-structure spatialisante et dynamique: la solution patočkienne au problème de l’espace

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Call for abstracts "Atmospheres" - Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, Manchester
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Call for abstracts "Atmospheres"

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
  • Online/virtual atmospheres
  • How atmospheres can be 'captured' methodologically
  • What makes an atmosphere

Deadline: The deadline for submitting an abstract is 10am on Monday 12th January 2015

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